Helena Bonham Carter talks more about Deathly Hallows, confirms split to take place before Malfoy Manor?

Earlier today we told you about an interview with Helena where she discussed her role in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

Now, a new interview with MTV (primarily to promote Helena's upcoming role in Alice in Wonderland) offers us even greater details from the actress. Most notable is her mention of the Deathly Hallows split occurring before the Malfoy Manor scenes. This, after many fans speculated it would happen directly after. From MTV's report:

“The best bit about being Bellatrix in this one is also because I got to pretend to be Hermione,” she added of a pivotal scene that has the evil witch's identity being assumed by Harry's friend in order to gain access to Gringotts Wizarding Bank, which holds Hufflepuff's cup — and a part of Voldemort's soul. “Because Hermione takes polyjuice potion and gets to look like Bellatrix.”

After J.K. Rowling wrote the scene in the final “Potter” book, the film series' producers were faced with a difficult question: Was it preferable to use makeup and CGI to make Watson look like Bonham Carter, or have the older actress act like the younger?

“Rather than put Emma Watson in a helluva load of make-up they just said, 'Now you go act like Hermione,' ” Bonham Carter said of their decision. “That was fun, because I always wanted to be Hermione.

“It was great fun,” she said of the scene. “[I was] looking at Dan [Radcliffe] and Rupert [Grint] and they were treating me as if I was 17.”

The scene itself falls near the middle of the “Deathly Hallows” novel — but Bonham Carter's next statement might shed some important light on where the books will be split, a point on which the “Potter” crew have been elusive.

“I can't remember where they are going to cut,” she explained, then remembered. “Yeah, [the scene is] definitely in the second one, because all of my stuff is in the second one. So you won't see me until 2011.”

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