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Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Order of the Phoenix change of cast: As we might say in opera (e.g., when utility-baritone and announcement-maker Osie Hawkins would step before the curtain at showtime, and we'd all groan, b/c this means a change of cast): Mme. Helen McRory is indisposed. In tonight's performance of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the role of Bellatrix Lestrange will be played by Helena Bonham-Carter.

Yep, it's true. McRory is pregnant, and will be near term during the shooting of the Battle of the Ministry. Good on her for not doing what too many divas have done in order to keep a baby from interfering with an important gig. And good for Bonham-Carter, who was last heard flirting with Ralph Fiennes in Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.