Harry Potter's worst enemies
Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes)
In the new film, the dark wizard is poised to assume supreme power over the magical world (and the Muggle world, too). He just needs to kill that irksome Harry Potter — and he’s desperate to discover how. (The answer may reside in those mysterious objects known as the Deathly Hallows.)
Now you see him, now you don’t Although he plays a central role in The Deathly Hallows — Part 2 (due July 15, 2011), Harry’s archenemy appears only sporadically in Part 1. And that, it seems, is what J.K. Rowling intended. ”She rather brilliantly rationed out her main villain,” says Jason Isaacs, who portrays Voldemort ally Lucius Malfoy (see below). ”You [slowly] realize that people you were scared of, like Malfoy, are nothing compared to [him].”
Clothes make the villain Tom Felton, who plays Lucius’ son, Draco (see below), says there’s a stark contrast between the ”charming” Ralph Fiennes and his alter ego: ”I don’t know what’s more scary — him as Voldemort or him as a lovely gentleman [off camera] but dressed in that horrific fashion.”
Severus Snape (Alan Rickman)
Harry’s least favorite teacher since they first clashed in The Sorcerer’s Stone, Snape is now second only to Voldemort on Harry’s enemies list after he killed Hogwarts headmaster Albus Dumbledore in The Half-Blood Prince.
Method to his meanness ”It took me a few years to even muster up the courage to speak to Alan, because, uh, he really lives the part of Snape,” says Felton. ”Alan definitely had his own type of villainy about him.”
Snape is cuddly? ”Alan’s so misunderstood,” says Helena Bonham Carter, who plays fellow baddie Bellatrix Lestrange (see below). ”People think he’s very like Snape. I used to find him forbidding before I knew him, and now he’s all soft and cuddly and adorable.” Acting with him, though, presented its own set of challenges. ”I did have trouble keeping a straight face,” she says. ”Luckily, he was patient with me just laughing in his face.”
Bellatrix Lestrange (Helena Bonham Carter)
After escaping Azkaban prison in The Order of the Phoenix, Bellatrix promptly murdered Harry’s godfather, Sirius Black (Gary Oldman). And in The Half-Blood Prince, she gleefully wreaked havoc on Hogwarts — and torched Hagrid’s hut! If that wasn’t dark and wicked enough, Bonham Carter notes, ”she’s totally besotted by Voldemort.”
Substitute witch Bonham Carter wasn’t supposed to play Bellatrix, but stepped in when Helen McCrory (The Queen) had to bow out. (McCrory was later cast as Bellatrix’s sister, Narcissa Malfoy.) ”There wasn’t a huge amount on the page,” recalls Bonham Carter of Bellatrix’s first appearance in The Order of the Phoenix, ”but I remember getting this message from J.K. Rowling saying the character is going to be really important in the last [film].”
Action hero In The Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Bellatrix duels with some fellow Death Eaters. ”My wand becomes a whip,” she says. ”I’ve never been tempted to do an action film. It’s really good fun.”
Trick-or-treat star ”Apparently I’m in the top five Halloween costumes for two characters: Bellatrix and the Red Queen [from this year’s Alice in Wonderland],” says Bonham Carter, who kept Bellatrix’s false teeth. ”That’s a real accolade.”
Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton)
The son of a (now-disgraced) disciple of Voldemort, Draco has been raised from birth to loathe Harry and everything he stands for. From the day they met in The Sorcerer’s Stone, Draco tried to make Harry’s life miserable. But things changed after Draco allowed Bellatrix and her fellow Death Eaters to attack his school in The Half-Blood Prince. ”He’s an exile,” says Felton, ”no longer welcome at Hogwarts.”
Regrets, he has a few In The Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Harry breaks into Malfoy Manor, which has been taken over by Voldemort. ”When [Draco] sees Harry again, after being surrounded by all that evil,” says Felton, ”he realizes he’s actually been fighting on the wrong side. But of course his hands are tied.”
It takes a coven Growing up on a movie set could have been tricky. But Felton says ”the villains have really been taking ultimate care of me. Jason [Isaacs] has been very paternal, and Alan [Rickman] and Ralph [Fiennes] have been very kind with their time.”
Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs)
In The Chamber of Secrets, Lucius plotted to bring back Voldemort; by The Order of the Phoenix, he’d been captured after attacking Harry and his pals in the Ministry of Magic. Newly sprung from Azkaban prison in The Deathly Hallows — Part 1, Isaacs explains, ”Lucius has gone from being the most entitled, obnoxious, racist pig to a broken, emasculated shadow of a man.”
If looks could kill ”Prison was not kind to [Lucius],” says Isaacs. ”He took great pride in his hair and appearance, and [now] he looks like he’s been run over by a tractor.”
Good company ”Since we’re surrounded by this kind of roll call of actors,” says Isaacs of his celebrated Potter costars, ”we’re all chewing the scenery because we know we have to just to get your attention.”
Wormtail (Timothy Spall)
Peter ”Wormtail” Pettigrew sold out Harry’s parents to Voldemort. He then transformed into Ron’s pet rat until he was discovered in The Prisoner of Azkaban. He’s since served at Voldemort’s side.
Fate postponed? (SPOILER ALERT!) According to Rowling’s last novel, Wormtail should meet his end by the climax of The Deathly Hallows — Part 1, but he doesn’t. Will he die in Part 2? ”I can’t discuss it,” Spall says. ”I don’t want Warner Bros. putting me in Azkaban.”
Scabior (Nick Moran)
The newest Potter villain is an Azkaban ex-con heading a crew of Snatchers for the Death Eater-led Ministry of Magic. ”It’s all very reminiscent of Germany in the 1930s,” says Moran (Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels).
Making the cut Some of Scabior’s darkest moments were edited out. ”I give Ron Weasley a proper kicking and call him Ginger, ” says Moran. ”Then I sniff Hermione and say, ‘You’re going to be my favorite.’ If you take the wands out, it’s something out of an Eli Roth movie.’
The Rest of The Worst
Pius Thickness (Guy Henry)
The new Minister of Magic is also a lapdog of You-Know-Who.
Albert Runcorn (David O’Hara)
A Ministry of Magic lackey tasked with rounding up Muggle-born wizards.
Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton)
The pink-clad authoritarian survived an attack by centaurs at the end of The Order of the Phoenix; now she’s thriving as a Ministry inquisitor.
Yaxley (Peter Mullan)
A gruff Death Eater who works with Umbridge.
Narcissa Malfoy (Helen McCrory)
Bellatrix’s sister and Draco’s mum.
Fenrir Greyback (David Legeno)
The werewolf Snatcher bit Ron’s brother Bill.
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