Nighy Talks Scrimgeour and The Will of Albus Dumbledore Scene (Updated)

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Jul 16, 2009

Posted by: SueTLC

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Actor Bill Nighy has given more details on his role as Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Scifiwire.com spoke with the actor who stated again he will be filming his role in the next few weeks, and also gave some more detail about one scene, which readers will recall happens in The Will of Albus Dumbledore chapter:

“Well, there’s one where he comes and delivers Dumbledore’s [Michael
Gambon] legacy to the three children,” Nighy replied, referring to
Harry, Hermione (Emma Watson) and Ron (Rupert Grint, with whom Nighy
worked on the upcoming action-comedy Wild Target). “He gives
them all of the things that Dumbledore has left them, and that’s when
it’s first indicated that he may not be around for much longer. So it’s
quite an affecting scene.”

He also speaks again on the character, noting “Scrimgeour is a rather tragic figure, without giving too much away,”
Nighy said. “But there’s no giving too much away, because everybody’s
read the books. So he’s a kind of tragic figure. You have that element.
And he knows what’s coming. So that’s a very moving thing to play. He’s
also very powerful, and he’s had a very complicated progress to the
top. And he has an interesting relationship with Harry [Daniel
Radcliffe], because Harry views him initially with complete contempt,
but then it’s softened by subsequent events.”
UPDATE: MTV now has a video interview online where he briefly says that yes he is playing Rufus Scrimgeour





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