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Nighy To Join Potter's Deathly Hallows?
Rumoured that Bill plays Scrimgeour

01 July 2009  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  |  Source: The Independent

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Well, it's about time. The magical presence that is Bill Nighy will apparently be gracing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, according to a report in The Independent. The conjecture is that he'll play Minister of Magic Rufus Scrimgeour, on whom more below (spoiler-phobes, skip the following paragraph).

Scrimgeour succeeds Cornelius Fudge as Minister of Magic towards the end of The Half-Blood Prince and until he is killed in the course of the Deathly Hallows.  Scrimgeour tries to undo Fudge's mistakes by reaching out to Potter and attempting to co-opt him into the Ministry's anti-Voldemort campaign, but is rebuffed by Harry, who's understandably sick to the teeth of the Ministry's inconsistent attitudes. He is later placed under the Imperius Curse by Death Eaters and tortured for word of Potter's whereabouts, being killed when he refuses to co-operate - so he gets a rather heroic death in the end.

This is still a rumour, but as one of the few British character actors who hasn't appeared in Potter yet, Nighy's surely a shoo-in some sort of role - and he would not be a bad fit in the small role of Scrimgeour, who's described as looking like an "old lion" with bushy eyebrows, tawny hair, yellow eyes and wire-rimmed spectacles.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is out on July 15. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be released in two parts, in November 2010 and July 2011.


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RE: Deathly Hallows to be an 18?
You know that trying to pull April Fool's jokes after midday means the joke's on you, right? More

Posted by Neth at 14:04 on 01 April 2010 | Report This Post

Deathly Hallows to be an 18?
I don't know whats happened in the otterut somethings gone wrong! It seems that with just months before the release of the first part and the final post-production editing being done to the picture, the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) have already been given an advanced screening of the film, given by director, David Yates. Various sources online have given contrasting outcomes from the screening, with some saying that the film was unpresentable in it’s current stage and others More

Posted by Front Row Reviews at 14:00 on 01 April 2010 | Report This Post

Hugh Laurie or Rowan Atkinson should totally play Luna's dad...that would be ace. On another note Scrimgeour doesn't get put under the imperious curse- he just gets tortured. If he were under the imperious curse the torture wouldn't be necessary would it... More

Posted by kathryn0013 at 17:22 on 21 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
After watching Rise of the Lycans yesterday I loathe Bill Nighy More

Posted by MI Cruise at 00:55 on 03 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
L: matthew_farmer_uk rumours? i thought i heard about this last year....i remember him joking that he'd been cast as Scrimgeour purely because he was the only british actor not to have been in the series yet.... avid Yates has said (in July of last year) that he cut the character of Scrimgeour from the Half Blood Prince, but he has wanted Bill Nighy had the part had it stayed in the script. That's probaby what you're remembering. If the character is being introduced in Deathly Hallows, More

Posted by Histeria at 08:53 on 02 July 2009 | Report This Post

Billy as Scrimgeour
As much as I rate Bill Nighy I have always pictured Billy Connolly as Rufus Scrimgeour. He wouldn't even have to change his hair or voice! More

Posted by Richardnffc at 01:03 on 02 July 2009 | Report This Post

whoops
i meant nighy :) More

Posted by SINCITYISTHEBEST at 21:23 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

well...
i hope he has a scottish accent, or at least a tentacle beard bill nighty is claaaaaaaaaas :) More

Posted by SINCITYISTHEBEST at 21:22 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

rumours? i thought i heard about this last year....i remember him joking that he'd been cast as Scrimgeour purely because he was the only british actor not to have been in the series yet.... More

Posted by matthew_farmer_uk at 18:49 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

rumours? i thought i heard about this last year....i remember him joking that he'd been cast as Scrimgeour purely because he was the only british actor not to have been in the series yet.... More

Posted by matthew_farmer_uk at 18:22 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Plenty more British thesps to go around!!!
Where's Judi Dench and Helen Mirren...Rowan Atkinson, Stephen Fry, Hugh Grant and Liam Neeson. We need to get Judi and Stephen in!!!!! More

Posted by hglazier at 18:18 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

WRONG!
As a person that read The Half-Blood Prince twice i can't help, but to point out that the character of Rufus Scrimgeour is introduced in the first chapter of the Half-Blood Prince not towards the end. This isn't the first thing i noticed that they're changing for the movie. Steve Kolves (the screenwriter) is messing these books up to transfer them to the big screen. I just hope they don't mess the final book up. I'm really dissapointed how much they are changing in this one. By the way, Bill Nig More

Posted by DeathMag84 at 16:46 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Other actors...
L: DorianAsh ...who you would think would be in it from Britain or Ireland are Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Colm Meaney, Liam Neeson etc. How come they haven't? guessing they wouldn't use Fry as he has become the "voice" of the Harry Potter books already. Bill Nighy is definitely great news but I do agree that Hugh Laurie would be a good addition (don't know who though as I can't remember all the plot of Hallows More

Posted by Mrs.Doyle at 15:58 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Other actors...
...who you would think would be in it from Britain or Ireland are Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Colm Meaney, Liam Neeson etc. How come they haven't? More

Posted by DorianAsh at 14:00 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Already chose this...
I meant to say that I had already picked him to play this role back when half blood prince came out in book form. Pressed the enter button too damn early *d'oh!* More

Posted by Revstar at 12:50 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Already chose this!
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Posted by Revstar at 12:47 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Cool.
Yates always said that if he cast Nighy, it would be for Scrimgeour. He has also said that Scrimgeour isn't in the new films. However film is a fluid process, especially when adapting beloved books, so maybe he's back in - even if it's just a tease. Cool, Nighy brings class to anything. And he's got enough range to make this not "stunt casting." More

Posted by Mopictures at 11:42 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Is this character a seventies throw back then!
:-/ More

Posted by stevos at 11:23 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Yea, perfect casting, but when will Stephen Fry finally appear??? More

Posted by deano170 at 10:14 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Perfect casting, but he's only in it for a couple of scenes, then gets killed off-screen! More

Posted by The Tingler at 10:08 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

RE:
I think that would be near perfect casting, be interesting how big a role it will be, especially if (as i'm assuming) he's not featuring in Half-Blood Prince. More

Posted by dead_reckoning at 09:54 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Oh yeah!!! Fantastic!! More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 09:49 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

About bloody time.....
Fantastic news, Mr Nighy would be a wonderful edition to the cast of Deathly Hallows !!! Fingers crossed ! More

Posted by Gillhead at 09:36 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Good choice!
I really hope this is true, Nighy would be very good as Scrimgeour, he has a commanding presence and can pull off slightly sinister too I think. More

Posted by satanbob at 09:22 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

Oh please let it be so!!! More

Posted by nclowe at 09:11 on 01 July 2009 | Report This Post

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