How Harry Potter changed my life: part 3

Tom Felton, Helena Bonham Carter, David Tennant and more talk to RT

Pam Ferris
Marge Dursley


“In order to play Aunt Marge in The Prisoner of Azkaban I had to learn how to inflate myself and float up into the sky like a helium balloon. This has really changed my life – I am now offering scenic flights along the south coast.”

Tom Felton
Draco Malfoy

“I was head over heels when I got the part of Draco, but I never imagined in a million years we’d be here 11 years later still talking about it. At that age, you don’t really grasp what you’re getting yourself into! I didn’t know who Gary Oldman or Michael Gambon were. I think I actually met Gary Oldman two times before realising that he’s an actor. I thought he was taking people on studio tours!”

Jason Isaacs

Lucius Malfoy

“Most of the time I like to try and disappear into work. I don’t care how many people watch something or how well it goes down. I just want to make the thing feel fulfilling for me. But with the Potter films it’s different. Everywhere you go in the world people know what they are. They’ve seen them and loved them; they’re thrilled to meet you. The buzz and excitement that goes through kids when you sign something and they have it laminated and keep it under their pillow has been the gift that keeps on giving.”

Timothy Spall

Peter Pettigrew (“Wormtail”)

“Going into make-up in the morning to have my ratty ears, hairy warts and scabby wig put on was a relishable experience. The skilful and lovely hair and makeup artists were brilliant. Plus in all the other rooms around the department there was a gallery of Britain’s finest acting talent of all ages shapes and sizes – you were never more than 5ft from a dame, knight of the realm or Oscar-winning genius having a false eye, enormous beard or violet contact lenses applied. All this and much more expertise combined to create films that have entertained and beguiled audiences around the globe.”

Helena Bonham Carter

Bellatrix Lestrange

“I love the number of children I meet who are captivated by it, all of whom think I’m terrifying because I play Bellatrix. How amazing of JK Rowling to have captured their imagination. I actually thought of turning down The King’s Speech – although I loved it and the story was worth telling – because I was also doing Harry Potter and didn’t want to work 24/7, which is what was required. As it turned out Bellatrix was a nice contrast to the Queen Mother.”

Helen McCrory

Narcissa Malfoy

“I nearly missed out altogether. I was originally going to play Bellatrix, but I kept getting pregnant and I don’t think they felt the world was ready for a large, pregnant witch. So I joined it late but it was like being welcomed into a family – and what a family! One minute, Michael Gambon [Albus Dumbledore] would be telling me about the first time he met Laurence Olivier; the next, Ralph Fiennes [Voldemort] would be describing his directing debut Coriolanus; and then we’d all troop to Robbie Coltrane’s trailer for coffee.”

David Tennant

Bartemius “Barty” Crouch Jr


“Getting the call to be in The Goblet of Fire was like being welcomed into the most exclusive upper circle of some elite actors’ club. You sit on set with the cream of the National Theatre and the RSC, all clutching wands or wearing witches’ hats.”