Belfast Telegraph

Monday 20 October 2014

Villain Voldemort in a tights spot

Harry Potter star Ralph Fiennes said he was relieved to get rid of the irritating costume he had to wear while playing Lord Voldemort

Harry Potter villain Ralph Fiennes has revealed he could not wait to take off Lord Voldemort's robes.

The Oscar-nominated actor, who portrayed the Dark Lord during the film series, said he hated the character's heavy robes but wearing stockings brought him some light relief.

"It was an irritating costume to wear - it was too long and sometimes I would trip over," he said.

Ralph, 48, said he decided to don tights in an attempt to make the outfit more comfortable.

"I started off wearing tights and the gusset would flap down between my thighs, which made it uncomfortable to walk and move around. So I told the costume designers I had to cut the tights and turn them into garters at the top.

"I enjoyed wearing the garters." he said. "Sometimes when the team were getting too much, I would lift up the robes and tease them with my inner thighs."

Ralph was speaking at a publicity event for the final Harry Potter film, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2, ahead of the world premiere in Trafalgar Square on Thursday night. Some 22 cast members, including Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Michael Gambon, were at the newly-refurbished St Pancras Renaissance London hotel and were joined by around 250 reporters.

Daniel Radcliffe, who plays Harry Potter in the films, could not attend due to Broadway theatre commitments but a pre-recorded question and answer session was screened. "I am so thrilled with the film. It's light years ahead of the other films in the series," he said in the interview. "This is the best film we have ever made. I am glad to go out on this positive note."

Emma told how playing Harry's sidekick Hermione Granger had changed her life. "Hermione's been like my sister. She feels so real to me," the 22-year-old actress admitted. "I will miss being her. That is devastating. She has pushed me and made me a better person."

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 opens in cinemas on Friday, July 15.

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