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‘Harry Potter’ Reunion: Jason Isaacs Didn’t Audition for Lucius Malfoy for a Good Reason

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Lucius Malfoy is so evil that even the actor who played him in the Harry Potter saga didn’t want to be Lucius Malfoy. During the Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts reunion special, which premieres Jan. 1 on HBO Max, actor Jason Isaacs revealed that he didn’t mean to audition for the role of Draco Malfoy’s scary and militant father. In fact, he was actively against playing the role at first. “I’m convinced I ended up playing Lucius because I didn’t want to,” he said.

Isaacs admitted that he auditioned for Gilderoy Lockhart, the lovable Hogwarts professor, but director Chris Columbus asked him, “That was great, would you mind reading a different part?” When he found out that he needed to read for Lucius, Isaacs was hesitant, as he was already cast as Captain Hook in 2003’s Peter Pan. “I thought, ‘Well, I don’t want to play two children’s villains’,” he said. Ironically, his contempt for the audition won him the role. “I read through gritted teeth, deeply bitter, and of course, that’s exactly what was necessary and they asked me to play Lucius, and thank God they did,” he recalled. The part of Gilderoy went to Kenneth Branagh.

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Lucius is far from the only villain in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and he serves a much greater purpose than just scaring young students (and viewers): “The point of him being in the story, to me, is to explain why Draco was such a horrible, heartless, sadistic bully at school,” Isaacs said. As actor Tom Felton put it, Harry Potter’s enemy Draco “is a product of his parents, and he’s got really bad parents.”

During the reunion special, the actors opened up about working with each other as onscreen father and son, with Felton calling Isaacs a “Jekyll and Hyde” of sorts. “Working with Jason was a real treat,” he said. “In fact, working with Jason was not always a treat … He would be this evil father, then they would say cut and he would come and give you a cuddle and go, “Did I hit you too hard?’”

Isaacs recalled the very first scene that he shot for Harry Potter, which established just how scary he could be, especially for a young Felton. “Draco touched something and I used this cane and I went, ‘Don’t touch anything, Draco,’ but I didn’t know how sharp the teeth were,” he recalled. “They went right into little Tom’s hands, and he looked up at me and his eyes welled with tears. I went, ‘Tom, I’m so sorry, I didn’t realize how sharp they were and how heavy it was,’ and he went, ‘Oh no, it’s alright, it’s good for the scene.’” The scene didn’t make the final cut of the first film and was simply left as a deleted scene on DVD.

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‘And Just Like That’ Episode 9 Outfits Are Perfectly Impractical

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The best outfits seen on episode nine of “And Just Like That,” a “Sex and the City” reboot.

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The Best Memes & Tweets About the UK Government’s ‘Partygate’

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In December 2021, news broke that a series of alleged staff parties and lockdown breaches had occurred within Downing Street and Whitehall offices during the height of lockdown. In the weeks following, it’s been almost impossible to avoid the increasing amount of headlines and buzz regarding what is now being dubbed “partygate”.

The ongoing scandal has so far led to the resignation of former government advisor, Allegra Stratton, after a video in which she joked about a Downing Street Christmas party was leaked to the press.

Since then, things have only gotten worse for Boris Johnson and the Conservative Party. Downing Street and Whitehall have been accused of hosting No. 10 garden drinks in May 2020, hosting two parties on the eve of Prince Philip’s funeral in April 2021, and hosting multiple leaving-dos for Downing Streets aides and advisors, among other alleged parties. That’s a lot of parties…

More recently, ITV News reported that around 30 people attended a birthday event for the Prime Minister in June 2020. Downing Street later admitted the gathering took place — and this latest revelation will likely form part of the ongoing investigation into parties in No 10 during lockdown, which is being lead by the senior civil servant, Sue Gray, BBC reports.

Per The Guardian, the scandal has not gone down well with some Conservative MPs, many of whom are reportedly planning to send letters of no confidence in Boris Johnson — which could see him ousted from his position as Prime Minister.

Naturally, social media has had a lot to say about the “partygate” scandal. Tweeting in response to one Tory MP’s claim that Johnson was “ambushed with a cake,” culinary queen Nigella Lawson wrote, “Ambushed by Cake: it just has to be the title of my next book! #AmbushedByCake.”

Others were quick to join in with their own hilarious takes. The Scotsman correspondent, Alexander Brown, joked, “Have you been ambushed with a cake that wasn’t your fault? You may be entitled to compensation.”

Meanwhile, in response to reports of Downing Street staff filling a suitcase with wine, the official Co-op account tweeted, “I’m afraid we don’t sell wine by the suitcase. Only by bottle. If you want to bring your own suitcase feel free.”

Here are some more of the funniest memes and tweets from across the internet about ‘partygate’.

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Mel C Memoir ‘Who I Am: My Story’: Release Date, Pre-Order & What to Know

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Despite previously saying fans would have to wait until she was 80-years-old for an autobiography, Mel C – otherwise known as Melanie Chisholm – is finally set to share her spiced up world with readers this autumn. Taking inspiration from her 2021 single “Who I Am”, Chisholm’s Who I Am: My Story will cover everything from her days as Sporty Spice and her successful career as a solo artist, as well as her experiences with mental health and “the difficulty of finding yourself when the whole world knows your name.”

Set to hit bookshelves on Sep. 22, 2022, you can pre-order Who I Am: My Story from Waterstones for £20 and WHSmith for £16 – both of which include a signed edition of the book. You can also pre-order the Kindle edition from Amazon for £10.39. Who I Am: My Story will also be available as an audiobook.

“It’s taken a long time to feel ready to tell my story,” Chisholm said in a statement. “The last few years have given me an opportunity to reflect on the incredible career I’ve had and the huge obstacles I’ve managed to overcome.” The singer has been very open about her experiences with mental health – particularly depression, body image, and an eating disorder – which occurred frequently during the height of her success in the Spice Girls and as a solo artist.

I had everything I’d ever dreamed of, and was desperately unhappy,” as she told The Guardian in 2020. “It’s often forgotten that people in the public eye are human.”

Chisholm has had years of retrospection, including becoming a mum for the first time as well as returning to the world stage with the Spice Girls in 2019. “I’ve really enjoyed going back and reminding myself of the wonderful journey life has been so far,” the artist said. “I’m very excited to share my experiences with you all.”

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