Ralph Fiennes to play bad guy in 'Harry Potter' film

Posted: Thursday, August 05, 2004

LOS ANGELES He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named has been named.

Ralph Fiennes, who played memorable evil guys in ''Red Dragon'' and ''Schindler's List,'' has signed on to portray the wicked warlock Voldemort in the next ''Harry Potter'' movie, Warner Bros. announced Wednesday.

Voldemort is so bad that the magical characters in author J.K. Rowling's stories do their best not to speak his name aloud.

In the first three installments of the saga, a deadly magic spell meant for a baby Harry Potter backfired and deprived him of a body. So only his spirit wrought havoc in ''The Sorcerer's Stone,'' ''The Chamber of Secrets'' and the recent ''Prisoner of Azkaban.''

But Voldemort finally returns in the flesh in part four: ''Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.''

Filming has been under way on ''Goblet'' since June 25, mainly with star Daniel Racliffe as the boy-wizard, and co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson as his pals Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. Fiennes has not yet filmed any scenes.

'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,'' directed by ''Four Weddings and a Funeral'' filmmaker Mike Newell, is scheduled for theatrical release in November 2005.

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