Ralph Fiennes Addresses Voldemort's Issues in 'Harry Potter'

October 10, 2008 06:32:42 GMT

The actor who takes on the ghoulish role of Harry Potter's nemesis in 'Harry Potter' franchise talks about his hesitation on committing to the part and the psychological background of Voldemort.

Ralph Fiennes Addresses Voldemort's Issues in 'Harry Potter'
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Having portrayed the villainous Lord Voldemort in two previous "Harry Potter" movies, Ralph Fiennes opened up about what he thinks of the pivotal character in the "Harry Potter" franchise. Talking to Variety, the 45-year-old confessed that he initially hesitated about the role, "I hesitated for a bit before committing to the role because it sort of requires you to personify evil, and I don't know how you do that."

The actor who has been seen as Voldemort in both "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire" and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" further analyzed the character as a rejected person, envying Harry for being loved. "I latched onto what was maybe crude psychology in working out Voldemort's obsession with Harry. Harry was loved by his parents, which Voldemort can't stand," he explained.

"He is, of course, a rejected person. It's quite basic: the rejected child who's emotionally been denied affection turns violent. You have to suggest there's more there, a life, a spirit, a mind. It isn't just a creepy voice and makeup. I always think you can find more in something. It's good to just keep asking questions until someone says cut."

Fiennes will be seen tackling the evil role for the third time in "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince". He is also expected to come back as Voldemort in the last two installments of "Harry Potter" films, "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I" and "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II".

Coming out on July 17, 2009, "Half-Blood Prince" will present the fans of J.K. Rowling's novel adaptation with the dark past of Voldemort, revealing the time he spends on an orphanage before Dumbledore takes him to Hogwarts. The Warner Bros. feature film is directed by David Yates and stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Michael Gambon and many others.


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posted by Harrypotter superfan on Aug 23, 2009
OMG!! Ralph fiennes plays a perfect voldemort!! He does it sooo well!! I think that voldemort is cool!!
posted by sochro on Dec 07, 2008
to Moose: you are correct, he's played evil characters before. but each of those characters actions were justifiable in some sick way. in red dragon he spared the woman he loved. in schindler's list he believed he was doing the right thing. lord voldemort truly is evil personified and it may have been more difficult as an actor to justify his choices. as an actor you need to be able to agree with the choices your character makes otherwise you can't make them with him believably. make sense?
posted by Moose on Oct 30, 2008
It's sort of weird that Ralph Fiennes states "I hesitated for a bit before committing to the role because it sort of requires you to personify evil, and I don't know how you do that," when he's played Amon Goeth in "Schindler's List" and Francis Dolarhyde in "Red Dragon" prior to taking the part of Voldemort!
posted by Tave on Oct 30, 2008
Ralph Fiennes plays the part of Voldemort soooo well, I never stopped to think that impersonating someone as evil as Voldemort would be hard. I mean when I see him on screen I see one of the most talented villians of all time!!! Man I can't wait to see more of him in the last few movies!!! HP RULES!!!
posted by cmpcapcop on Oct 15, 2008
can't wait till this movie comes out!!!!!
posted by Cafwen on Oct 10, 2008
Nice article... :p

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