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Why Is Ralph Fiennes So Protective Of Voldemort?

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By Emily Reily

He Can Do It All

Ray Fiennes is a terrific actor. He's achieved fame through several films, including the excellent The English Patient, the not-so-great Maid In Manhattan, and plenty of others.

Fiennes has played bad guys, too. He portrayed a Nazi war criminal in Schindler's List , and was a hitman boss in In Bruges, for example.

He's Mine!

One role Fiennes isn't prepared to say goodbye to is playing Lord Voldemort, the evil antagonist in the Harry Potter films.

Fiennes says he "will be very possessive of Voldemort," and apparently doesn't want anyone else playing him.

He's Got a Beef With Harry

Voldemort's full name is Tom Marvolo Riddle in J.K. Rowling's fantasy novels. Other characters won't utter Voldemort's name, instead calling him "He Who Must Not Be Named" or "The Dark Lord" or "You Know Who."

Voldemort is the final descendant of Salazar Slytherin, a wizard who, along with three others, founded Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. And Fiennes appears particularly attached to playing this iconic archenemy of Harry Potter.

A Different Kind Of Bully

Voldemort is different than other characters Fiennes has portrayed; he's much more complex.

Rowling says Voldemort is a bully: "Well I think it is often the case that the biggest bullies take what they know to be their own defects, as they see it, and they put them right on someone else and then they try and destroy the other and that's what Voldemort does."

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