Helen McCrory: “Wicked and Witchy” for Half-Blood Prince

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Apr 13, 2008

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Actress Helen McCrory is profiled in a new article now online from the Daily Mail in which she talks about her career, life, and role as Narcissa Malfoy in the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” film. In this lengthy article, Helen briefly discusses her role as Narcissa in the sixth film, saying: “Just wait for me to be wicked and witchy.” As readers will remember, due to her pregnancy during the “Order of the Phoenix” filming, she was unable to take on the role of Bellatrix Lestrange in that film, but, the article notes, was instead offered the role of Bellatrix’s sister, Narcissa, in the “Half-Blood Prince” and “Deathly Hallows” films.

Production is currently underway for “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” which is set for a November 2008 release.

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65 Responses to Helen McCrory: “Wicked and Witchy” for Half-Blood Prince

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What an interesting bit of casting. I’m still glad HBC was cast as Bellatrix, but good luck to Helen McCrory as her sis Narcissa.

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Thank God she plays Narcissa! I mean, I’m so happy with our Bellatrix and Helena! And for Helen, she looks like Narcissa i imagined (just blond:D) yeah….I want to see that picture too!

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Narcissa was blond haired, wasn’t she?

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Ummm…let’s just say, I’m not a fan…

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Even with blonde hair, McCory does not look at all how I, at least, imagined Narcissa. But if she plays the part well, I’ll be happy enough.

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I am very glad thatHelena got Bellatrix instead!!! She is awsome and ever since ootp I have loved her!!!I am questioning Helen as Narcissa. She dosnt really have the looks…but we’ll see…

Luv-Lily

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i think helen will be good as narcissa however to be honest i pictured narcissa being younger than what helen looks like..but mabye turning blonde will make her look younger. Im glad that helena got the role of bellatrix though shes perfect for the part cant imagine anyone else doing it.

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I agree i cannot picture any one but HBC playing bella, i am sure helen wil do well as narcissa, as for narcissa’a age remember at this point inthe HP story her son Draco is 16 going on 17 and she has been through the trauma of having her husband arrested and her home searched. so her looking a bit older than you might think would make sense

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To be perfectly frank, none of the actors except Evanna Lynch looks anything like the way I imagined the characters. Not Dan, not Emma, not Rupert, not Michael Gambon, not Alan Rickman, not Maggie Smith, not Bonnie Wright, not even Helena Bonham Carter. ::shrug:: But they all do a great job, and I love them all for doing a great job and for bringing HP to life.

I’m looking forward to adding Helen McCrory to the list. ::nod::

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I pictured Narcissa as a cold aristocratic type brought down by the fear of something horrible happening to her only child as well as the imprisonment of her husband. I think this actress will do the part justice just as HBC did to Bellatrix. I can’t wait to see her on screen! (insert fangirl squee)

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Why can’t you people just be nice sometimes and give this lady a chance. Every time there is a cast update or a photo everyone takes out their claws and start ripping it all apart. I thought we were fans here. I think it would be better to hold judgment of someone until you see them in the part and not some photos of her in other roles or a bad photo from the set. Helen is only 38 years old which if this was Narcissa’s age at this point would mean that she was 22 when she had Draco. With Draco being 16/17 then Helen is the right age to play his mother.

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She’s supposed to be blonde. Oh well. I guess that short of detail doesn’t really matter. Just like with every being pissed that Harry doesn’t have green eyes in the movie.

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Oh well… Is Narcissa supposed to be “wicked” in the Spinner’s End scene? To me, she just seemed a woman deeply worried about her son and husband…

She looks better with blond hair, though =)))

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Why isn’t she blonde?!

I don’t think I’ve ever seen her before, or if I have I can’t remember it. I hope she’ll be good, I love Narcissa.

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She played PM Tony Blair’s wife in THE QUEEN and I though she was very Narcissa-esque in that. She is a marvelous actress and very funny.

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I think she looks marverlous, although from the picture I cant tell exactly what she looks like or how lond her hair is. That would be weird if Lucius had longer hair than his wife. I dont think its the case though. We just cant see these very well. She looks great with her golden locks and GREEN dress on. Im excited that she is in this one and returning for the DH movie as well. I hoped she would.

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I’m sure that she’s a wonderful actress, and I think she will do well as Narcissa. however, even with blond hair, she doesn’t look like Narcissa to me. I have always seen Narcissa as having very fine, delicate, but sharp features. I’m sure that she’ll be great as Narcissa.

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good lord , dont know how to spell. meant marvelous and long her hair is.

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We haven’t even seen a clear picture of her. How the hell can people judge her already: her hair is brown (it’s blond now), she’s too old (no, she’s Narcissa’s age), her facial features are wrong (how is that, her facial features are never discussed in the books). This is a ‘dame’-quality actrice. Just wait and see, if she actually sucks ass in HPB i will take back my words, but I seriously doubt that she will suck!

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I really didnt picture narcissa to look like that at all but, who knows she may be the best actress in it.Ofcourse im so glaad she’s not bella that would have been awful.Anyway im sure i will be to exited to care about appearance when the movie comes out!I cant wait!

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I hear you Thomas, and someone on the first page said the same thing as well were not alone.

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I think the current Bella fits the part better, but im glad shes on for HBP!!

Live, Love Harry Potter!!

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I would have prefered “desperate and fearful” for her role in HBP.

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OH! She looks nothing as I pictured Narcissa!!! First of all, shes not BLONDE!!!!!!!!!!!! (lol, im one to talk, i have brown hair but am dieing to try out for this one part, but the character has blonde hair!) lol, but STILL! come on, cant they cast someone who looks the part!

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L/T Shipper, Stella Thomas, and others: The picture at the top is NOT from Harry Potter!!!!! Please look at the links from page one of the comments, in NICO’s comment.

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People, read the freakin’ article, and get your facts straight before you complain- you’ll sound more intelligent. :)

Anyway, I’m eager to see how Helen does with Narcissa, she is a very talented actress and I hope she has good chemistry with HBC. :D

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I’m sure that she’ll be great. I don’t think that she is supposed to look like a Barbie, and it’s her acting that matters more to me. I think that she is a wonderful choice, she just doesn’t look like I imagined Narcissa.

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i thought naomi watts was playing narcissa???

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wicked and witchy??

LOL. i Love itt(:

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i kinda liked her. i saw on a website what she is looking like as cissy. she has blond hair for one and two she looks younger. no wrinllesand cissy is one of my fav charecters so i would ber mad if they mest it up. -cissy

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Has anyone heard of hair dye? I hear it changes the color of someone’s hair….... I guess it must be new…...

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Or wigs. They’re quite handy as well, if an actor doesn’t have the exact color of hair as described in the book.

But oh no, Helen McCrory has brown hair, and nothing will ever help it, and the world is coming to an end because of it.

Sorry, I’m feeling impatient with all of this whining tonight. Guess I should take my grumpy self off to bed.

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strange, it looks like a lot of comments were erased from here.

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Saria: “Or wigs. They’re quite handy as well, if an actor doesn’t have the exact color of hair as described in the book.”

Yes!

Newsflash: Jason Isaacs does not have long, platinum-blond hair. Natalia Tena’s hair isn’t purple. Alan Rickman, unlike Snape, has sandy-blond hair—and hazel eyes!

They’ve got WIGS, kittens. For real. And colored contacts. And makeup.

Helen McCrory’s more than up to the task of playing Narcissa. And the hair, makeup, and wardrobe folks are up to the task of making her look the part, too.

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@djm19

It’s because a lot of those comments had links to, or were discussing, images from the film that we’re not supposed to know about yet.

I wasn’t so much in the loop for any of the other movies, but were there this many unauthorized images and set reports getting out for those films as well? Or have there been an unusually high number of leaks for the HBP film?

Not that I expect to get an answer. My comment, along with djm19’s, will probably be deleted quickly. Sigh.

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Helena is perfect as Bellatrix, she’s absolutely Bella to the core! Helen, like most people here, I had imagined Narcissa as a bit different, but let’s just see how the make-up people do their job. I’m reserving my judgement till the movie comes out!

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So looking forward to Helen as Cissy! I love unorthadox casting!

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...And I also have faith in those fabled wigs.

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I’m still sad that she was unable to play Bellatrix… she really was my exact image of the character. When they first announced her casting as Bellatrix (before she knew she was pregnant) I was so excited because I thought they couldn’t have found anyone more perfect for the role.

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Why are people taking what Helen has said (wicked and witchy) so literally? I took it to mean just a jokey remark about playing a witch, not about Narcissa’s character in the film itself. I’m sure that Narcissa will be as upset and determined to save her son in the film as she was in the book.

As to those that are saying they don’t think that Helen can play the part, I doubt many of you have even seen her preformances in other productions, she is a very good actress, and I’m sure that the production team will make her look the part. I can’t wait for Helen to play off Alan Rickman and Helena Bonham Carter in the Unbreakable Vow scene!

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I think people should just stop complaining, I think she’l be great. She’s not exactly what I pictured eirther but then neither are any of the others really and I think they all do a great job. It makes me laugh how some people take it SO seriously, that little comment about being ‘wicked and witchy’ she was joking! Some people will always find fault with whoever they cast, I guess.

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I’ll wait for any promo pics or trailers, or at least when HBP to come out, to judge if she is a good Narcissa. She could easily wear a wig, I mean Jason Issacs does, and he look’s great with it.

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I was wrong about HBC—I’d always seen her playing “softer” parts, but she is hell on wheels as our Bella. I will give this actress my utmost attention, knowing what she does for Harry in the forest in DH. It will be good to see her “wicked” at first, then realize what it all means in the end. I cannot wait for HBP to be ready.

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Things certainly have gotten more positve about her and that is great. I like whoever pointed out on the second page that Jason has dark brown hair and Alan has blondish hair. Yes she will do great and she certainly can pull of being a snob and a concerned mother.

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i think helen will do better playing the part of narcissa than her sister bellatrix becouse of her loyalty to her son which better than loyalty to he who must not be named as draco had that nasty job for the death of dumbledor so it goes with out saying helen is the perfect actress for narcissa who is no fan of he who must not be named, well done helen see soon in hbp

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helen is very very nice to look at and when helen plays the part of narcissa she will knock me out cold well done helen

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Hey, my comment was erased. Sorry if I was too rude leaky, I just had to speak my mind. (is it just me, or did leaky get more strict? I didn’t curse or anything)

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@Redbeard Your comment was probably deleted if you talked at all about certain images.

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I’ve bee out of touch for a while. Have we seen any photos of this actress in her Narcissa costume? Do we know that they are not giving her blonde hair?

Also, I think they cast many of the adult characters too young. Narcissa is old enough to have a 16 year old son in HBP, but this actress just had a baby a couple of years ago.

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i though she was suppose to be blond? oooooookkkkkkkk. well the who was the lady on….... never mind. oooo i know who she is ! shes anakin skywalkers mom on STAR WARS.

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no she’s not

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Guys she will have blonde hair we cant talk about certain images but go to the main page of HPANA, and find out for yourself. And no she is not the lady who played Anakins mom in Star Wars- I have no idea where you got that. I cant wait for her to strut her stuff as an aristocratic witch, who is married to the wealthiest wizard. I hope she says ” dont you dare talk about my husband like that”

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Guys: Robbie Coltrane isn’t really ten feet tall.

I’m sorry you had to find out this way.

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I hate that people have to be conceited about there thoughts. Everything is I or me. HOW in heavens name are the casting people going to get someone that is like everyones Imagination picture. You people who are complaining and really it isnt much on here more on the hpana forum, but they still after all this time are like – she isnt “my Narcissa” so she wont work. I really dont think they have any idea how conceited that sounds. YOU just want to say get over yourselves and accept it. Nobody in the movie is going to cast the way you want to 100% of the time and really no one matches the description right on so I am glad Helen is going to be in this one and the last two just to show them they cant always get things handed to them the way they want.

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What so many people dont get is that – the picture that leaky is using of her is actually a picture from one of her performances…so she is not her usual self she is in charcater. Just remember that people have been predicting dame hood for her since her late 20’s/early 30’s. If you want to see some better photos of her go here…these are current from the Flashbacks of A Fool Premier last sunday.

http://www.gettyimages.com/Search/Search.aspx?contractUrl=1&language=en- US&family=editorial&p=helen%20mccrory&src=quick Oh and if the early pictures of Narcissa are real…which I think they are fear not she is blonde.

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I’ve to say it again: she does not looks like Narcissa at all..probably she’ll do a good job playing the character but..she just can’t be her in my mind :(

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@ Roby then sadly you dont have an imagination, and you are a prime example of what I was talking about. She doesnt look like YOU want her to she she isnt her. Yep that sounds real mature. I am especially surprised at how closed minded some of you HP fans are, you would think that after reading the story you would be more open- minded. Its just really Sad. BY the way I dont know what your going to do because she IS Narcissa and will be in the last 3 films.

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I don’t know what’s wrong with you people, I just presume you haven’t seen her in much but I honestly cannot wait to see McCrory as Narcissa, mark my words she’ll do an amazing job. (and gimmie a break with the “she’s not naturally blonde” argument, big deal neither is Jason Isaacs)

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By the way amazing comment Jupe!!

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Idk, I thought Narcissa would look diffrent but maybe with blonde hair…..

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Well said Kiwi Mc I, I agree with you 100%.

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Well said Kiwi Mc I , I agree with you 100%

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Opps!

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Hi, hello yes its me again I promise I will shut up this time but I wanted to correct my spelling errror I meant oops! not opps. And yes I do realize I probably have the most comments on this thread. Im honored. Ta ta

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I’m very glad Helena got Bellatrix, She was perfect ! But the Helen, I’ve seen pictures and well, She isn’t at all like I picture Narcissa, Hopefully she will is good. And I believe Narcissa is abit to nice to be either a Black or Malfoy. She is sort of like Sirius, Narcissa seems like she was placed in a bad place and is abit scared, but like most people, they just cover it all up and pretend. I don’t know, It’s just how I look at her.

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