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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 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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1090 Points

Cool! He seems like a good actor to play Xeno!
Fingers crossed that Clemence will return as Fleur!

Posted by *Adeline* ~ ROAR! :D on March 27, 2009, 08:13 PM report to moderator
783 Points

I hope Clemence comes back!!

Posted by Mary11_hplvr*WBM* on March 27, 2009, 08:20 PM report to moderator
8876 Points

Wow … I’ve always visualized Xeno as someone like Rhys Ifans. That’s pretty cool if it’s true.
I sure hope Fleur will be back for DH, I really thought Clemence Poesy was … back? I know she said she hadnt been aproached for HBP but, I thought she’d said she’s back for DH. Maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part. But, with DH in two parts, surely there’s room for Fleur. Many other minor characters have been cast for DH so, I’m still hopeful for Fleur.

Posted by Moose_Starr on March 27, 2009, 08:21 PM report to moderator
586 Points

Wow! This is great news! (As long as it happens! fingers crossed) He seems a little young for Xenophilius but he sounds like a good actor so I think he could pull it off! And Clemence Poesy coming back! I’ve been waiting for this news for ages!

Posted by HermioneRon4ever on March 27, 2009, 08:24 PM report to moderator
1090 Points

Hey! Are you a fan of Fleur? Do you want Clemence to come back for DH?

Join ‘Fans of Fleur :)’

Posted by *Adeline* ~ ROAR! :D on March 27, 2009, 08:29 PM report to moderator
154 Points

wow I think that’s a fabulous choice!

Posted by Dragongirl on March 27, 2009, 08:32 PM report to moderator
1067 Points

Casting news makes me so happy!

Posted by eiVega on March 27, 2009, 08:36 PM report to moderator
346 Points

not exactly the way i imagined but watever

Posted by jonfrog {ROAR} on March 27, 2009, 08:52 PM report to moderator
5668 Points

he looks really good, this is exciting!

Posted by rebel on March 27, 2009, 08:57 PM report to moderator
9765 Points

I think he’ll do exceedingly well. :)

Posted by maera-kyrie on March 27, 2009, 09:00 PM report to moderator
302 Points

Not how I pictured him at all. :\

Posted by BellatrixInPink *ROAR* on March 27, 2009, 09:03 PM report to moderator
1921 Points

Rhys Ifans was wonderful and quirky in Notting Hill, but he just seems too young for Xeno. Makeup will help, I guess.
And if they’ve cast Bill, they’d have to cast Fleur, wouldn’t they?

Posted by izziewitch on March 27, 2009, 09:06 PM report to moderator
6196 Points

Aw…I was hoping for Johnny Depp on this one. Oh well. This guy looks like he’ll fit the part pretty well.

Posted by Professor Cassandra *~WBM~* on March 27, 2009, 09:07 PM report to moderator
76 Points

i wanted bob hoskins :-(

Posted by MOEgir198 on March 27, 2009, 09:08 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

Cool! He seems like he’d be a really good Xenophilius! :)

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on March 27, 2009, 09:20 PM report to moderator
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