Rita Returns? Rumor Alert on Miranda Richardson Back for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows


May 07, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Rumor Alert: Credible word has reached TLC that actress Miranda Richardson is in negotiations to reprise her role as scandal monger and Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore author Rita Skeeter in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. TLC spoke directly to reps for Ms. Richardson today, and when asked if they could deny or confirm the report, was told several times “no comment.”

Readers will recall recently producer David Heyman told Empire magazine they are indeed still casting for the final films in the Harry Potter movies. As such, we must keep this new report about Ms. Richardson, who gave such a delightful performance as the nasty Rita in Goblet of Fire, firmly in the rumor category for now, until Warner Bros makes a formal announcement regarding the cast of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

137 Responses to Rita Returns? Rumor Alert on Miranda Richardson Back for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Avatar ImageMatea says: thats so cool! I really liked her in GOF!Avatar Imageplacebowiz says: I hate rita skeeter but It would be nice to see her backAvatar Imageloony_slytherin says: I hope she does, just for a little bit!Avatar ImageWendelin the Weird says: I hope this is true! She was great in GOF! Avatar ImageDrome says: That would be great! :DAvatar Imagehpluver88 says: I really hope this turns out to be true! The final HP film needs to be like one big reunion! Can we get Sean Biggerstaff to make a cameo during the Battle at Hogwarts?Avatar ImageeiVega says: Very cool. This means they might be fleshing out the whole subplot of the Life & Lies of Albus Dumbledore. Interesting...Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Great! great! great! I wish all the important characters in HP were included in the last HP movie, And don't forget Miriam Margolyes as Prof. Sprout...Avatar Imagemaera-kyrie says: OOH! Exciting and insightful news! :DAvatar ImageIt must be bunnies says: I soooo hope this is true!Avatar Imageizziewitch says: Rita doesn't really appear in DH, only in an interview, but it would be a good way of getting in some of the bits about Dumbledore's life if they dramatize it instead of having Harry (and Hermione) read it. Then again, if they add in one place, they'll take away from another, won't they (as usual).Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: About Miranda: Her last movie i saw is "Southland Tales". Her performance there is really awesome.Avatar ImageDragongamer187 says: YES it would be soo awesome to have Rita backAvatar Imageshellybasson says: That would be AWESOME! I hope the rumor is true!Avatar Imagex_Potter_Lover_Forever_x says: BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! HISSSSSSSSSS!!!! :D Love to hate Rita Skeeter!! :) :) :) :) Avatar Imagekbicprez says: YES!!!!! I didn't like GOF, but Miranda was one of the good things about it. I love Rita Skeeter. Very devious, very trashy, but kinda fun.Avatar Imagesunshine123 says: ooo exciting. yayaya more casting rumours for dh. it would be nice to see some of these rumpurs confirmed by WB thoughAvatar ImageLilleby says: Hope it's true. And then please bring back Sean Biggerstaff, John Cleese, Verne Troyer, Zoë Wanamaker, Ray Fearon, Edward Tudor-Pole, Hugh Mitchell, Gemma Jones, Shirley Henderson, Emma Thompson, Lee Ingleby, Jim Tavaré, Dawn French and Julie Christie :D Hmm... maybe I'm a little too optimistic...Avatar Imagevicky granger says: I hope it's true, because that would mean they haven't deleted the whole Life & Lies of Albus Dumbledore subplot =)Avatar Imageccking says: I totally NEVER knew that Miranda Richardson played Rita Skeeter !! aah I hope she's coming back, it means they will indeed be staying tight knit to the book :D Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: I Hate her too but it would be interesting to see her back Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: I was totally agree at Lilleby. But John Cleese must be at the HP5 because his important role is there, when he explained to Harry why not all wizards can comeback as a Ghost. Avatar ImageLilleby says: EnricoDc: Yeah, but now that he wasn't he should be in Deathly Hallows(:Avatar ImagePewterWolf says: Oh, please let this rumour be true! PLEASE!!! She did Rita perfectly!!! Avatar Imagefelixismycat says: "No comment" is hardly much evidence for her return... but I so hope it's true! I don't want to get my hopes up too heigh but she was soooo good as Rita. I love Miranda Richardson is a great actress.Avatar Imagelizziebennett says: Her voice would be useful maybe, but she isn't actually there in the book. I think its great for her, and she makes a good Rita, but I suppose I don't know why they'd bring her back for the 7th book, when she was ACTUALLY figured in the 5th book pretty prominently (which WB didnt even mention). Curious.Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: For people who doesn't know: (Warning; Contains Spoiler!) Sean Biggerstaff = Oliver Wood (Participated in Battle of Hogwarts) John Cleese = Nearly Headless Nick (Sir Nicholas) Verne Troyer = The Goblin Griphook. (He will assist the trio to break-in at Gringotts to obtain Helga Hufflepuff's cup in HP7) Zoë Wanamaker = Madam Hooch (Quidditch Trainer at HP1, participated in Battle of Hogwarts in HP7) Ray Fearon = The Centaur, Firenze (Why he absent in Divination class in HP5) ? Edward Tudor-Pole = Mr. Borgin (HP6) Will he be there at the shop? Hugh Mitchell = Colin Creevey (where is he now?) Gemma Jones = Madam Pomfrey (HP6) I saw her raising her wand with the students in the last HP6 trailer. Shirley Henderson = Moaning Myrtle (Where is she when Draco, mourning in the bathroom in HP6?) Emma Thompson = Prof. Trelawney (She wish not to return because of Nanny McPhee) Why? Lee Ingleby (Stanley Shunpike - conductor of the Knight Bus in HP3) Will he appear in HP6? Jim Tavaré (Tom of The Leaky Cauldron, i mean The Leaky Cauldron!) Dawn French (The Fat Lady) Julie Christie (Madam Rosmerta) Is she included in HP6?Avatar ImageWinter_Sonata says: Wow, I hope this is true! I loved her portrayal of Rita Skeeter!!Avatar ImageMeri says: She was really good as Rita, I hope this is true and we'll see her again!Avatar ImageLilleby says: EnricoDc: I want all my listed actors to be in Deathly Hallows(: Except for Edward Tudor-Pole, he is not in the 7th book, right?(x Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: I absolutely adore Miranda Richardson and she made the most delicious Rita. You can't even hate her, that's how fantastic she is. However, every time they cast someone who isn't in the book (*cough*Mom Granger*cough*) I worry about what important bit they will be taking out in order to fit in that bit of unnecessary non-canon. This is Steve Kloves, after all.Avatar ImageHagrid 713 says: She's so good in that part you actually dislike her!Avatar ImageEnricoDc says: Yeah, you're right Lilleby. I wish Rufus Scrimgeour will be play by Bill Nighy like David Yates wants to be... Christopher Lee as Pius Thicknesse would be great too...Avatar Imageimaxchen says: Yay! I was really bummed when they cut her out of Order of the Phoenix, so this is great news. So, what do you think how they'll tweak the story to make her appear? I don't think it's going to be just a picture in the Daily Prophet...Avatar Imagestarkitty313 says: That would be cool if Rita comes back for Deathly Hallows!Avatar ImageAdil says: I hate the character of Rita but the actor that plays her character plays it very well.Avatar Imagesimplycyn says: how exciting, she's great as Rita!Avatar ImageAriel says: That would be wonderful.I hope is true!Avatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: I hope she's back! She was a great Rita!Avatar ImageStarlysh says: I hope she returns! She was fabulous. :]Avatar Imagesessionka says: That would be great. I loved her as Rita Skeeter. One of the funniest scenes in GOF is the first task with the dragon. It takes off after Harry, and rips thru the covering that Rita is under knocking her glasses askew. Her expression always makes me roar with laughter.Avatar Imagelurking_llama says: Ooh, interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing how they incorporate her.Avatar ImageThe Niffler says: Cool! I'm so glad all these people are coming back for DH. Like Melissa said on a recent Pottercast, it would be so great if everyone came back for the final film, even if they don't have to have any specific reason to be there.Avatar Imagemhaeyemhaeye says: Hope it's not a rumour! :)Avatar Imagehopkinsdancr22 says: yess! this. must. happen.Avatar Imagekatem4 says: I hope this is true! She was amazing. I haven't watched GoF in a while, but I seem to remember that the music was just perfect whenever she appeared. She's just so creepy and cruel, yet hilarious and perfect at the same time.Avatar Imageweasleyalltheway says: YAY! she's EXCELLENT! i really want her to come back!Avatar ImageNeil in Scotland says: Great news!! She was fantastic as Rita and I really hope it's true!!Avatar Imagetubaturtle says: I really, really, really, REALLY hope that Miranda comes back!! She was PERFECT as Rita in GOF!! I really want DH to be a big reunion, too, and I hope they bring back most, if not all, former cast members for this final movie. That would be AWESOME!Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: Oh good! I hope this is true =]Avatar ImageAttolia says: That would be *fantastic*! She was great!Avatar Imageannheim says: Exciting. She did a great job the 1st time Avatar Imagefelixfelicis11 says: Yesss. I love to hate that character :) I hope this is true!Avatar ImageThe Giant Toadstool says: she looks so kinky in the avatarAvatar Imagespicefan1978 says: Why is she coming back and not Fleur? To me, Fleur has a bigger role in the final book than Rita. Avatar Imagelau399 says: OMG...she is back!!! wow amazing! I love her in GOF, she was great..I'm so exited!Avatar ImageVerity Weasley says: She made a great Rita. It will be good for her to come back.Avatar Imagefloridianhp says: i dont like reeta but its good to see her come.Avatar Imagekbicprez says: @Spicefan78, Fleur's not coming back for DH or is it Clemence Poesy who's not coming back??? I hadn't heard that. It doesn't make sense not to bring Fleur back.Avatar ImageDanielleD says: i would LOVE for her to come back!Avatar ImageLuce_depp says: What would Rita do exactly? Just read stuff? Or would they scrap Aunt Muriel and just have her?Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Cool! That would be good if they include the whole Life and Lies subplot.Avatar ImageBeAchL0veEr05 says: She was a really good Rita. I hope she comes back!Avatar ImageCaracticus says: I can see them doing the bit where she is interviewed about the book in the first person, like watching it on TV... or watching it in the paper in sepia tones (kind of like how they had her voice reading the paper that harry crunched up and threw into the fire in GOF.)Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: I hope this is true...it would be great to bring her back as Rita Skeeter!Avatar ImageLulaL says: She was deliciously awful.Avatar Imagesevenluck says: Oh yay, she did awesome in GOF! Hope she's back for the Life and Lies of Albus Dumbledore! <33Avatar Imagethe_spectacle says: I can't stand Rita but I do hope she'll be back. She was just a lil annoying in the books.Avatar ImageLifeInAPizzaBox says: :O i hope so she makes such a good ritaAvatar Imagehpftw says: Ahh good ol' rita ;) Miranda was absoloutly perfect for rita!Avatar Imagehpftw says: and I love her green quil Avatar Imageboona says: i hope she can make an appearance, Mirand R. was very funnyAvatar ImageMary11_hplvr4l says: but she doesn't come outt in the book :/ I dunno if I'm gonna enjoy cannon last the last moviessAvatar Imageoldenoughtoknowbetter says: It would be cooler if she had had a part in OotP... seems a bit disjointed... but she is an interesting characterAvatar Imagered_7849 says: Great, I really want her back, she was awesome In GoF !!!!!Avatar ImageGraymayne says: I would also love to see characters from the previous films turn up because this would echo what Jo did. WB has made plenty of money from this series so they can hardly plead inability to pay good actors to do walk-on parts. Certainly no actor was harmed by appearing in HP, lol.Avatar Imagegoodenough says: I really hope she comes back, Miranda Richardson is really cool and she did such a good as Rita! Please be true rumors... ;DAvatar ImageBoyWithALightningScar says: So, "no comment" means 'yes'?! I sure would love to see her back, she did a great job with the little that was given to her in GOF.Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: I hate Rita Skeeter in the books and in the movies but she does make a very good job as Rita.Avatar ImageFleur-de- Lily says: that's awesome. Avatar ImageStefanM94 says: by reading all the other comments i think i mite be the only one that believes this but if Rita Skeeter is included in D, won't that just fill more time when more important characters and scenes could be taking place? Although i would like to see a lot of the actors/actressess that have appeared in the previous films return, especially for the Battle of Hogwarts Avatar ImageKatie_ says: Its such a great thing that they are making 2 films out of DH, this way they dont have to cut as much stuff, its so good!Avatar Imagejenge says: It'd be good to see her again in Deathly Hallows. She did a great job in the fourth film. Avatar ImageDanielaNC says: All the sings point to this being true. Usually, "no comments" means "it's true but we can yet tell you". I really hope it's confirmed soon.Avatar ImageHermioneRon4ever says: She was an awesome Rita!!!!! I too think it would be great if everyone from the previous movies came back for this one, like some huge reunion! Even just for the battle, so not huge parts just see them fighting! Awesome!Avatar ImageSnapesSilverDoe says: I couldn't imagine anyone else in the roleAvatar Imagemoglet says: I hope this is so, after all we will definitely get her book in the film, so even if they just want get a bit of film to serve as her author picture on "the life and lies of Albus Dumbledore" at least we will see her again.Avatar Imagemugglemom4 says: I hope it is true!Avatar Imagemaxpower says: I'm starting to think splitting this film into two installments was a good idea! It seems like that are able to include so much more of the plot than they have in movies past. Sweet!Avatar ImageIcklEshAIrAkIns says: she''s really irritating, but hopes she comes back..Avatar Imagelily11 says: I hope she does, it'd be really cool!Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: hope!Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: I finished HalfBlood Prince yesterday and started rereading Deathly Hallows and I am not very far in, Its been last summer since I have read it,( and a while since I have read Goblet of Fire, I got stuck on Order of the Pheonix for months I have found it very tedious to get through the last couple times I have read it) I had forgotten how much I dislike Rita Skeeter. Miranda Richardson does such an awesome job in that role, but she always does a good job in what ever role she has, and an unusually good job at playing a villian. I hope they do bring it back it hads some interest to the traveling "doing nothing" parts of the books ;)Avatar Imagesquibcloakmaker says: wow! Okay let me fix some things....I hope they do bring 'it' back as in I hope they bring her back and keep that subplot, because it "hads" as in adds some interest to the book. I do like this book a lot so please don't take offense to the "doing nothing" part cause I added the wink ;) just meaning that some people feel that the traveling was too long, and I think it just kinda shows that they really didn't know what they were doing their only plan was staying alive while trying to figure out a plan. okay I think I am done now :)Avatar ImageHudMug1712 says: maybe they could have the trio going to the release of the book? i love ritaAvatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Does this mean we will be getting some backstory on DD?Avatar Imagecleber says: delightful, delicious are the proper adjectives for her performance. hope this is true!Avatar Imagecleber says: no matter if she really is or isn't in the book.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: No, StefanM94, I said the same thing a few pages of comments ago. I love Miranda's Rita but it's like with Mom Granger. Steve Kloves loves to add characters, scenes, and stuff that were never in the books and are completely unnecessary and take out stuff that is incredibly important to the plot. If they do too much of that sort of thing, it won't matter how many movies they make out of DH they still won't fit in everything that was actually important. It may sound horrible but I can't tell you how many times over the years I have wished that Kloves would go to Peter Jackson and ask for lessons on adaptation. It would have solved so many problems.Avatar Imagebrentbrehony says: I loved her, she was great in the film!!Avatar ImageRobbie Rowe says: I do not seem to recall Rita Skeeter being in the seventh Harry Potter book called Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, but she did have an article in The Daily Prophet and a book published known as The Life And Lies Of Albus Dumbledore. So perhaps those two things would be enough to merit an appearance from the actress who played Rita Skeeter as she had in Harry Potter and the Goblet Of Fire.Avatar ImageTamyris says: Well, she doesn´t need to come back cos Rita Skeeter does not actually appear in DH, they only mention her so that´s totally unnecessary. The characters they really should put they don´t. Nothing against Miranda, she is awesome,but I don´t want this rumor this to be true. It would be a waste of her time.Avatar Imageavrenim says: since they didn't includeher in ootp, they should have her in dh i guess. but wasn't she not really in dh? wasn't it just her book? well, we'll see how it plays out!Avatar Imagefantasylover12001 says: I hope she does do it, Richardson was a GREAT Rita Skeeter.Avatar Imagetourdefrance says: She wasn't an awful lot like I imagined her in the books, but it was a brilliant performance and I'd love to see her back!Avatar ImageIwishIwas@Hogwarts says: She was so awesome as Rita I hope she comes back. Avatar Image-MischiefManaged- says: @DeliaDee, I totally agree with what you wrote about the HP movie screenwriters going (or more like, being sent) to Peter Jackson for lessons on adaptation. There's a guy who knows how to adapt a legendary piece of literature and turn it into the best movie series, like, ever. I know the LOTR films have their own shortcomings and PJ has certainly received more than his fair share of criticism from Tolkien purists, but all in all, he did an abso-friggin'-lutely amazing job with bringing Middle Earth to life.Avatar ImageMoldywort17 says: YAY!!!!!!!!! She was an awesome Rita! XDAvatar ImageArthur22 says: It would be good to see her, maybe they are making it a point to bring back the chaaractures like in the book.Avatar ImageAugury Feather says: haha! Brilliant! I love Rita as a character, so much fun to read. Ms. Richardson did a great job. Hope it's true!!Avatar Imagehpftw says: huray for Rita!Avatar ImageHalfBloodPrinceFan says: I hope she does come back she was really funny in GOFAvatar ImageSmitch says: Yeah it'll be great to see that horrible Rita back and making everyone's life miserable! Hehe :)Avatar ImageWingardium Leviosa says: This is great, she was an excellent Rita!Avatar ImageAbiDumbledore says: She is so funny to watch! I hope this means they will include the Dumbledore biography!Avatar ImageSlytherin Princess101 says: She is awesome!!!!I really want her to come buck!!!!Avatar ImageFanaticFangirl says: Oh I hope it's true!! Avatar Imagelilhpchick20 says: Oh I really hope this happens.Avatar Imagelifa says: It would be great to have her back in the movies. She is a character that you love to hate. She adds a great dynamic to the books and movies.Avatar ImageDeliaDee says: Absolutely true, MischiefManaged, but even most of the Tolkein purists respected the films. The more critical ones were in the minority and they would never have been pleased. Adaptation is a sticky process. Books are very different from movies so they must be altered to make the story watchable. Jackson's genius (along with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens) is that he kept true to the story even when he had to change things around. Keeping the scouring of the shire never would have worked in the movie and, while, he left out Tom Bombadil, he gave a bunch of Tom's lines to Treebeard. That's what it's all about. Serving the story. Kloves serves his own wishes. Look at PoA. Look at GoF. And someone tell me why we haven't seen a denouement since SS. This is why I don't want Rita and Mrs. Granger in DH. I'm afraid. I'm very afraid.Avatar ImageGarden State Geek says: She is awesome. Avatar ImageGF_of_Seamus says: yyeah I ma not sure we will actually see her but we will hear her in a voice over of some sort. though I think we may see her in a flashback, either way I will be happy.Avatar ImageDanielleD says: really hope this is true!!Avatar ImageJersey says: I hope she comes backAvatar ImageTiannangel says: Oh, I can't wait!! Miranda Richardson is a brilliant actress, and she definitely pulls of Rita like a Charm.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: coooool!!!! rita skeeter is like the best love-to-hate character ever!! hehe!!Avatar ImageDolphingirl500 says: I really liked her portrayal of Rita Skeeter. You could almost see the devil horns popping out of her head.Avatar Imagerebel says: i hope that she comes back! she was awesome!Avatar Imagesaffran says: She acted brilliantly so more of her yes please!Avatar ImageVideoKID says: she is such a good actress.Avatar Imagecghambright says: Gosh! I hope this is true! She doesnt physically appear in the book, but it would be Awesome to see her in the movie!Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: Doesn't she have to come back anyways for some book...oh...that was the fifth book wasn't it? I shouln't post this but I will anyway...Avatar Imagefriendofblob says: Doesn't she have to come back anyways for some book...oh...that was the fifth book wasn't it? I shouldn't post this but I will anyway...Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I hope that the information received by Leaky is true, as nothing would bring me more joy than to see her step back into that nasty role and carry her Quick Quotes Quill! She was fantastic as Rita.Avatar ImageKC Nox says: I would love to see her back as rita! She played the roll wonderfully! Avatar ImagegaylebathanHP says: Thats good!! she plays the role of Reeta Skeeter so,so well!! I love her! :D Avatar Imageismarelde13 says: Miranda Richardson played Rita Skeeter really well! She's the character you love to hate! I hope she'll be back in Deathly Hallows.

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