'GOBLET OF FIRE' Fiennes to portray Voldemort
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been named.
Ralph Fiennes, who played memorable evil guys in "Red Dragon" and "Schindler's List," has signed on to portray the wicked warlock Voldemort in the next "Harry Potter" movie, Warner Bros. announced this week.
Voldemort is so bad that the magical characters in author J.K. Rowling's stories do their best not to speak his name aloud.
In the first three installments of the saga, a deadly magic spell meant for a baby Harry Potter backfired and deprived Voldemort of a body. So only his spirit wrought havoc in "The Sorcerer's Stone," "The Chamber of Secrets" and the recent "Prisoner of Azkaban."
But Voldemort finally returns in the flesh in part four: "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire."
Others in cast
Filming has been under way on "Goblet" since June 25, mainly with star Daniel Radcliffe as the boy-wizard, and co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as his pals Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Fiennes has not yet filmed any scenes.
Other additions to the cast include Brendan Gleeson ("Troy," "The Village" and "Cold Mountain") as Potter's new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher, the fearsome Mad-Eye Moody, and Miranda Richardson, ("The Crying Game," "Sleepy Hollow") as Rita Skeeter, a gossip columnist for a magical newspaper.
"Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," directed by "Four Weddings and a Funeral" filmmaker Mike Newell, is scheduled for theatrical release in November 2005.