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The characters from ''Half-Blood Prince'' -- We cast our choices to play six new characters from J.K. Rowling's newest book

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RUFUS SCRIMGEOUR The new Minister of Magic ''looked rather like an old lion. There were streaks of gray in his mane of tawny hair and his bushy eyebrows; he had. . .a certain rangy, loping grace.''
OUR PICK Brian Cox.

HORACE SLUGHORN ''An enormously fat, bald, old man'' returning to Hogwarts, where he once taught both Snape and Harry's mom, Lily. He boasts an ''enormous, silver, walruslike mustache.''
OUR PICK Bob Hoskins.

MARVOLO GAUNT The ''elderly'' grandfather of Voldemort, with broad shoulders, overlong arms, bright brown eyes, scrubby hair, a wrinkled face — ''the look of a powerful, aged monkey.''
OUR PICK Peter O'Toole.

MORFIN GAUNT Marvolo's much-abused son, with matted hair, missing teeth, and small eyes staring in opposite directions. ''He might have looked comical, but. . .the effect was frightening.''
OUR PICK Rhys Ifans.

MEROPE GAUNT Marvolo's daughter, who weds a Muggle and dies giving birth to Voldemort. ''She had a plain, pale, rather heavy face. . .[a] defeated-looking person.''
OUR PICK Helena Bonham Carter.

FENRIR GREYBACK A vicious werewolf who joins the Death Eaters and attacks people so werewolves might outnumber wizards — ''a big, rangy man with matted gray hair and whiskers.''
OUR PICK Daniel Day-Lewis.

Originally posted Jul 22, 2005 Published in issue #831 Jul 29, 2005 Order article reprints