Just last month, you plunked down your money to see ”Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” but it’s not too early for the hype surrounding the next movie, ”Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” to begin. There are at least 10 new actors in the cast of ”Goblet,” which began filming last month under a director new to the series, Mike Newell (”Mona Lisa Smile,” ”Four Weddings and a Funeral.”)
In keeping with the international flavor of J.K. Rowling’s fourth Potter book, the upcoming movie has expanded beyond the series’ traditionally all-British and Irish casts. The biggest new name is Brendan Gleeson, the Irish actor recently on screen as King Menelaus in ”Troy” – he’ll play Mad Eye Moody, who takes on the least secure job this side of Spinal Tap drummer: the Defense Against the Dark Arts teaching slot at Hogwarts. Other new grownups include Belgrade-born Pedja Bjelac (”Eurotrip”) as Durmstrang professor Igor Karkakoff, as well as British actors Frances De La Tour as Madame Maxine, headmistress of Beauxbatons Academy of Magic; Roger Lloyd-Pack as Barty Crouch, head of the Department of International Magic Cooperation; David Tennant as Barty Crouch Jr.; and Jeff Rawle as Amos Diggory.
Among the student cast, the newcomers include Katie Leung, an Scottish girl making her professional debut (having beaten out a reported 3,000 others for the part) as Harry’s love interest, Cho Chang. Other newcomers are young French actress Clémence Poésy as Fleur Delacoeur, Stanislav Ianevski as Quidditch ace Viktor Krum, and Robert Pattinson (who’ll be seen opposite Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming movie ”Vanity Fair”) as Cedric Diggory.
Most of the cast from previous Potter pictures is on board for ”Goblet,” including Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron), Emma Watson (Hermione), Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid), Michael Gambon (Dumbledore), Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall), Alan Rickman (Professor Snape), Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy), Gary Oldman (Sirius Black), and Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew). Notably missing from the cast are Richard Griffiths, Fiona Shaw, and Harry Melling, who play Harry Potter’s Muggle family, the Dursleys. Apparently, they’ve been trimmed from the screenplay in order to keep the running time of Rowling’s epic tale down to a reasonable feature length. ”Goblet” is due in theaters in November 2005.