Geraldine Somerville Confirms Return as Lily Potter for “Deathly Hallows”

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Aug 13, 2008

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Actress Geraldine Somerville has confirmed her intent to return as Lily Potter for the final “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” film, as well as the upcoming “Half-Blood Prince.” In an interview with the Manchester Evening News, Ms. Somerville, who appearances in the films have been brief, says “I’ll just come in and do my little, ˜I am Lily Potter,’ and go quietly.” The actress, who is a mother of three children, notes they have not seen the Potter films as of yet given their young age, and says she does get recognized by Potter fans while out and out, saying she does get noticed “Occasionally a bit, I suppose. I’m not surprised when it happens ’ I am in it!”





68 Responses to Geraldine Somerville Confirms Return as Lily Potter for “Deathly Hallows”

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YAYY. :]

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Im probably going to get shouted at, but I’ve never cared for her as Lily Potter. Im not sure why. My sons are 3, 5, and 7 and they each love Potter movies. Their favorite is PoA.

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Very interestingly, the actress who plays Lily Potter also stars next to the actor who plays Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane) in an excellent British series called Cracker, in which he plays a brilliant (but alcoholicgambler) police psychologist, and she a smart police detective. At one stage in the series, they develop a romantic relationship. Hagrid and LIly – Aack!

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The only think that bugged me about Somerville is that she looks way too old, relatively speaking, for Lily Potter. Lily died when she was 21, IIRC. Ms. Somerville was 34 when SS came out, and is 41 now.

It doesn’t really matter, I guess. Nothing in the film world continuity is violated by a thirty-ish Lily Potter.

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Reply potter shrink – Oh Wow Yes!! I remember that – didn’t realise it was her! She was really good. Do we know who will be playing a younger Lily? We need her for Snape’s memory… or do you think they have already filmed some bits? Pottercast got me thinking there are scenes that have already been filmed? Or they would have to recast young snape too.

Ponder, ponder, ponder…

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I think she does a good job as Lily, my gripe is that Lily and James were in their early 20’s when Harry died, so having flashbacks the people should be young barely out of their teens, and not parents that you would expect a 11-17 yr old to have, which is what they cast. So in Deathly Hallows you should see a Lily that is only a few years older than Harry. Again nothing agianst the actress.

Pottersrink- “Gosford Park” has her playing Michael Gambon’s sister-in-law with benefits so that is a Lily & Dumbledore combo there. Which is why you have to sepreate actors from the characters, so when you go to watch another movie you aren’t grossed out.

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I wonder if she just filmed some stuff for photographs for HBP?

Also, I wonder if she knows that her role in DH will be more than just “Hi, I am Lily Potter”? It will be a heartbreaking scene if they do it right.

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Aw that’s pretty cool actually. Before you know the shippers on youtube will have cracked a Lily/Hagrid Lily/Dumbledore video

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Very glad to hear this! Yes, perhaps she looks just a BIT old for the part, but it’s fine. We’ve gotten so used to her by now, and she’s a young 41. And I guess she better get ready for four very different words to say, such as, “You’ve been so brave.” Can’t wait! That scene just might rival the Grey Havens in Lord of the Rings for me!

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im glad shes coming back

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I MISS POTTERCAST!

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Wasn’t Jo asked to play Lily back in SS?? She would have been excelent! Afeter all… she really is the mother to the series. Anyways… i’m glad that they’re keeping Ms. Somerville, as opposed to finding a new actess.

Also, is Lily really supposed to look as though she just died, and at that age?? Or has she grown throughout time before actually coming “back”... in which 41 would not be unreasonable by any means…. (not that there really is a true answer to this) I’m really looking forward to the forest scene in which she returns! It is very emotional, and one of my favorites!!!

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I can’t wait! I believe it will be the saddest scene ever!

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I think the original James / Lily casting was that they’d look age appropriate as parents of an 11 year old boy, not an infant. Wouldn’t people be a bit weirded out by an 11 year old boy having parents that looked barely out of high school?

The casting doesn’t take into account the age / life cycle of Wizards either, or they would have cast a 110 year old to play Dumbledore :-)

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I’ve always wanted to read an interview with the Lily and James actors; considering how important the characters are to the story, I was surprised to find so little information about them online. I think they do look a little older than they would be, given how old they were when they died, but it doesn’t bother me that much.

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I’m really glad they keep her, I was sure they were gonna change Lily, like they changed Fudge, for example. so great news !

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T-Vey,

Well, I suppose that it might make sense that the Lily in the Mirror of Erised would look like she’s around 34, if that’s how Harry is picturing her – i.e., he wanted to see her as if she never died and had been raising Harry for the past 11 years.

The Lily that came out of Voldemort’s want through priori incantatem, being a “snapshot” of the victim when they died, would look 21, I’m guessing.

The Lily in the Forbidden Forest at the end of DH? Well, IIRC, both Sirius and Remus came back looking younger and healthier than Harry had ever seen them. So it would seem that folks called back by the Resurrection Stone don’t have to look as they did when they died.

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I think it’s right that Harry’s parents look this age to Harry, as though they would if they were still alive. Hopefully though we’ll get to see the actors who played the young James and Lily (unseen!) in Ootp back for DH in the Snape flashbacks.

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“I’ll just come in and do my little, ‘I am Lily Potter,’ and go quietly.”

Was anyone else hoping for “I’ll just come in and do my little, ‘I am Lily Potter… you thought i was dead. YOU WERE WRONG.”?

:D

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Ugh. Well, she won’t be in too many of the Lily scenes so it’s okay. I mean, she’s very beautiful but too old for the part.

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I think the actress is fine with how she plays Lily. The movies give no timeframe of how old the Potters were. Throughout the films they’ve always used the same parents, so I think we are to accept that . Plus, time has shown us that the movies don’t recognize 1981 as the death of the Potters, and I don’t think DH will even have a scene pointing to that year. Anyways, if we can have an old Snape, and old Sirius, an old Wormtail, and an old Lupin, then we can definately welcome an “old” Lily and James Potter to the movies.

Plus, the relationship between Harry and his parents, in the books, was more than what age they were, but merely about the lost bond that was severed too soon.

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Mursu – wait – what, they changed Fudge . . . ???

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Um, just want to say one thing…I hope she realizes that her part in the movie will be very important and should now be taken lightly…ok, just hoping that happens…I love Lily in the books and she’ll always look just as I’ve imagined her in my head. :)

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i don’t know why you guys are complaining that the actress who plays lily is too old to play 21. whoopty doo, the actress who plays moaning myrtle was nearly 40 when CoS came out, and she was supposed to be playing a teenager. ewpsie!

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sorry i mean to say not..not now. :) oopsey..i need spelling lessons i guess. :)

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I didn’t know they changed Fudge either :S

I think it’s good that Somerville is coming back because IMO it’s always good to keep the same actors/actresses – when possible.

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i’ve never really was okay w/ the person playing Lily.. She “died” when she was 21 and this actress looks to old for that.. I’m sorry but when you die aren’t you suppose to stay looking the age you died?? the same goes w/ james.. because didn’t sirius and remus look younger when Harry saw them again in the forest.. UGH!! Ok, i’m done ranting…

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@cicatrixtwigs- that’s exactly what I was thinking! rofl

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@cicatrixtwigs- Me too! You beat me to it. :-)

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YESSS! :D

Oh, and where’s Pottercast? pines

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Well said squirk. As I see it, in the Mirror of Erised, Harry saw exactly what he most desired – himself and his family, together and whole. In that reflection, he was not a baby and James and Lily were not 21 year olds: they had all grown together and were meant to look real together, so I can’t really see how his mother’s part was cast “too old”. I think she’s perfect – they look to me like a real family. In GoF, her appearance is again brief and would theoretically have been that of a 21 year old, or at least that’s how I would read it; but I think the film makers were right to cast the same actress – partly because the weird light made everyone look younger but primarily because it saves confusion and the potential need for explanation. And again, I can’t really see much of a problem in DH. Yes, pureblood-slytherin, Sirius and Remus may have looked younger, but as squirk already pointed out, that only shows that people don’t have to look like they did when they died when the Resurrection Stone ‘returns’ them, and it would look weird if they looked basically the same age as Harry. My own opinion is that it’s more important, where movies are concerned, to have the recognition and continuity and I’d much rather the film makers worried about getting more important things “right”. She needs to be a recognisable and strength-giving figure for Harry and a proper “mother-figure” is probably better for that than someone barely out of their teens. Anyway, I’m really glad she’s coming back for this one, I think the continuity will make it much easier for viewers to stay in the moment, which is, after all, an important and extremely emotional one! I can’t wait!

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I know it’s been said, but I still cannot understand why they chose an actress that is almost two decades older than the character she is playing. Would it have been so difficult to find a twenty something actress from the beginning to play Lily? Hmm. Oh well. At least she doesn’t have a large acting/speaking role in the movies (or books for that matter).

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Wait, in HBP what memory is Lily in? I know she’ll obviously be in a relatively large amount of DH, but what will she do in HBP?

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YAY! Deathly Hallows news, my favorite kind! I always liked the actress that played Lily, although it’s silly to judge her ten seconds of smiling screentime. I hope they get all the memories in. If they leave out little Lily, I will be M-A-D, as she is one of my favorite characters.

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I think you will find that the reason why they cast Lily and James so “old” was that once they decided to go with Alan Rickman as Snape, who in relation to the book was too old for the part, they had to age up all the other roles as well, which is why you get actors for Lupin and Sirius who are also older, although Rickman is significantly older than Thewlis and Oldman.

I don’t think Columbus was thinking too much about the fact that Lily and James were so young when they died when he cast Snape, Lily and James in the first film. At six films in, I don’t think there is too much point at complaining about it now, it is what it is.

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ogdensnut:

You’re obviously brilliant, seeing as how you agreed with everything I’ve said. ;)

But I agree with you 100% that a.) the films’ continuity would suffer if Ms. Somerville didn’t reprise her role; and b.) she does, by virtue of her age, lend a more maternal air to Lily Potter. It would indeed be odd to see a 17-year old Harry taking comfort from his 21-year old mom in DH.

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I like the continuity of having the same actress. Why does no one complain about a 62 year old Alan Rickman playing a thirty-something Snape? Oh yeah, that’s different! ;p LOL Don’t flame me, I love Alan in the part. Great casting!

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cicatrixtwigs…you just made me snort my drink up my nose!!

I love Geraldine Somerville playing Lily so i’m glad she’ll be back.

I’m holding out for the return of Dobby in the Deathly Hallows.

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Some people in the first few comments were talking about connections the actors in HP have with each other. I always find myself making connections like that! It’s fun. :D

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I’m with you Lindsay. Does anyone know when the next Pottercast is coming out?

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Wow some people are not being very sensitive to the age thing-it’s called makeup, people! I think it’s great that the casting directors are striving to keep things as realistic as possible (i.e. keeping the trio throughout all 8 movies-yayy!) and if the actress had changed, people would find a way to complain about that anyway. So what I’m saying is, yayy for the same Lily! Oh and speaking of recognizing, I’ll bet more ppl do recognize her than she thinks, but they’re afraid they might be wrong or are too shy to approach her. I recently saw someone working at the movie theater who looked (no joke) EXACTLY like Oliver/George Phelps. I got all flustered and dropped some money when he looked at me, and seeing as how I met the twins a few years ago in the chicagoland area, I thought for a second that it really was one of them! But then he spoke and I knew he was american, lol. But the point is, even if it was one of them, I wasn’t able to say anything, haha!

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Remember…that when SS came out…we did not yet know how old Lily and James were when they died. So casting her wasn’t such a stretch at the time.

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Guys, whoever said Fudge was recast was dead WRONG. Robert Hardy has played the character in COSOOTP. Why are people doubting that?

On the other hand, I’m pleased to see Geraldine come back to reprise her role in the final three movies. Judging by the flashback scenes, I think she has a slightly bigger role than any of the other HP flicks.

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It’s likely that Jo approved how old Lily and James should look for the PS/SS movie. I agree with whoever said it would have looked wrong if his parents in the mirror were 21-year-olds, Harry would have thought they looked more like his older brother and sister! It’s easy to accept how they’ve done things in the movies so far. The Marauder actors and Snape are all wildly different ages and yet the characters are the same age, but in the movie universe it hardly matters.

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I always liked Ms. Somerville as Lily. I’ll admit that I’m somewhat at a disadvantage: I saw the movies before I read the books, so I never had any other Lily in my mind’s eye. I think she has a wonderful face that would bring comfort to Harry at any age, be it 11 or 17. Perhaps, as mentioned before, the image of his mother in the Mirror was that of what she would have looked like…and perhaps that is how he would see her in the Forest, too. I think he saw Sirius and Remus as younger and more healthy because he was always able to see past their physical attributes and see the men inside: younger versions of the two men, full and whole.

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oh nooooooooononoonooooooooooooooo cries and weeps and sobs and can’t stop WHY oh WHY is a 40 year old woman playing the part of a fudging TWENTY (one) year old? WHY? why must they do that? river being formed at my feet as tears continue oozing out of my eyes Lily died having barely just come out of her teenage years- they’re minimizing this fact by getting a soon-to-be half a century year old woman playing her part, don’t they get that? how hard is that to understand?!

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and how exactly is harry supposed to imagine his mum as how old she would be had she still been alive if he can’t even remember what she looked like as a twenty year old? and on top of that – WHY would he imagine her as a 40 year old if he’s seen pictures of her as a 20 year old? huh? since when do people imagine their beloved lost ones as older than how they knew them?

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muggle,

As has been stated before, it’s perfectly possible that Harry’s deepest desire was to see his parents as if they had survived and raised him in one big happy family. And if that’s what he wanted to see, that’s what the MIrror showed him.

As a side note – Harry didn’t know what the Sorcerer’s Stone looked like, but the Mirror showed him that as well. So it’s not simply your imagination on display.

Finally, I don’t know if you’ve ever lost a loved one, but I can tell you first-hand (and I imagine others can back me up here) that you often find yourself picturing them as might have looked in the past or would have looked in the future.

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Well, I never really liked how Harry’s parents were only 20 when he was born, meaning…ya, you know what I mean. I think it’s actually better that way.

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I think she’s a good actress and i think she is better then the young Lily in the OoTP

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Kelsey Alicia…. which young Lily in OoTP? Oo

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Lily Σvans is playεd by Susiε Shinεr and has alrεady bεεn castεd, thought shε has not appεarεd in any films yεt. Though Yatεs did say somεthing about thεm wanting hεr to comε back in HBP. ::crossεs fingεrs for morε Susiε and Robbiε footagε::

♥

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Yeah… I know there is a young Lily. But as we never saw her act I found a little weird to judge her from the OoTP movie… that’s all.

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I am glad to know she is coming back. She is nice actress and perfect for her roll

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I think it breaks up that at the time HP and the Philosopher’s Stone was made the age of Lily and James was not confirmed or else they would have gone for actors a few years younger. Geraldine Somerville may be 41 by now, Adran Rawlin ( James Potter in the Mirror of Erised )is 50 already…. and worse he looks his age. and so completely not as the spitting image of Harry, that it hurts.

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Oh, heaven forbid a nearly half a century old woman dare show her face on celluloid … it’s not about their ages – really. It is MORE tragic for Lily to have been cut down at a 21 yo than a 41 yo? Harry’s not stupid – when he was 11 his Aunt was the “right age” he knows what his mum should look like he’d see her as old as Petunia in all likelihood. Visually speaking an older couple come off better. The tragedy is Harry’s – that Harry lost her not that she died young (although that is also tragic) but from Harry’s POV the tragedy is that he lost her and really her age is immaterial to the plot it really is. the movie isn’t even filming yet and already you are finding something to complain about. I think some people are determined not to enjoy the movies and to shred them at every turn.

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Isn’t it funny how Ginny Weasley and Lilly Potter are so alike? Long red hair, slim build, wizard skills… Something very freudian about that.

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i think if they had a younger actress playing lily it would be ridiculous. considering the dude playing harry is quite nearly at the age that harry’s parents died, it just wouldn’t look right. and jkr’s characters have kids way too early anyway. i’m 28. i can’t imagine having kids, let alone having had children for 7 years.

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muggle. shut up.

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She is MY Lily Potter , definately – she looks just as kind and compassionate as I imagined her to look. I’m glad she is going to be in both films. I understand her reluctance to let a child as young as 6 watch the films – they do contain a lot of violence, be it fantasy or not.

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I agree that a 21-year-old Lily would be downright bizarre standing next to a 17-year-old Harry. I like how she and James have apparently aged along with Harry. If they look like they’re in their early 40’s for DH, it will seem much more parent-ish and would add to the scene’s emotional charge.

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i think Rickman can getaway with it because Snape wouldn’t look his age. He has lead a sad life, abused as a child, unrequited love, bullys his whole life, so i imagin he would look older then he is.

i don’t mind about the others though….just wanted to point that out.

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Someone may have already posted this, but, does anyone know if there is a direct relationship to Lily and Ginny in the movies and books? Both have red hair. Did Harry fall for Ginny because she reminded him of his mother? Will Geraldine play Ginny as Harry’s wife in DH? Just a few questions. HBP and DH 1&2. Can’t wait

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Ron Boyd… I don’t think Harry fell for Ginny because she resembled his mother… although there is a whole freudian discussion there.

But what I think is that J.K. Rowling wrote her story with several “circles”... My english is failing me here, but I’ll try to explain with the example of Harry; with his parents murdered at the beggining of the series. The series ended with Tonks and Lupin murdered too, leaving their son alone… not quite as alone, since he still had his Grandma, Grandpa and Harry. But that shows a circle, as the story both begun and ended with orfans. I guess it is the same with Lily and Ginny… it’s a way of making history repeat itself.

Besides… Ginny is cute and awesome, and that surely helps!!

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Nothing against the actress at all, but..

I’m 21 years old. She’s 41 years old, and looks older than my Mum. Lily never looks older than 21(‘maybe’ aside the Mirror scene in PS) because she is DEAD. Even in DH she appears in the clothes she died in.

Face it – conservatives just don’t like the fact that Lily and James were 19 when Harry was conceived – and are seriously overreacting as to how younger fans will be influenced.

And don’t get me started on the guy who plays ‘old fart’ James cries

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Ron Boyd – According to canon, from my understanding Lily and Ginny are not very much alike in the looks department. Whilst Lily has shoulder length, thick, dark red hair, Ginny has long, fiery red hair. Obviously their eyes differ, and Ginny is the only one described with lots of freckles. As for personality, whilst Lily was Head Girl, Ginny missed out on being Prefect and idolises Fred and George.

And it may be a little freaky is the same actress portrayed both Lily and older Ginny. I’m sure by then the makeup team can age the cast considerably.

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Too old? I don’t think so. Remember what was being said as Daniel, Rupert, and Emma were growing up – that they’d be too old to continue as the characters? I think continuity is more important at this stage.

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For Merlin’s sake,stop whining about her age! The films and books are too entirely different things. The films say nothing about how old Harry’s parents were when they died. I think Geraldine is perfect,and most of you really need to move on!

Bloody hell..

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