Helen McCrory Talks Filming on Spinner’s End for Half-Blood Prince

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Jul 11, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Actress Helen McCrory has given a new interview where she discusses filming her role as Narcissa Malfoy in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Noting her appearance in the film is short, she also jokes about the fleeting appearance made by actor Timothy Spall as Wormtail in the Unbreakable vow scene at Spinner’s End. Quotage:

“She appears in the two final films of the series, but warns: “Don’t
reach down for your popcorn, because by the time you do, I could be off
the screen, in Half-Blood Prince I am literally like, whoa, there she
goes! But everyone was like that. In our first scene, Helena Bonham
Carter and I are rolling past this blue screen, and we knock on the
door and Tim Spall comes out.

“Tim pulls open the door and
looks. That took about a day and a half of filming, and then it was,
‘Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen, that’s a wrap on Mr Spall,’
and you go, that’s it? You have people like Tim, that most producers
are killing themselves to work with, and that’s the fun of doing (Harry
Potter]. Everyone is giving their all and they’re all used to playing
the lead parts. They’re going, ‘How shall I open the door? Do you want
me to do it like this, or like this?’ That sort of attention to detail,
because, you know, they probably last did Hamlet. So David is
surrounded by actors going, ‘Right, I can give you this, or I can give
you that, or I can give you . . .’ and he’s like, ‘Please, please, just
say your one line and f*** off.’” She laughs heartily. “He’s
extraordinary, because it’s a huge project: the pressure!”

As
the mother of two young children ’ with her husband, actor Damian
Lewis, she has a daughter Manon, two, and a son, Gulliver, one ’ I
wonder if she approached Narcissa in the spirit of Cruella de Ville, or
that of a ferocious mum defending her cub?

“In this film it’s
about protecting her son. The fact that you have children probably
makes a bit of a difference, but not enormously, because you do spend a
lot of time as an actor trying to imagine what the other person’s
feeling, anyway. As a woman you’ve played mothers before, and you don’t
have to be a mother to understand what feeling protective is all
about.”





48 Responses to Helen McCrory Talks Filming on Spinner’s End for Half-Blood Prince

Avatar ImageHPNAIV says: "'Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off." Bahahaha. Funny stuff :D She seems like a good person. Can't wait for HBP! Three more days! Avatar Imagebudgie says: I like the ferocious mum idea.Avatar ImageiLoveDolores says: shes nowhere near who i imagined as narcissa. i imagined more delicate, fragile, much more fleur like i suppose, but still with that malfoy edge about her - not quite as weak as she seems :D but i am eager to see Helen McCrory, i cant wait to see movie narcissa :DAvatar ImageKissa says: Oooh, I like her! Great interview. ;)Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: I think mother cub really captures it (don't know about in the movie yet...haven't seen it... SOON) but it was her love of her son that led to her decision to help take Voldemort down. (warning: You are entering tangentland) geez... If Draco took all the energy he spend on trying to look "bad and hardcore" and applied it to his studies and being a good person...it just blows my mind as to the time and energy he wasted.... he would be such a skilled wizard. Avatar ImageTiannangel says: Hmm...not what I picture Narcissa to be, but she seems goo. Can't wait to see what she's got!!!Avatar ImageSeVeRuS3 says: good interview but you know idc what u guys say her hair is really weird looking :((Avatar ImageAmy Darlene says: energy he spent.. i am very much looking forward to the unbreakable vow... i hope we get to see them walking up to his house... or perhaps throught he playground (which would be PERFECT) so we can see where Lilly grew upAvatar Imagekiwimci says: It really is so awesome that Harry Potter has this incredible wealth of talent. The films are full of British icons, I can't wait to see what the legacy of the films will be in 20 years time. Well actually I can wait. I'm dreading when the last comes out. It'll all be over. :( I really like Helen McCrory she always gives frank and enthusiastic interviewsAvatar Imagesinwillys822 says: i like her can't wait to see the movie. Avatar ImageTasyaWeasley says: :)Avatar Imageshellscotie says: David is surrounded by actors going, 'Right, I can give you this, or I can give you that, or I can give you . . .' and he's like, 'Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off.' Ha ha that's so funny.Avatar ImageLargeBlondDeathEater says: LMAO @ Timothy Spall's role! OPENING THE DOOR!!!Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: There are no small roles... Only small actors!!! lolAvatar ImageMoose_Starr says: This interview is really neat because, we all know the level of acting is to an incredibly high standard and the actors are all like the best of the best but, there's just something about the way she says about the attention to detail because they've all just done Hamlet or something really brings home the fact that these are all huge actors doing HP movies. That's just so cool :) Avatar ImageJohn-Robert says: i love her! opennnning the door. that's going to be epic.Avatar ImageMugglejeff says: Good interview.Avatar ImageRaveKatie says: Ahahah, I love that, how shall I open the door? Such detail!Avatar ImageBlueOwl4 says: Lol great interview, she's really funny. I never really imagined Narcissa with that hair and fierce air, but still, I think sh'ell be great.Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: She'll be good. Too bad she has such a small part.Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: Wow, it sounds like the Spinner's End scene is going to be very short!Avatar ImageJadeDanielle says: Haha, I love the bit about Timothy Spall....she seems quite funny :)Avatar ImageGraymayne says: Valid point, the way you open a door, it immediately reveals how you are feeling, calm, nervous, welcoming, suspicious. The actor may know the book but he doesn't know what effect the director wants to create unless he is told.Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: awesum interview :)Avatar Imageblue4t says: This is a funny interview. Many of these actors haven't had such a small role for many many years. Most of them had a big part in at least one of the movies in the series and their characters are still here so they have to come back to do that one little small part, like Timothy opening the door. The roles in the movies might end up being small, but the characters themselves are not small by any means. I mean Peter Pettigrew has to be in Spinner's End. Narcissa Malfoy, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Severus Snape have to be there. We won't accept them being played by other actors. They have to be by the actors that did them before. Except for minor characters like Pansy and Angelina and the unfortunate death of Harris, Harry Potter has kept the same actors throughout the entire series. That is a beautiful thing. We've had Dan Radcliffe play Harry in all the movies. We've had Alan Rickman play Snape in all the movies. No one has said they're too big to return for just one line. That's absolutely wonderful. The continuity is fantastic. In that aspect this series, being an 8 film series, is amazing. All the actors have returned when asked. They want to be here. They want to play their part.Avatar Imagecallicott3 says: Excellent interview! And, you're right Won_Two..."There ARE no small parts, only small actors!"Avatar Imagecolly10113 says: I think she'll portray Narcissa perfectly! Can't wait to see the movie!Avatar Imageharrypotterlover10 says: 'Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off.' RUDE but funny at the same time= me laughing my A** off!Avatar Imageharrypotterlover10 says: 'Please, please, just say your one line and f*** off.' RUDE but funny at the same time= me laughing my butt off!Avatar ImageBellamont says: I love the fact that all these actors who have done these giant productions will bother to take that much detail with this series. Dedication like that is extremely honorable.Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Pretty goos interview! This wasn't how I imagined Narcissa at all in the books.... but we'll see if she can play the role right.Avatar Imagecghambright says: Awesome interview!! And it's so true. There are LEGENDs in these films and it's really amazing that they're willing to come in and play such a small role. It's really brilliant. But all of them get their chance to do more in other films. Narcissa is big in Deathly Hallows and Wormtail has his moment too. I can't wait!!! :DAvatar ImageFloridianFlounder95 says: I love her now! She's really got a grip on Narcissa's Character!Avatar ImageUmbridgeintraining says: Call me crazy, but I pictured Narcissa to look more like Luna.Avatar Imagepansy parkinson says: I like her she seems funny and cool. Too bad about her hair tho, its hideousness is distracting. Avatar ImageLinnyish says: I love the idea of all these incredibly successful and talented actors trying to perfect their ten seconds of action xD It's probably good for them anyway hah.Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: She looks like the McGonagall actress.Avatar Imagecolly10113 says: She's hilarious!Avatar Imagefngw417 says: A very refreshing response to the question posed. Her candor is welcome and I think she will be the perfect NarcissaAvatar ImageFereverto says: She will do doubt do a fine job portraying Narcissa, but the hair looks stupid. What the heck are they thinking? Do they think we're to dumb to recognize her as Bellatrix's sister without some dark hair? Looks like a pile of poo on top of her head. :DAvatar Imagebiswajit says: She looks as perfectly as malfoy's momAvatar ImagePax says: She's not how I pictured Narcissa either. What happened to the long blond hair- what's with upside-down skunk do? Although she does make me think of the description in GOF - it says sometihng like she would have been nice-looking except for lookingas though she had a perpetual bad smell under her nose! :PAvatar ImagePax says: She's not how I pictured Narcissa either. What happened to the long blond hair- what's with upside-down skunk do? Although she does make me think of the description in GOF - it says sometihng like she would have been nice-looking except for lookingas though she had a perpetual bad smell under her nose! :PAvatar ImagePax says: Sorry for double-posting above. Could someone delete this & one of the extras, please. "Kill the Spare!" Thanks! :)Avatar Imagelupinwandcaster says: I agree with the people talking about the hair, I did expect blonde hair.Avatar Imagesirius17 says: I did expect all blond hair, but she has that certain strict look that I always pictured Narcissa to look like.Avatar ImageKC Nox says: shes great!Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: that scene was so good, helen did such a great job with the little screen time that she has

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