Fifth Potter Gets Some New Faces

By Garth Franklin Tuesday May 30th 2006 04:31PM

Casting is well underway on "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". Death Eater Bellatrix Lestrange was to be played by Helen McCrory, but she's had to bow out due to a pending pregnancy. At the time when her scenes in the Ministry of Magic were to be filmed, she would've been close to giving birth which would be impossible to hide.

Now, CBBC Newsround has revealed that the role will be played by Helena Bonham Carter. They also confirm that the part of replacement Care of Magical Creatures teacher Professor Grubbly-Plank has gone to veteran actress Apple Brook.

Jason Piper has been cast in the part of the Bane the Centaur. Finally, a flashback featuring younger incarnations of existing characters has got its players set - Young Sirius Black will be played by James Walters, Young Remus Lupin by James Utechin and a Young Severus Snape will be played by Alec Hopkins.