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Bathsheda August 18th, 2011 11:30 am

Polyjuice actors
 
I've done a search and couldn't find something like this.

This thread is for discussing the performance of actors portraying a polyjuiced character. Here is a list of the polyjuice portrayals in the movies:

CoS:
Jamie Waylett as Crabbe-Ron
Joshua Herman as Goyle-Harry

GoF:
Brendan Gleeson as Barty-Moody

DH1:
Daniel Radcliffe as Fleur/Hermione/Fred/George/Ron/Mundungus-Harry
David O’Hara as Runcorn-Harry
Sophie Thompson as Mafalda-Hermione
Steffan Rhodri as Cattermole-Ron

DH2:
Helena Bonham-Carter as Bellatrix-Hermione




I think Dan did a great job in the Seven Potters scene. It was real fun. :rotfl:

And Helena did a brilliant job playing Hermione. I thought the way she stumbled on those high heels was a really nice touch.

I also really liked David O'Hara as Runcorn-Harry. I liked how perplexed he looked most of the time.

ILuvDarkMarks August 18th, 2011 10:36 pm

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
Major credit to all of these actors because it can't be easy to portray your character as someone else playing your character- and all succeeded in being convincing.

I think O'Hara, Thompson, and Rhodri were brilliant! You could definitely see Dan's Harry, Emma's Hermione, and Rupert's Ron in each of them- as opposed to them just playing Harry, Ron, and Hermione as their own. O'Hara even got Dan's walk! I think it was even harder for them because the characters the trio were impersonating were ones we've never seen before so they had no idea how to act as Runcorn, Malfalda, and Cattermole, as compared to Waylett and Herman who had a better idea of Harry and Ron's characters.

Helena was fantastic as Hermione-Bellatrix. Her expressions were spot-on and I too love the touch of not being able to walk in the heels. She was so convincing, you'd think they just did a really good make-up job on Emma!

And Dan deserves major kudos because he played more than character and even though it was one short scene, he studied each person long and hard to get their mannerisms and such.

Lonnie August 18th, 2011 11:05 pm

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Helena-Hermione stood out to me more than any of the others because she did a brilliant job. It really did seem like Hermione to the point where, when you're not thinking about the fact that it's a movie, you really could believe that Hermione just morphed into her.

I really have to rewatch the DH movies. I almost forgot about Dan's polyjuice scene altogether. I'm sure that must've been fun/a pain to do, haha.

I have always been very fond of the Crabbe-Ron for whatever reason.

lumoshemuttered August 18th, 2011 11:10 pm

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I really, really enjoyed Helena as Hermione-Bellatrix. If it wasn't, obviously, for the looks, that could easily have been Emma Watson. It's a very complicated role, because she's playing someone pretending to be her, who's hating that she's in that body but still having to be convincing, while also dealing with all the pressure/nerves of the moment.

There's also a lot going on with Dan in the Seven Potters scene! My favorite is Harry-Hermione, who finished getting dressed before the others and stands in the background rolling her(his?) eyes impatiently.

I thought the Runcorn, Mafalda, and Cattermole characters did good jobs, too. It was so funny to watch because even though in the books I knew they were supposed to look like Ministry workers, I kept picturing it in my head as Harry, Ron, and Hermione. It was really strange to see these complete strangers on screen and have to remember that they're not random people, it's the trio.

TexasMuggle August 18th, 2011 11:19 pm

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Well, shows how much I know...I thought it was Hermione playing Bellatrix at Gringott's. So that Helena young lady did a fab job, because I was fooled. =)

Sergio182 August 18th, 2011 11:39 pm

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
I think they did a great job to portray each other especially Helena Bonham portraying Hermione, she doesn't usually act as a good person in her movies but she did well in this one!

snapes_witch August 19th, 2011 1:39 am

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by TexasMuggle (Post 5837268)
Well, shows how much I know...I thought it was Hermione playing Bellatrix at Gringott's. So that Helena young lady did a fab job, because I was fooled. =)

It was tricky because they used Emma's voice!

Kings_Cross August 19th, 2011 2:47 am

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
David O’Hara as Runcorn-Harry is my favorite! The way he walks all unsure is very Harry.

SBNB August 19th, 2011 4:17 am

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They're all fun to watch. Bellatrix/Hermione was good, but it didn't live up to all the hype for me. My favorite was probably Runcorn/Harry. Crabbe/Ron and Goyle/Harry were also good.

JimmyPotter August 19th, 2011 7:56 pm

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
I'm sure Dan would have wanted to do impressions of Rupert's Ron and Emma's Hermione for a long time, and this was his chance.

SnidgetPatronus August 19th, 2011 8:18 pm

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
It must have been insane for Jamie Waylett & Joshua Herman to be the face of Harry potter even if it was for only one scene. Its jumping from secondary characters to right up front in the spot light.

I would have to say my favorite portrayal was Helena as Hermione. I think she did an amazing job of acting as Hermione pretending to be a bad guy.

Pottermore August 19th, 2011 9:09 pm

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
I thought Helena played Hermione-Bellatrix very well.
I especially liked the look when the goblin asks for her wand.

snapes_witch August 19th, 2011 10:52 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Pottermore (Post 5839466)
I thought Helena played Hermione-Bellatrix very well.
I especially liked the look when the goblin asks for her wand.

It was confusing for me because I knew it was Helena acting like Emma imitating Bellatrix when it occurred to me that Bellatrix didn't have her usual scowl, which Hermione wouldn't normally have had. Good grief, I hope it's possible to understand that sentence!!

I don't understand the hesitancy to show Bellatrix's wand . . .

Silver_Arrow77 August 20th, 2011 12:51 am

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I don't understand the hesitancy to show Bellatrix's wand . . .
That's because by then I expect that most of the Death Eaters would have found out about Harry's escape from Malfoy Manor, and the fact that Bellatrix's wand was taken. I guess the Gringotts goblins would have been warned about this too, as a precaution (although LV actually didn't know that Harry knew about the Horcruxes at that point, yet.)

Back to the topic: I thought Helena Bonham-Carter's portrayal of Hermione disguised as Bellatrix was one of the best out of the "Polyjuice actors", she really nailed her insecurity.

Slartibartfast August 20th, 2011 6:27 am

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I especially liked Cattermole-Ron. Omg! He was great! Runcorn-Harry was great too. That shifty walk of his.

__Bellatrix__ August 20th, 2011 6:54 am

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I especially liked Cattermole-Ron. Omg! He was great! Runcorn-Harry was great too. That shifty walk of his.
I almost forgot about Runcorn Harry's walk! O'Hara did do a great job as Harry, the walk was perfect and quite amusing :) Helena in DH2 is my favuorite she did an awesome job as Bellatrix-Hermione the way she walked, and stumbled in the heels made it very beleivable, and her face looking at the goblin was very Hermione.

Nielo August 20th, 2011 7:36 pm

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Quote:

Originally Posted by Lonnie (Post 5837247)
I have always been very fond of the Crabbe-Ron for whatever reason.

Me too! We don't usually see much of him and it's fun to see him act like Ron. I think he nailed the part.

In the books, I never pictured everyone keeping their own voices though, so that really confused me in the beginning.

But I have to agree with what's been said here, Helena does an awesome job of playing Hermione, it's very believable, you just forget it's not Emma you're watching.

Gwendolen August 20th, 2011 7:54 pm

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I liked Hermione/Bellatrix on the beach as well, she really looked like Hermione the way she walked, and said "how do I look?". I liked Ron's disguise too, as it was hard to tell he wasn't polyjuiced.

Runcorn, Cattermole and Mafalda were really good too. It could have been very confusing, if it wasn't so easy to tell which was Harry and which was Ron.

ProfessorWooton August 20th, 2011 9:00 pm

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I think the Barty-Moody was brilliant - mostly the way he still had the habit of licking his lips.
Also Hermione-Bellatrix was REALLY well done, I loved the way she seemed unsure, and how she kept stumbling in her high heels. :D

snapes_witch August 20th, 2011 9:14 pm

Re: Polyjuice actors
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Nielo (Post 5841720)
In the books, I never pictured everyone keeping their own voices though, so that really confused me in the beginning.

Stands to reason you'd have the voice of the polyjuiced person -- you'd have their vocal chords. Sometimes the decisions of the movie people are puzzling to me. On the other hand it would be confusing if we didn't hear Harry's and Ron's voices, wouldn't it?


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