Walter Mencken 9:52 a.m., Oct. 27
Lord Voldemort: A Retrospective
Well, given the fact that Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 earned all the movie money ever for all time last weekend, it hardly seems right to let Monday past without making some mention of The Boy Who Earned.
Lord Voldemort, the Potter nemesis whom some of you may know as English actor Ralph Fiennes, has been having a bit of fun with the press to celebrate the series' end. Recently, Salon.com's Drew Grant decided to have a bit of fun with Voldemort, imagining his life if he had turned down the Role of a Lifetime and wound up like Sir John Gielgud instead of like Sir Obi-Wan ("Alec Guinness") Kenobi.
We think it's hogwash. No one will ever forget Voldemort's electrifying breakthrough performance in Schindler's List, where he gave a frightening humanity to murderous Nazi Amon Goeth.
And who could help but swoon over He Who Must Not Be Named as he played a man who sacrifices everything for love in The English Patient?
Following those mainstream successes, You-Know-Who was free to pursue more intimate projects, such as Neil Jordan's remake of The End of the Affair, a film that explored one man's hatred for the God who robs him of his beloved.
Even after beginning his star turn as himself in the Harry Potter series, Mr. V could be found appearing on art-house screens in such highbrow fare as The Reader, opposite thinking-man's sex symbol Kate Winslet.
Now, with the series coming to a close, Lord Voldemort is ready to make a new name for himself as Hades, Lord of the Underworld, a role he will reprise in Clash of the Titans 2, coming in 2012!
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