Throughout her career, Helena Bonham Carter has played her fair share of memorable characters. However, her portrayal of the infamous Bellatrix Lestrange is among the best known. The actor brought the sadistic witch to life with impeccable execution. Most of the time, she really enjoyed playing someone who was so deliciously evil. However, there was a Harry Potter scene that was apparently really uncomfortable for Carter.
Helena Bonham Carter Enjoyed Playing a Villain in the ‘Harry Potter’ Movies
Carter shared that he enjoyed playing Bellatrix because the dark witch was uncontrollable. Although she was relentlessly loyal to Lord Voldemort, her status and power gave her tremendous freedom. Playing a villain seemed to be something the actor really enjoyed. But the exception to this rule seemed to come in. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 1when his character was tasked with torturing Emma Watson’s character.
Why Bellatrix tortures Hermione at Malfoy Manor in the seventh film
Fans will remember that in the penultimate Harry Potter movie, Harry, Ron and Hermione are captured by robbers. Instead of being taken to the ministry, they are taken to Malfoy Manor. When the Malfoys search them, they find the sword of Gryffindor, which is supposed to be in Bellatrix’s vault at Gringotts Wizarding Bank. Determined to find out how Hermione got her hands on the sword, Carter’s Bellatrix tortures Watson’s Hermione with a knife.
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In a magazine interview, Watson revealed that the torture scene was difficult for her and Carter to film. In fact, the Noah actor shared that the Alice in Wonderland actor did not like to pretend to torture her. Apparently filming the scene brought some intense emotions to both artists.
Carter Didn’t Like Having To Pretend To Torture Emma Watson In ‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1’
“It was really weird doing that scene,” Watson shared in an interview about the torture scene she shared with Carter in the seventh. Harry Potter movie. “It was pretty awful. I think even Helena told me afterwards, she said, ‘I really didn’t like doing this. I really don’t. She usually gets involved a lot with this kind of evil stuff, but I think she felt quite uncomfortable.”
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While the scene was uncomfortable to film, it was actually something Carter and Watson helped create. While they could have gone with Bellatrix torturing Hermione using the Cruciatus Curse, they opted to have Bellatrix carve the “Mudblood” slur into Hermione’s arm using a knife. In the aforementioned interview, Watson explained why they chose to go this route.
Carter and Watson had a unique idea for the torture scene
“But actually, the idea of the mudblood wasn’t something that was written into the script,” Watson revealed. “It’s something Helena and I came up with. Well, if she’s just casting a spell on me… I mean, obviously, I can make it look like it’s painful, but I think it would be really powerful to have something that the audience could physically see. So the ‘mudblood’, we created the mudblood”.
Clearly Carter and Watson invested a lot of time and energy into the Bellatrix-Hermione torture scene. And while the scene wasn’t pleasant to shoot, we’re sure most Harry Potter fans will agree that it was visually impactful.
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