Just when you thought they were finished casting for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, another round of names was thrown into the hat. According to reports, the character of Bellatrix Lestrange will be played by Helena Bonham-Carter, instead of Helen McCrory. Supposedly, McCrory is pregnant and, by the time her scenes are ready to be shot, the woman will be way too big to play the part. Personally, I dig Bonham-Carter and am glad Tim Burton let her sneak away to do another film.
In other Potter casting news, Apple Brook will play Professor Grubbly-Plank and Jason Piper will take on the Bane of Centaur. The roles of the young Marauders are as follows: James Walters as Young Sirius, James Utechin as Young Lupin and Alec Hopkins as Young Snape. Oohh, but as this news comes to us, there's also a little Book 7 talk too. Apparently, Bloomsbury publishing director Liz Calder announced that the last and final Harry Potter chapter will hit shelves in 2007, contrary to reports that J.K. Rowling would play the ultimate practical joke and wait 40 years before releasing the book. Calder also confirmed that this will indeed be Potter's last adventure, but did not rule out Rowling writing other, non-Potter related books for them.