Actress Sophie Thompson Speaks About “Deathly Hallows” Filming as Mafilda Hopkirk


Apr 08, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

The BBC has posted a short video interview with Sophie Thompson, who is portraying the role of Mafilda Hopkirk in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows,” in which the actress mentions briefly filming for the seventh film. Noting a particular scene filmed “a couple of weeks ago” where she is being chased by dementors. Quoteage:

“We were running away from these dementors, which Harry Potter people will know are these horrible creatures that suck out your very soul and they had to slow me down. I was in my high heels and everything because I’m playing this little secretary character … and they said: ‘Soph, you’re going too fast! Nobody can keep up!’”

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I” comes to theaters this November, while Part II is slated for release in July of 2011.

66 Responses to Actress Sophie Thompson Speaks About “Deathly Hallows” Filming as Mafilda Hopkirk

Avatar ImageNoble Birth Descending says: Mafilda Hopkirk being chased by dementors... What will they think up next?Avatar Imagejoelface says: Gah! Chased by demontors in high heels? This movie is going to PWN everything!!!!!Avatar ImageMissHagrid says: Actually, Jo thought that one up, people. This would be the scene where Hermione is polyjuiced into Mafalda Hopkirk and she and Harry (as Runcorn) are fleeing a courtroom filled with Dementors. Avatar ImageInformal says: From Chapter 13: 'C'mon,' said Harry, and he led Hermione [in the guise of Mafalda Hopkirk] and Mrs Cattermole to the door. When the Patronuses glided out of the dungeon there were cries of shock from the people waiting outside. Harry looked around; the dementors were falling back on both sides of them, melding into the darkness, scattering before the silver creatures. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (London, 2007) p. 217Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: ^ Exactly.Avatar ImageGiant Fairy says: Indeed, Miss Hagrid, but the High Heel Thingy is a nice addition Jo didn t come along with! (by the way, does anybody want to know that this weekend i ll book my Munich-Florida flight including HP Park?? for the chrismas holidays?? Yipeee)Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Noble, what are you talking about? They are chased by dementors in the Ministry and have to ward them off with patronuses. This is not an invention for the movie.Avatar ImageMr. Brightside says: Seems rational to me running fast to avoid Dementors! RUN MAFALDA RUN!Avatar ImageRoseann says: Can not wait to see the movie ROARAvatar Imagexoniamhox says: Mafalda is the one Hermione uses polyjuice potion to become, is it?Avatar ImageFilmGirl27 says: Lol, this will be funny in the film! :D Go Mafilda go!Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Eeeeep High heels!! O_o Hahahaha epic. =DAvatar Imagekiwimci says: yes yes Sophie is playing Hermione playing Mafalda. Nice referencing job too and yet ironically your name is Informal :) Best of luck in the London Marathon Ms Thompson, you forgot to mention she's running for Children in Need India which is kind of the point of why they're even talking about running and about why she's running too fast even in high heels.Avatar ImageethanHP says: Giant Fairy, Mafalda is a secretary, so it's not far feched that she is wearing high heels. Just because Jo doesn't describe every detail it doesn't mean she isn't wearing shoes you know... sometimes some of you try to hard to find something to criticize.Avatar ImageGloria says: Relieved to see that at least some people here have noticed that it's Mafalda. Very surprised at the Mafilda mistake, which is clearly not a spelling one. It's a pretty girl's name with a lot of history, and also, haven't you read the famous comic strips? Anyway, it will be really nice to see the lovely Sophie, as well as her sister Emma, in DH. Looking forward to it!Avatar Imagealicia00 says: awesomeAvatar Imagegingerr_kat says: I assume she is being chased by dementors in the scene where Hermione has used polyjuice potion to become her and the dementors are chasing them when they try to steal the locket from umbridge. It'll be interesting to see how they did this.Avatar ImageFabulous_DEAR-HP says: can't wait to see it!!!Avatar ImageCassandraM says: Given how little the sixth movie resembled the sixth book, I am expecting the worst for movies 7a and 7b. But why follow a perfectly good story line when you can invent one of your own?Avatar ImageCatherine says: cool sounds, like it is all coming together....Avatar Imagewhyalltheglitter says: That is sooo funny!!!! I am soo excited to see it!!!!Avatar ImageToNkS_rip says: mafalda not mafilda. and high heels and dementors?? seriously? i dont think so. but shes not too bad a mafalda, btwAvatar ImageWeetzie says: "Soph, you're going too fast! Nobody can keep up!" Haha! I hope there will be a behind-the-scenes-thing with this.Avatar ImageEmmaria says: woooooooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwAvatar Imagemmdoli says: VOTE FOR EMMA! THE 2010 TIME 100 POLL @ TIME'S MAGAZINEAvatar ImageLove is the greatest magic says: Sophie was really good playing evil Stella in Eastenders so I'm looking forward to seeing her in DH. I think all the polyjuice potion scenes will be interesting but especially seeing Helena Bonham Carter playing Hermione playing Bella. Avatar Imagehermy007 says: i think that hermione is supposed to be impersonating her with the polyjuice potion. the sneak peek shows hermione in very secretary-like clothing. maybe?Avatar Imagehermy007 says: oops. looks like someone said that already. ah well. :)Avatar Imagegryffindor1991 says: they spelled her name wrong. its Mafalda not Mafilda. and thats gonna pretty funny seeing her run in heels. haha... thats one of the many seens i cant wait to see. Avatar Imagehewy says: Please dear WB let this one at least resemble the book to some degree. Thought that was the reason for splitting it into two parts.Avatar Imagedecarus says: This part is in the book. Why do people keep saying that this doesn't resemble the book? I am confused. Though i do think that it is easily possible that they will put more action in this scene then was in the book.Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: gotta love dementorsAvatar ImageSeaJay says: Please please please stop with the "... its not in the book..." blah blah blah it is so boring boring tedious boring... There are still some commentators here who just don't GET that a film is a film is a film and a book is a book is a book. JKR expressly does not want the films to try and be 'just like the books'. JKR encourages us all to use our imagination and be creative. And this very much includes the team who are making the films. I will be VERY disappointed if the film is 'just like the book'. I have got the book at home and I can read it any time I like. I do not want to pay good money to go to the cinema and see a copy of the book on the screen! I want some surprises, I want some new angles, I want some imagination and creativity.Avatar Imagemoglet says: Amazing how many people here don't seem to think there is anything like this in the book, have you all read it or not? Glad that most people do realise that the scene exists, they may give it a bit more action because that will work well for the film. Sophie sounds so like her Mum!Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: "Given how little the sixth movie resembled the sixth book." See. This is just factually incorrect. Utterly ridiculous. I think you watched GI Joe instead of HBP. I bet you you only watched it once. . It resembled the sixth book more than it un-resembled it. IT IS THE SAME STORY. There are more scene straight out of the book than there are removed from it. You do not understand that this happens to every movie adaptation of a book in existence! It is not exclusive to HP! Minor changes to the narrative and scenes that didn't make the cut does not a bad adaptation make! People want everything to fit into their perfect little individual way they imagined it. It's just selfish and robs the filmmakers of the praise they deserve. Avatar Imagemolly43 says: SeaJay and YodatheHobbit It's nice that we live in a diverse world and your opinion has been noted. It's definitely ok , however, tht some of us like the book the way it is and would like to see the movie exactly as the book is. That is why we bought the book because we like the way JKR made the book. There are some changes tht a movie has to make because it can't be translated to movie status, but it should stay in line with the personality of the story. I'm not saying it's happening in this particular scene; but when you start add'g and deleting important things to a movie then that takes away from the character of the film then it makes the film less interesting to some of us. I for one think they use too many physically dark scenes. I squinted to try to understand some scenes but It was still hard to figure them out. If I hadn't read the book I wouldn't know what was happening. A competent story should be clear enough for those who had never read the book to understand. I feel like if you want to make up a lot of things then write your own book and make a movie of it. HPSC is a good example of how things were added or taken out but the character of the book remained. I don't feel tht the sixth book or any book after HPPA even half way resembles the books and I've both read and listened to all of the HP books at least six times. I think JKR is a genius of a writer. Avatar Imagebellaohbella says: nice cant waitAvatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Why do some fans keep implying that the Dementor scene isn't in the book? Seriously, they do have to escape from the Dementors during the Ministry scene in the book. It's funny how even the fans seemingly don't know this. Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Oh, and I don't see what's so wrong about the character wearing high heels, unless her shoes are so significant to you (are they even described in the book, anyway)? I guess I don't care very much about what shoes a character wears.Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: cool news!Avatar Imagemagicmaniac says: kewl!!!Avatar Imagenwrosey says: weird... Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: Oh *that's* Sophie Thompson, I hadn't realised it was her. Well that's interesting. She's not how I pictured Mafalda, but neither have most of the actors and actresses been and they've still been good. Can't wait to see the scene in the cinema :DAvatar ImageSeaJay says: molly43 (3:53pm) I know what you are saying and given that the films are simply not going to resemble the books in a way that would please you surely you should do yourself a favour and make a point of not seeing the films? Why upset yourself and waste your money?Avatar Imagedecarus says: Well she looks like Maflada when she is in costume. I think it works. I think they did a good job with all three. Avatar ImagecOoLiO_bEans1494 says: Haha, I find it amazing that she was wearing high heels and she still outran everybody. Woohoo I can't wait to see the Ministry of Magic scene. Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: That part in the book was exciting I bet it will be even better in the movie. Watching that whole part in the Minsitry of Magic. Oh when will it release already, but I think I'll stick to waiting...I don't want the movies to end now!Avatar Imagecritterfur says: Okay, I'm going to be a little controversial here, I think. I'm one of those who fall into the camp of keeping the general story the same in a book-to-film adaptation, but who also loves the idea of finding new ways to portray those same scenes on film. For instance, as a movie-goer, I would rather have the scene of Harry fleeing from a flying (not hovering, like in the book) dragon all around the turrets of Hogwarts instead of how it's portrayed in the book (Harry sort of just zooms left and right before diving for the egg, the dragon refuses to leave the egg and just sort of crouches and snarls the whole time) just wouldn't work in a movie. The same thing happened in Lord of the Rings when it was adapted...TONS of action scenes that didn't exist in the book at all, or were only implied...same thing for the Narnia movies...and I for one love it. Most authors who are comfortable enough with themselves love to see a little bit of liberty taken with adaptations of their novels, and since I have personally read and seen a number of interviews with J.K. Rowling stating that that is what she wants (and I wouldn't dispute one of my favorite authors), it's totally cool with me. When people complain about Steve Kloves or the invention of new scenes or the deletion of certain characters, they always assume Jo is shaking her head in dismay somewhere, but in fact she's described Steve Kloves in various interviews as one of her better friends (and he's done the same with her). She trusts and likes what he comes up with, and she's also made suggestions to him over the years and told him when certain things don't match up with her grand vision for the series. Now here comes the controversial part...I think some fans want non-fans to understand why they love these books so much, and when they don't see a direct book-to-film translation (especially if the non-fan decides they "don't get" the film or don't like it), we blame it on the fact that "the book was better"...but a non-fan, 99.9 percent of the time, just isn't ever going to read the book. I'm sorry, but we should be grateful the films stay as close to the source material as they do...I've seen far worse adaptations in my time. And to be honest, to say you love one of Jo's Potter books and bought it because it was styled a certain way doesn't make sense...first you buy the book, then you read have no clue before-hand which direction the story is going to go, because it's all new to you at the time. A good film adaptation should compress the story somewhat, simply because of how people's brains work when watching films as opposed to how they work when reading a book a chapter at a time...and a good adaptation should also simplify things somewhat, not too much, but somewhat...and a good adaptation should always include something new, because to me it feels like reading a lost chapter of the book, and helps re-create that sense of discovery. Avatar ImageLeo_Lovegood says: Agreed 100% with critterfur. Couldn't have said it better myself.Avatar Imageegdillon28 says: Haha, I know that moment shouldn't be funny at all, but it made me laugh!Avatar Imagemoglet says: @critterfur, very well put, I like the films, I love the books, and I think that they have kept the feel of the story rather well, PS and COS were good enough films but in a way they stuck rather too much to portraying the written page, it was lovely when POA came out and had so much more creativity. I can separate the books and the films and enjoy both.Avatar ImageSwedishSkinJer says: Agreed, critterfur. I absolutely adore the films and how they magnificently portray Jo's world, from the special effects to the gorgeous production design. I also agree that movies and books have to tell stories differently, and so I can accept cinematic changes very easily if they engage me. I think the films keep the spirit of the books and do a good job of introducing general audiences to the world of Harry Potter through some great British acting.Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I look forward to seeing her performance! Avatar Imagedecarus says: I think Harry Potter is in general close enough to the book to be good. I disliked the scenes at the burrow in at HBP with Ginny though i guess the attack was okay. On the other hand, the Chronicles of Narina: Prince Caspian is not a good adaption. If you have read the book then you will know it is not Narnia. Avatar ImageLunaLuver says: Just like in the book! I love it when that happens. :) I just read this part last night, I'm re-reading DH for the 7th...could be 8th time. Why is everyone surprised this is in the movie, its in the book.Avatar ImageFresca says: I am sure that Sophie will do her role justice,and I am glad that they are taking the story line seriously. Mafalda is really Hermionein this scene, and if Dementors were after me, I would try to run fast... high heels or not!Avatar ImageLoonyMaddie3 says: Can't wait! Sooo excited! Avatar ImageRin68nyr says: I agree with Critterfur...the only times I have been disappointed was in OOTP when they made Harry's patronus just a silver ball, when it should have been a stag. And I do wish they had included more Dursley moments...but overall i have really enjoyed the films.Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: Running from dementors in high heels... That's epic!!! LOL It will be fun to watch, can't wait to it!!! Way to go, Sophie!!!Avatar ImageAlice Weasley says: Running in high heels- awesome. Can't wait!Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: Gotta say, I love it when we hear about a scene and someone here says, "That's not in the book," and then somebody quotes it directly from the book. Shows we're all human and make mistakes. Or we're just not paying attention.Avatar Imagejeannemcl says: I guess my second comment was too much to be posted here. I didn't realize Leaky is as sensitive as some news outlets.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Ha! I am sure she will be great!Avatar Imagemadman1277 says: Man i can't wait for these movies, they are going to be freaking awesomeAvatar ImageSmitch says: hahahahaAvatar ImageLittle Light says: 0__0

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