The next Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, starts shooting in just a few days, and the film is loading up on new actors to take on new roles. George Harris, possibly most belovedly known to CHUD readers as Captain Katanga from Raiders of the Lost Ark, will be playing Kingsley Shacklebolt, an Auror (Dark Wizard catcher) working for the Ministry of Magic and a member of the titular secret society.
The film will also feature a newcomer – Robbie Jarvis, playing Harry Potter’s father, James, as a young man. There’s a scene where Harry travels back in time through Professor Snapes’ memories, and sees his parents as young people attending Hogwarts. It’s one of my favorite parts of the fifth book because Harry is confronted with seeing his father behave in ways that he never expected. People dismiss JK Rowling’s books out of hand because they’re aimed at a younger market, but I think it’s scenes like that one that lift the Potter books out of the fantasy kid-lit ghetto.