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Last night saw the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in New York, with thousands of teenagers mobbing the young stars. However, it's far from all fun and no work for the makers of the wizardly films – they're hard at work casting the next instalment in the franchise.

David Heyman, one of the producers of the film, told CBBC's Newsround programme some casting tidbits for the fourth film in the series. Brendan Gleeson, currently cuckolded in Troy as Menelaus, King of Sparta, will play Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher Mad Eye Moody, while British actress Frances de la Tour will play Madame Maxime, Headmistress of French wizarding school Beauxbatons. De la Tour is best known for her role in 70s sitcom Rising Damp, but has an impressive list of television credits and a nice line in Agatha Christie films.

It's another two additions to an already-impressive cast list. Readers of the books will know that Mad Eye plays an important role in the story, and Madame Maxime will prove important to one of the established characters in the script. We expect Gleeson in particular to be even better than usual in this role – not only did he appear in a film with Daniel Radcliffe before (2001's The Tailor of Panama) but he worked as a teacher in a secondary school until he quit to become an actor at the age of 34. Having taught real teenagers, mere wizards can hold no terrors for the fab Northern Irish character actor.

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