While on the rounds promoting Alice in Wonderland Helena Bonham Carter spoke to Rotten Tomatoes about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Since Order of the Phoenix she has played whack job Bellatrix Lestrange, and in the next two films she gets up to quite a few immoral deeds, such as murdering and torturing some the characters we’ve known for year.
In the interview Carter talks about her last day of filming, falling off a table, and comments on some girl on girl duelling that will take place during the final films climax.
“I’m mostly in [Deathly Hallows: Part 2],” she told RT. “But it was fun. I died on my last day, which was really weird — to actually be [killed] on my last day. Molly Weasley – Julie Walters – kills me.”
And it’ll be quite the moment, she explained. “I do get a good death scene,” she told us. “It was really exhausting. As usual! [I’m] duelling, with a wand, on a table. I fell right off. I was clever enough to say, ‘If you’re going to ask me to duel, backwards, can we put a stuntman at the end?’ They said, ‘Ah, you won’t need one.’ And what did I do? Walked straight off.
“You’d think with 70 people looking at you, one of them would go, ‘Er, could you stop?!’ No! They loved it. I nearly killed myself — on the day that I died.”
For Bonham-Carter, bringing Bellatrix to an end was an emotional experience given her investment in the creation of the character as she appears in the films. “Bellatrix wasn’t on the page,” she explained. “I did think, What can I do to make this interesting? She was just written as tall and gaunt, but I knew there was something I got attracted to — playing arrested development. You know, children. Bellatrix is another child — stuck and totally anarchic.”
MTV also interviewed the actress, and she talks about the part in the film when Hermione takes the form of Bellatrix. Non-US people may not be able to watch it, so click here to read what she has to say.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 will be released in November (we may be getting a trailer with Clash of the Titans in April), and the final film will be released next July.