HOLLYWOOD — First, it staked its claim among Hollywood's most immensely successful franchises of all time. Then, it was announced that the final movie would be split into two. Last month, it was revealed that those two movies would be released in 3-D.
If you think you can't get any more excited for "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," think again. Because Helena Bonham Carter is ready to spill the beans on the upcoming films — and her info is more delicious than a bag of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.
"I do have lines in this one, which is good," laughed the veteran actress, who has become a standout as evil Bellatrix Lestrange in the films. "I only finished it a couple of months ago.
"I get to torture Hermione," Carter said when asked about her favorite scene, which revolves around an incantation that Bellatrix drops on Emma Watson's character just for fun.
"The best bit about being Bellatrix in this one is also because I got to pretend to be Hermione," she added of a pivotal scene that has the evil witch's identity being assumed by Harry's friend in order to gain access to Gringotts Wizarding Bank, which holds Hufflepuff's cup — and a part of Voldemort's soul. "Because Hermione takes polyjuice potion and gets to look like Bellatrix."
After J.K. Rowling wrote the scene in the final "Potter" book, the film series' producers were faced with a difficult question: Was it preferable to use makeup and CGI to make Watson look like Bonham Carter, or have the older actress act like the younger?
"Rather than put Emma Watson in a helluva load of make-up they just said, 'Now you go act like Hermione,' " Bonham Carter said of their decision. "That was fun, because I always wanted to be Hermione.
"It was great fun," she said of the scene. "[I was] looking at Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] and they were treating me as if I was 17."
The scene itself falls near the middle of the "Deathly Hallows" novel — but Bonham Carter's next statement might shed some important light on where the books will be split, a point on which the "Potter" crew have been elusive.
"I can't remember where they are going to cut," she explained, then remembered. "Yeah, [the scene is] definitely in the second one, because all of my stuff is in the second one. So you won't see me until 2011."
Part 1 of "Deathly Hallows" hits theaters this November; part 2 arrives in July of 2011. But don't worry, HBC fans — the delightfully dark "Fight Club" actress returns March 5 in 3-D as The Red Queen in Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland."