LOS ANGELES – Helen Mirren is strangely absent from the Harry Potter film series, which proved to be close to a full-time job for Britain’s actors. But she has found her own way into its magical world.
Dame Helen, as the Oscar-, Emmy- and Tony-winning actress, makes her debut as a quiz host with “Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses”. The weekly series in four parts begins at. 20.00 EST Sunday on TBS and Cartoon Network.
In episode one, contestants representing Gryffindor and Hufflepuff house trivia questions about JK Rowling’s novels that have become films, in an attempt to claim a championship trophy and prizes.
Mirren left the plug to the players and is not worried about being a beginner in a games show.
“I can definitely play a strict host,” she said bluntly in an interview with the Associated Press.
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Mirren’s willingness to take on something else should not raise her eyebrows. She is celebrated for her royal roles – including “The Queen”, “Elizabeth I” and “Catherine the Great” – but also counts the Fast & the Furious film series among her various credits.
Her return to a cartoon-based project is imminent: She plays a mythological goddess in “Shazam! The Wrath of the Gods.” The Mirren’s baptism in the genre came with the movie “Red” and its sequel.
Mirren’s admiration for the Harry Potter series is true.
“I’m always ready for a bit of an adventure. Of course, it’s also a wonderful subject and, at a great time, the 20th anniversary (for ‘The Sorcerer’s Stone,’ the first Potter movie),” she said. “And the very fact that I was never in a Harry Potter movie – to my annoyance, I might add. It was a great way to be able to participate in the whole extraordinary phenomenon that is Harry Potter.”
Mirren has been open about her feelings about never being outside the film series. “I actually never got to star in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies. I do not know why,” Mirren told Access Online earlier this week, adding jokingly: “I’m pretty sorry, quite frankly.”
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The franchise’s first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” which premiered in the United States on November 16, 2001, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. Stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Tom Felton and more from the Hogwarts gang will travel back to the magic school with filmmaker Chris Columbus for an HBO Max special to celebrate the magic milestone.
HBO Max announced the retrospective special, “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts,” last week, commemorating the anniversary. The thesis arrives on January 1 and offers in-depth interviews and cast interviews and provides a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the franchise, according to a press release.
HBO released a teaser trailer for the thesis, where we see flashbacks from the Harry Potter movies and hear Albus Dumbledore’s voice say, “Mysterious thing, time. When in doubt, I find it wise to start going back in my steps. “
Mirren told the AP that she remembers, “when the whole Harry Potter world began to rise. The most magical thing is the way the books were transferred from hand to hand among children, and adults kind of knew nothing about it. It was not. .as if it was released with great fanfare.Many of the people who have to compete (in the show), they will be in their 20s, 30s, 40s, but they will have previous experiences with Harry Potter as a child . “
To take on the host concert, Mirren said she “thought I would just play it by ear and be as natural as I could. I’m personally very excited about it, so hopefully I will communicate it. I’ll probably be just as nervous as the participants themselves, and I will try to hide that. “
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Starring: Rasha Ali, USA TODAY; Associated Press