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Rhys Ifans to Play Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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Posted by: sue
March 27, 2009, 07:39 PM

Tonight, scores of readers let us know that actor Rhys Ifans announced on the Friday Night with Jonathan Ross program broadcast this evening on the BBC that he would be appearing in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. While Mr. Ifans did not state which role he would be portraying, TLC can report that Rhys Ifans will be taking on the part of Xenophilius Lovegood, Luna's eccentric father and publisher of the Quibbler magazine. A rather fitting photo of Mr. Ifans as an elaborately garbed person can be seen here. During his appearance, TLC reader Neil writes that Rhys Ifans said  the "HP wardrobe people flew out to Spain to fit him for his robes while on the set of Mr Nice," a film which is now in post production. Rhys Ifans has appeared in many films, notably Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, and the soon to be released The Boat that Rocked. Update: You can now see additional photos of Rhys Ifans here in our Image Galleries. Also thanks to ComingSoon.net we can see video of his announcement via YouTube.

On a related note, UHP emailed us to let us know they spoke with agents for actress Clemence Poesy about her possible return to the part of Fleur in Deathly Hallows, however the negotiations are ongoing, and nothing is certain yet. We are working to learn more on this and will update when we can.

Please note: As with all the others, WB has not yet officially confirmed any of these casting reports, and we continue to await a formal release on these, however TLC believes the casting of Mr. Ifans as Xeno to be correct.

Thanks to SS, and especially Will, Nick, Neil, and all the readers who emailed about the Jonathan Ross announcement!

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The picture was a little odd…with the fur coat and stuff though he definitely looked eccentric.

I watched the Jonathan Ross clip. It’s funny how Ifans just mentioned candidly “I’m doing Harry Potter next” like it was no big deal.

He seems quirky enough for Xenophilius, and he can play unusual roles (he mentions in the clip he’s playing Howard Marks, a notorious former hashish dealer, in a movie he’s filming now). We’ll see how he as a Welshman plays against Evanna (who’s Irish).

I guess we’ll have to wait and see what develops with this.

It’s good that they’re trying to get Clemence Po├ęsy back. You kind of have to have Fleur in movie 7, seeing as her wedding is a major event in DH.

Posted by AleraofRavenclaw on March 30, 2009, 02:05 AM report to moderator
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he’s a cute dad :] very fitting for the character

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OMG He looks amazing!

Posted by melzy89 on March 30, 2009, 12:23 PM report to moderator
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I like his furry, red coat! LOL! He looks perfect for Xeno!

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on March 30, 2009, 09:29 PM report to moderator
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