More from Ciaran Hinds on “the Unheard of Dumbledore” in “Deathly Hallows”


Feb 26, 2010

Posted by EdwardTLC

There are a pair of new interviews online with actor Ciaran Hinds, who is set to portray the character of Aberforth Dumbledore in the upcoming “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” films, in which more is revealed about his involvement in the production. FIrst, Collider has a video interview online in which Mr. Hinds discusses the time he spent on set, his knowledge of the role and books before filming, and his experience working with the cast. Noting that he “did about five days work on [the film],” he related he felt “honored to join the Harry Potter club” and be associated with the films. Calling his Aberforth “the unheard of Dumbledore,” Hinds went on to speak about the kind of “genuinely fantastic” prosthetics used to transform his visage into one resembling being a part of the Dumbledore family.
A second interview comes courtesy of focuses more on the experience Mr. Hinds had while filming for the “Deathly Hallows” film. Quoteage:

What has it been like to play Aberforth in the Harry Potter films?

Ciarán Hinds: He is not in it for very long. I must warn you. Again, it was a great thrill just to be in it. He’s not that involved in the story. I think he comes in near the very end, where he comes in and saves the gang from being torn apart by Dementors. He actually explains to Harry and Hermione, and Ron, the history of his brother when they were young. Even though he’s gotten a few black marks for his behavior. They go through the whole cycle of it. But I’m not sure where that is going to be added to the story. It was a mystery to me why I was thrown into the pot. When I took a look at all of the other actors there, I have to say…I was very thrilled to be a part of it. I don’t even know if you’ll be able to recognize me in this. Hopefully I will look like Michael Gambon’s younger brother. It was great fun to play.

What was it like to step onto that set for the first time?

Ciarán Hinds: It all looked pretty crazy. My major scene took place in a small room. It was a room under the pub that he ran. It was very much contained, the scene that I had to do. Then I had to shoot for two more days, where they had me running around this huge set. It had been ripped apart in a Morlock battle. It was covered with people running around waving a wand in a certain direction. That was the mad part of it that I just had one day on. Last January. Most of the stuff I did in the film was contained in a small room.

Many thanks to Snitch Seeker for the info!

28 Responses to More from Ciaran Hinds on “the Unheard of Dumbledore” in “Deathly Hallows”

Avatar Imagenellythemarrow says: I think Ciarán Hinds will be good as Aberforth. He's good at being gruff with underlying emotion. I hope they have another goat hanging around that small set.Avatar ImageI Heart Harry Potter says: Wow, I'm impressed with their choice of character for Aberborth, I think he will definitely portray Dumbledore's brother perfectly!Avatar Imagejhangelgurl says: What i love about Harry Potter films is how they pick excellent talented actors. Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: ACCIO NOVEMBER AND NEXT JULY XDAvatar ImageI love my Spectra Specs says: @DiamondWings, I so agree with you :)Avatar ImageeiVega says: At first I was afraid he was only in the pub scene but his comment about running around a large set relaxes me with the hope that he stuck around for the final battle. Yay! :)Avatar Imageharrypotterfreak101 says: I am dying to see the Deathly Hallows! I CANNOT WAIT! EEK!Avatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Very cool! :)Avatar ImageIceholic says: Goat!Avatar ImageYodatheHobbit says: Excellent!Avatar ImageNumeroUnoFan says: he got tossed right in and i hope he's great i know he will beAvatar Imagedecarus says: He seems right for the role. I like that they are going to include him in the battle. It looks like they are going to let everyone get a little battle on which i like a lot. Avatar Imagekingdomkey1121 says: You'd think it would be hard to play a character when you have no idea your importance or where you even come in the story! Nonetheless, I'm sure he'll be great ^_^Avatar Imagealicia00 says: cool i all was wanted to kno what he was going to look likeAvatar ImageNot Slytherin says: I think it's cool that he was excited to be there - he knows he is part of something special!Avatar ImageDawna says: Morlock? Noy part of the HP lexicon...Avatar ImageProsophules says: I don't know this actor, but looking at his face... he could've played Albus too, if they made him look older!Avatar Imagecheeserpleaser says: I think, based on the recent appearances he has made in the media, that he will do the character justice and I look forward to watching him perform.Avatar ImageGiant Squid says: Awesome and cool!Avatar ImageEeyore says: I think he'll be great as Aberforth. I went to the link and tried to watch the interview but it stopped more than it played and his part of it was too quiet to hear well, so I gave up. Maybe there will be a transcript of the interview later?Avatar ImageScarStruck says: Awwww =]Avatar Imagewandmastercalum says: I think he would be a great Aberforth!!!!!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: Awesome!Avatar ImageLoveTomRiddle says: I think he would be an awesome Aberforth!Avatar Imageleigia says: I'm looking forward to seeing his role in the movie. If he played part in the final battle, hopefully they will not cut his brief scene out.Avatar Imagehewy says: What is a Morlock battle? Could he possibly mean a worlock? Oh well it's his interview. Am sure he will be a credit to the character and be truly awesome.Avatar Imagebettb says: I've admired Mr. Hinds since I saw him in a version of Jane Austen's "Persuasion" more than a decade ago, as a dashing naval captain. I think he will make a terrific Aberforth. And I hope he was being whimsical when he said "Morlock battle," because, as we all well know, there Ain't No Such in HP. X-Men, or something? Anyway, looking forward to seeing a goat or two in the background of his big scene.Avatar ImageMadam Snape says: I was afraid they wouldn't shoot Aberforth's part in the final battle... Thank God they will! Can't wait to see how he interacts with the trio, and specially with Neville and the other Room Of Requirement refugees to whom he was supposed to had had more contact. Should be great!

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