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UPDATED! Malkovich is NOT Voldemort! Plus a gushing review of Azkaban!!!

Published at: May 1, 2004, 12:31 a.m. CST by staff

The crusty seaman here with the real deal. Turns out BBC has gotten WB to comment (check here for the story!)and they've denied the rumor that John Malkovich is playing Voldemort. It honestly doesn't surprise me as IMDB ran with the whole "Mr. Bean" as Voldemort thing a while back. So, looks like I can still cross my fingers that Tim Roth or perhaps Jeremy Irons will step into Voldemort's evil booties!

Ahoy, squirts. Quint here with a couple of nice tidbits on the next two Harry Potter films. I've been a fan of these books since I was forced into them before a scheduled interview with screenwriter Steven Kloves when the first film was still shooting. Prisoner of Azkaban is arguably the best book in the series and I'm really excited to see that the early word is Alfonso Cuaron hit Azkaban out of the ball park.

Before we get to Red Whale's... enthusiastic review, I'd like to bring up the casting that I saw over at IMDB earlier today. According to IMDB's news section John Malkovich has been cast as Lord Voldemort in the currently filming HARRY POTTER AND THE GOBLET OF FIRE. I love this casting, even though I'll have to force Tim Roth's face off of Voldemort when I reread the books. What do you folks think?

Anyway, here's Red Whale with his rather odd look at a rough cut of PRISONER OF AZKABAN:

Red Whale here. First time sender, long time reader. Just caught a screening of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ( can we please have a title that's not so damn hard to spell?) I've never read the books, you know, because....well, because they're long as shit. But I've kinda liked the movies, was def. more excited about this one, though, cuz it's got a director who's cool, and isn't in love with Robin Williams.

Well, anyone, I dont' have kids so I took my nephew, who's 14, so I don't know if he's in the target age or not, but he loves HP.

Anyways, the movie starts off with Harry making his fat aunt even fatter, thus pissing off the Dursleys. So anyway, Harry's in trouble, and looks like he won't be able to go to Hogwarts, of course we know that's not the case, other wise this movie would be pretty lame. The beginning is pretty silly, but luckily it's also short and only gets better.

Luckily for Harry he gets picked up by this big purple bus (the Night Bus). So off to Hogwarts we go.

It's about this point that we leant that a prisoner has escaped from Azkaban, the magical prison. All of Hogwarts is abuzz. Especially Harry, Ron, and Hermione whp suspect that Sirius Black (aformentioned prisoner) is going to try to kill Harry.

Enough of the plot, which is actually a lot more adult than the previous movies., but we got better stuff to talk about. First off all, these kids have improved ten fold. Especially the kid who plays Hermione. And believe me, she'll be smokin' at 18. These kids actually make you believe they've been through these past few years. Harry is especially war-torn, feeling the weight of all this. There's a scene where Harry must protect Hermione that is actually touching.

The rest of the cast is pretty much the same as before, though Snape gets some much more deserved screen time, and the new Dumbledore is alright. He def. aint Richard Harris, but he does the job.

As for Cuaron, he makes the film. This film is an outright thriller. The movie starts out light but slowly the creepiness factor begins to, uh, creep in. And for the first time, we actually sense that we are in a magical world. He keeps his close-ups to a minimum and lets us just feast on the wonderful eye candy. It's all so freaking beautiful!

And terrifying. This is a kids movie? I mean, the stars are kids, but it's all pretty unsettling, especially these Dementors. They seem to be like Kryptonite to our young wizard Harry. It's kind of freaky to see these things roaming around what's supposed to be a school. Also, there's the required Quidditch match, which takes place in rain and is interrupted by the friendly dementors.

The end is pretty brilliant, even for me who hates time travel. And it's not the cop out that I felt the previous two films gave us. All in all, it's a cool movie I'd say right up there with LOTR. And Im sure HP lovers would probably argue its even better than that. Out.

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  • May 1, 2004, 12:36 a.m. CST


    by Fernwick_


  • May 1, 2004, 12:45 a.m. CST


    by WonderTwins

    Shape of a watering pot.... Form of, uhg, water! PLANT!

  • May 1, 2004, 12:45 a.m. CST

    LOTR was better

    by waq2009

    im kidding. i never read the books but the movies were good. hope this one is too.

  • May 1, 2004, 12:46 a.m. CST

    His voice would be excellent

    by 007-11

    He'll really have to slim down though. Like, Tom Hanks in "Castaway" thin. It's kind of obvious casting, but at least it will work.

  • May 1, 2004, 12:52 a.m. CST

    They're not really effing around with these casting choices, are

    by Terry_1978

    Though I'm somewhat surprised they didn't go for a Brit for old Tom Riddle, but this should be interesting to see nonetheless.

  • Of course this one is going to rule and be well received. It's the vocal favorite of fans and they got a fantastic director. But what will we do if the next one isn't up to snuff? Other than come here and bitch.

  • May 1, 2004, 1:07 a.m. CST


    by AlwaysThere


  • May 1, 2004, 1:19 a.m. CST

    He's not Voldemort...

    by Toons

    Uh, actually, Warner Bros. already denied the Malkovich casting thing...go to

  • May 1, 2004, 1:23 a.m. CST


    by Holly Golightly

    I am pretty surprised that they didn't choose a U.K. actor as well, for I thought Rowling wanted to keep it strictly a British cast. Hm, Malkovich was too good I guess. Heh, props to Darth Scarface for that quote. Totally fitting. Now about Rickman getting more screen time. FINALLY!!! YAY! and HOORaY! About Ra's Al Ghul, I'm a Watanabe fan, so I can't say much, but I don't particularly see Rickman in that role, not to say that he wouldn't be able to pull it off, cuz he would...w/ flying colors~ for Rickman is THAT cool. I could imagine both addressing Batman as "detective." Both will sound different but uniquely awesome! In the end, though, I don't want Rickman playing a Batman villain. Although I don't know how Nolan's movie is gonna turn out, Rickman deserves much more than putting on those funky eyebrows. Again, yay for snape!

  • May 1, 2004, 1:25 a.m. CST

    Scratch that!

    by Holly Golightly

    Read the post about Malk casting proved false on mugglenet. Scratch whatever I said on that subj.

  • May 1, 2004, 1:37 a.m. CST

    I've been thinking...

    by Belvis

    You know, I visit this site all the damn time, and it never fails to amaze me that Harry will put stuff on the front page that can be EASILY disproven on about 100 other web sites. You'd think that a guy with as many connections as the Big One has would be able to get some accurate info. Just a thought.

  • May 1, 2004, 1:52 a.m. CST

    Duh -- disproven!!!!!

    by Sweeper887 CBBC Newsround are now reporting that 'Warner Bros has killed off the rumor that actor John Malkovich will play Lord Voldemort in the Goblet Of Fire.' Very fast denial by Warner Bros & considering that the Daily Express was the paper to report this story first, I would take the movie length as rumor also.

  • May 1, 2004, 2:41 a.m. CST

    total BS review

    by elrechazao

    This guy hasn't seen anything....I love how he doesn't describe a single thing.

  • May 1, 2004, 3:39 a.m. CST

    smoking age here is actually 16

    by scrumdiddly

    for reasons passing understanding...that is all

  • May 1, 2004, 3:41 a.m. CST

    oh and yeah, plant..

    by scrumdiddly

  • May 1, 2004, 3:58 a.m. CST

    The best choice for Voldemort in my opinion

    by Greasycreasy

    is Terrence Stamp.

  • May 1, 2004, 5:01 a.m. CST

    Definitely no Richard Harris

    by Sepulchrave

    You're damn right, Michael Gambon is a hundred times the actor that that crusty old drunk was. On the one hand, Harris, who made three movies in the sixties and then spent the next thirty years garging in a hotel room. Or Gambon, the Singing Detective, Beckett and Lear. No contest.

  • May 1, 2004, 7:28 a.m. CST

    It's the Knight Bus, not the Night Bus(n/t)

    by Wungolioth

  • May 1, 2004, 8 a.m. CST

    Tim Roth

    by februari

    Hey, I'd never thought about Tim Roth as Voldemort... I think he'd have made a great Lupin, though. I'm not sure about David Thewlis as Lupin, I'm waiting till I've seen the film to pass judgement, but I'm a bit skeptical...

  • May 1, 2004, 8:34 a.m. CST

    "And believe me, she'll be smokin' at 18"

    by the G-man

    Aren't there enough attractive adult women out there right now that you can ogle?

  • May 1, 2004, 8:35 a.m. CST


    by Teko

    Kinda sad when adults can't handle kids books because they're LARGE.

  • May 1, 2004, 8:47 a.m. CST

    Jeremy Irons

    by MrMxyzptlk123

    Yeah, let's cast the guy who did such a brillant job the last time he played an evil sorcerer. Granted Goblet of Fire will be a little better done than the D&D movie, but if I flashback to Profion for even a fraction of a second during HP4's awesome confrontation scene with Harry and You-Know-Who my anger will be so intense I'll spontaneously develop incredible psychic powers which I'll then use to fight purse snatchers and terrorists. So maybe it's not that bad an idea.

  • May 1, 2004, 9:29 a.m. CST

    A Serious Black? Really?

    by TisketMaster

    Hollywood rarely gives us a serious black in a movie. Usually they're just relegated to the role of the humorous cut up, even when they're the lead and not the sidekick. Man on Fire and now Harry Potter...good year for serious black actors.

  • May 1, 2004, 9:51 a.m. CST

    Voldemort & Hermione

    by Itchy

    First, Hermione: admit it, she is smoking hot right now. And if she's causing a tingle in my pants at 13 or 14 or whatever she is, I just can't wait to see what developes. Here's hoping she's in Hairy Pooper and the Pees-on-her of Az-cock-ban in a few years. As for Voldemort, the only logical choice to play Voldemort? Michael Jackson. "Ron, stop teasing ! Harry, get me a tissue."

  • May 1, 2004, 10:34 a.m. CST

    John Malkovich will play Hans Frank quite soon...

    by SalvatoreGravano

    You shall see.

  • May 1, 2004, 11:49 a.m. CST

    "Arguably the best book in the series"?

    by Somebodyelse

    Or the WORST. 500 pages of no conflict, no plot, no resolution, no story-line progress; just new character introductions and improbable revelations.

  • May 1, 2004, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Alan Rickman

    by MC Lovecraft

    ...get's my vote. By Grapthar's Hammer, I will avenge you!!!

  • May 1, 2004, 12:10 p.m. CST

    John Malkovich has been cast as a new, Douglas Adams-created cha

    by Declan_Swartz

  • May 1, 2004, 12:44 p.m. CST


    by Aeglos Istarion

    I'm stunned into silence.

  • May 1, 2004, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Jonathan Crane for Voldemort!

    by Revolutions

    Azkaban is going to be great, you can just tell from the trailers and Oldman as Black come on! the first 2 films were good and each book gets even better so you know these movies will be classics if they make all 7 as well as they made the first 3. As far as who for Voldemort, i agree that it should be Tim Roth. he was up for Snape until he decided to work on that piece of crap Planet of the Apes so hopefully they'll consider him again for Voldemort. if not then maybe Cilian Murphy if he is going to do a kickass Scarecrow then maybe he can do the same for Voldemort!

  • May 1, 2004, 1:01 p.m. CST

    He turned down the Green Goblin because he has a snobbishness ab

    by Sith Witch

  • That way people would believe it was a bullshit review that anyone whose read the books/read articles could write in a half hour... The movie should still be good though.

  • In 10 years, "Harry Potter and the Satanic Witch of Deception" (which will be a serial-B cult horror flick sponsored by the Church of Satan), we'll finally be revealed that Harry Potter is the Antichrist and he`s gonna laugh at all the viewers who sheepingly followed his adventures since their childhood by telling that they were all fooled by Satan and he owns their ass like fucking slaves! And after that we will witness the biggest scatophilic party of all film history, and everyone`s heads will explose in the theater. And finally, after having directed a series of terribly flawed blockbusters, Peter Jackson will finally turn his back on Hollywood, vowing to never go out of Kiwiland again, and adapt "The Hobbit" to film, wich will be an immense success, again. Then at this time Hollywood will no longer be able to produce any blockbusters, David Lynch will take over what`s left of the film industry, and the Antichrist will be beaten to death by El Savior from the skies!!!

  • May 1, 2004, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Serious black actors....

    by andrew coleman

    Why not Samuel L. Jackson as Voldemort? I can only think of two movies with black bad guys and that is Live and Let Die (Classic) and Daredevil (Crap, except for crazy Colin Ferrel which made me laugh) so I think that is unfair and there needs to be more black actors so bring on Sammy Jackson as Voldemort!!!

  • May 1, 2004, 2:26 p.m. CST

    John Saxon IS Voldemort

    by ScreamingPenis

  • May 1, 2004, 2:46 p.m. CST

    seek help, people

    by greyspecter

    drooling after a thriteen-year-old girl? you guys are sick, seriously. go write posters for Jacko's next SUV dance saying "we've loved you since the Jackson 5, Mike, if you know what we mean." i'm encouraged by this review, having read the books several times and thoroughly enjoyed them, i still like Azkaban, though Phoenix was great too. hey man, if you can't read Harry Potter's 300 pages (the early ones, anyway) you need to go back to grade school and learn the values of an elementary education. oh, and no HP movie will ever TOUCH LotR so don't even make humor that way...

  • May 1, 2004, 2:53 p.m. CST

    and one other thing...

    by greyspecter

    i'm getting sick and tired of these messed-up TBs with the order all wonky and jumbled. GET WITH THE PROGRAM HARRY! it's your frickin' website after all

  • May 1, 2004, 3:04 p.m. CST

    John Malkovich is not You Know Who, but...

    by JackBristow

    ...that doesn't mean that he can't be. Seriously, what are they waiting for. John Malkovich as You Know Who sounds like the most natural casting decision in the world. He's about the right age for the character and he has that creepy demeanor that would be a slam dunk for He Who Must Not be Named.

  • May 1, 2004, 6:22 p.m. CST

    Throwing in my tuppence

    by BrashHulk

    "Azkaban" was the bridging novel between the first two and last two books in more ways than one. Rowling throws a decidedly more serious tone into the third book that provides a definite separation from the first two, just as the fourth book ,"Goblet", quickly breaks away from "Azkaban" and delves even darker, with "Phoenix" continuing that deep spiral. I was hoping that Cuaron would stay true to those currents, and it seems that he is, to which I say Bravo! Of course, I'm basing a great deal of this on a reviewer who, I hope, isn't as dim as his writing makes him seem to appear.

  • May 1, 2004, 6:23 p.m. CST

    And a little more....

    by BrashHulk

    I hope that the producers of the HP films are able to keep the current cast (if the cast wishes to stay) at least through the present run of books - and hopefully beyond, as the continuity of faces attached to these characters is very important for the films' continued success. The young actors may feel a bit stifled within these roles as they get older, but working steadily as a typecast actor beats sitting around being out-of-work. David Caruso and Sean Connery are just two actors whom the HP kids should speak with about the realism of the profession of acting. You think they actually preferred schlepping around to auditions after they gave up lucrative careers to pursue "the art" of acting. Rubbish! It's a job, so get up, go to work, and be wise enough to enjoy the fact that your job is a spot better than almost anyone else's on the planet.

  • May 1, 2004, 6:23 p.m. CST

    LOTR vs. HP

    by ginny_hpfan

    To whomever stated that HP will never touch LOTR, for shame! You are just too silly to admit that Harry Potter and co. could kick LOTR's but! This new Cuaron guy has changed around my favorite aspects of the books and in my opinion, totally screwed it up. But nonetheless, it will still always be better than Lord of the Rings by far. This person who did the review on the movie, by the way, is a total prat. Harry Potter is awesome and I don't like what Cuaron is doing to the movies. I don't like how much he let them change the slapping scene around and I hate that he changed the oh-so-perfect-already costumes to either those of "muggles" (which Ron is not even slightly) or a mutilated form of the school uniforms. I scoff at his work and I hate LOTR with a burning passion!!!!! HP will always be the best in my eyes, always.

  • May 1, 2004, 6:25 p.m. CST

    And finally....

    by BrashHulk

    And oh yes, I believe that John Malkovich would have played a decent Lord V, but now that the role seems open again, I believe that Terence Stamp would be an excellent choice. He is right about the same age as Gambon, Smith, and Rickman (his contemporaries in the story) and possesses the necessary gravitas for the role. Oh, and that voice. Perfection!

  • May 1, 2004, 6:32 p.m. CST

    This TB order is fuckin' wack

    by TheDevilsBidness

    Yo playa, a brutha cain't even keep up wid da conversational flow wid dis hacked up TB order. Wassup wid dat?

  • May 1, 2004, 9:32 p.m. CST

    'His Dark Materials'...

    by workshed

    ...will kick Potter's butt to high heaven. Just wait and see. Infinitely better books by the the world's (current) greatest writer of children/adult fiction, Phillip Pullman. If it's anything as marvellous as the stage version the film will seriously raise the bar for what we should expect to feed our kid's brains with. 'The Amber Spy Glass', for those of you who haven't read it, is a masterpiece for the ages. That Is All.

  • May 1, 2004, 10:26 p.m. CST

    Richard Harris WAS a good actor!

    by drakeavenue

    Hey everyone, did this Voldemort casting hoopla side-track you all into not seeing Sepulchrave's post saying Richard Harris was essentially a bad actor? How could anyone say such a thing? Both Harris and Gambon are (or were in Harris's case) fine actors. And I think the point this reviewer was trying to make was that Gambon doesn't come close to Harris's Dumbledore, though I am not saying it will be bad. I'm sure Gambon is very good.

  • May 1, 2004, 11:36 p.m. CST


    by greyspecter

    ginny, i am hoping and assuming you're refering to the books when you favor HP over LotR. i pray that is the case because if not, then i'm wasting my time even responding to you. the films...well, there's no comparison really. it would be like saying that Mafia! movie with Jay Mohr and Lloyd Bridges is better than the Godfather. PJ's masterpiece is unique in cinematic history, not only in scope and grandeur, but also in the detail and the fact that (in my humble opinion) it is the greatest film adaptation of any book ever written. HP the movies are okay, great sound track and visually neat but nothing to get awestruck over. as for the books, well, what can i say except that LORD OF THE RINGS IS THE CORNERSTONE FOR THE WHOLE FREAKING FANTASY GENRE! PERIOD! AAAHH! NO DISCUSSION. And most people forget that the book that started it all, the Hobbit, was a kids' book as well, and better than any HP book. my favorite kids series has to be the Chronicles of Narnia, an absolutely excellent set of stories from the master storyteller CS Lewis. there are all sorts of kids books that are great as well; A Wrinkle in Time comes to mind (Madeline L'Engle). the point being, if you really want to assert that HP is better than LotR, that's your perrogative. But you're wrong.

  • May 2, 2004, 1:57 a.m. CST

    You people are frightening

    by MrCere

    I am not even talking about the sexualizing of a pre-teen...........I am shocked how many people in the talkback are declaring that the first two movies were great. The first two HP movies were considered average at best by critics and fans over 16. Don't believe me? Why did the 2nd film drop significantly in $$? The first movie had moments but the second was as well done as if the director were reading a "how to make a movie" book as he went but had a giant budget and a competent DP. The second movie, in fact, bored me to tears. It was DOA. Not coincidently, the first two books were decent children's books, with the second one following the template of the first almost to the letter. However JKR made significant strides in the third book with writing skill and imagainative plotting and hopefully the film will grow similarly. There is great hope for the franchise. The casting was very good from the begining so all the tools are there to make a pretty damn good movie. My concern is how to adapt such a lengthy story into a digestible film. I hope the writing is sharp.

  • May 2, 2004, 3:43 a.m. CST

    pre-teen poontang

    by Mel

    Hey if you're going to be a pedo, at least have taste. 13 year old Peter Pan's Rachel Hurd-Wood smokes this bitch.

  • May 2, 2004, 12:45 p.m. CST

    I've never read the books, you know, because....well, because th

    by Charlie & Tex

    A perfect example of literacy (ot should that be illiteracy) rampaging across the western world. God help us all when text-english surpasses English as the norm...

  • May 2, 2004, 2:17 p.m. CST

    smoking hot at eighteen? she's smoking hot now!

    by lush

    Anyone catch that ABC Harry Potter 2 special, where they had the "kids" (that Weasly guy is really outgrowing the other two)talk about three, and I believe they had a new trailer? Hermione was way hot! Also, read Roger Eberts review of harry potter 2, he agrees. And that validates my point of view. VIVA EBERT

  • May 2, 2004, 3:47 p.m. CST

    Joe Don Baker IS Voldemort!!

    by ManosTHOF

    My guess is, he attacks Harry under the big buttery moon.

  • May 2, 2004, 6:18 p.m. CST

    John Saxon? How 'bout Michael Ironside!

    by Dr. Sid Schaefer

    Oh, you mean this isn't a Roger Corman production of Harry Potter? Too bad... I'd love to see a ten-million-dollar version. Strip away the CGI and really get into the character development.

  • May 2, 2004, 7:07 p.m. CST

    "Hermione" on SNL

    by The Pretzelman

    Did anyone see SNL last night with Lindsey Lohan and that Harry Potter sketch? Funny shit. "Harry, you don't still have that cloak of invisibility, do you?"

  • May 3, 2004, 2 a.m. CST

    Emma Watson's clit

    by Indiana Clones

    Just had to say that.

  • May 3, 2004, 2:09 a.m. CST

    Harry Potter vs LOTR

    by Indiana Clones

    Harry Potter is far superior to LOTR. Harry Potter is awesome. LOTR is not. LOTR sucks.

  • May 3, 2004, 3:35 a.m. CST



    Serious Black, You've got be kidding me!!!!! Sirius Black is the name of the villian in the Prisoner of Azkaban.

  • May 3, 2004, 4:39 a.m. CST

    Voldemort wish list

    by steve_buscemi

    If we're talking who should play the part, first off it *should* be a "British" actor (this includes Irish, Scot, S.African, Indian Brit, Aussie, Canadian) Secondly, age needs to be considered. Following the books' story arc and taking into account what would be the linear ages of the characters, Tom Riddle/Voldemort would be around 65-70 years old. However, Dumbledore by that formula would have to be about 100. That is why I've compiled two lists. One for older actors and one for younger actors. (The old guys outnumber the pups) Elderly Voldemort: Peter O'Toole Patrick Stewart Terence Stamp John Neville Ben Kingsley Christopher Lee Christopher Plummer Derek Jacobi Brian Blessed David Warner Ian McDiarmid Ian McKellen Brian Cox Anthony Hopkins Malcolm McDowell Younger Voldemort: Sean Bean Tim Roth Timothy Dalton John Lynch Sam Neill Rufus Sewell Dougray Scott Ralph Fiennes Liam Neeson

  • May 3, 2004, 5:10 a.m. CST

    Only one man can play Voldemort and let the series retain any cr

    by full_time_killer


  • May 3, 2004, 10:23 p.m. CST

    David Bowie for Voldemort!

    by ZeroCorpse

    You know you want it!

  • May 4, 2004, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Stop it with the HP vs LOTR thing!

    by Mushroom

    You are all immature losers! I'm an avid fan of the HP and LOTR books, and both are awesome; both plots are great and the characters are fantastic. What's up with you guys?! Why do you keep on biting each other's heads off?! I respect both books because they're terrific in their own unique way. Just a suggestion: why don't you guys READ both LOTR and HP first before judging the other? I'm sure that you'll eat your words. And stop showing the whole internet how juvenile you are, it's an embarrassment.