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Harry Potter hopefuls lose out to experienced actress


Thousands of hopefuls who auditioned for a part in the new Harry Potter film have been cast aside in favour of an experienced actress.

The role of Lavender Brown in The Half Blood Prince went to Jessie Cave - who can boast appearing alongside Helen Mirren in the movie Inkheart among her credentials.

Some 7,000 girls took part in the casting process.

The auditions were announced in July, at which point director David Yates said: ‘Normally I have all these casting agents sending me kids who have been to stage school and who come in tap-dancing and singing.

‘What we are looking for is someone natural and absolutely credible in their own right.’

Cave’s CV, published by her agent, lists tap-dancing as one of her skills.

The role of Tom Riddle in the film was also up for grabs from open auditions, with the winner yet to be announced.


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