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Helena Bonham Carter, an Oscar nominee for The Wings of the Dove, who most recently starred in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has joined the cast of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Bonham Carter will play Bellatrix Lestrange, Sirius Black’s cousin and a Death Eater, who is one of Lord Voldemort’s followers.

As Bellatrix Lestrange, Bonham Carter is only one of several newcomers to the Harry Potter film franchise, also including: Imelda Staunton as Dolores Umbridge; George Harris as Kingsley Shacklebolt; Natalia Tena playing Nymphadora Tonks; Kathryn Hunter in the role of Mrs. Figg; and 14-year-old actress Evanna Lynch, who plays Luna Lovegood.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix will be released in 2007.

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