Forget the Harry-Hermione-Ron love triangle.
Throughout its ten years and eight films, many high-caliber British actors joined the Harry Potter franchise, including these three actors:
Kenneth Branagh – Gilderoy Lockhart in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Emma Thompson – Sybill Trelawney in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2
Helena Bonham-Carter – Bellatrix Lestrange in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2
Emma and Helena portrayed sisters in the devastating Howard’s End.
Ken and Emma were married from 1989 to 1995. They appeared in many films together, several of which Ken directed.
Emma is so cutting in Much Ado About Nothing (see clips here) and so adorable as the French princess in Henry V.
Then Ken and Helena starred in Frankenstein (Ken directed) in 1994 and Ken divorced Emma.
Ken and Helena were in a relationship for several years and starred in The Theory of Flight together. But Ken ended up marrying Lindsay Brunnock, whom he met through Helena.
(there are tons of pictures where Greg is hugging Emma and making sure she is the star of the photo—what a gentleman!)
S&S also featured Alan Rickman, who portrays the fascinating Severus Snape in Harry Potter.
Meanwhile Helena found an excellent match with Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton.
She has had the most interesting film career: one of my favorite films ever is the Venice-tastic The Wings of the Dove, for which she deserved the Oscar (Helen Hunt? REALLY?). In that film, Michael Gambon (who portrays Albus Dumbledore post-Richard Harris in Harry Potter) plays her father.
And the closing theme in the trailer? From Henry V.
Maggie Smith, who portrays Minerva McGonagall in Harry Potter, was Helena’s disapproving cousin in the Florence-tastic A Room With A View, a film I consider to be Merchant-Ivory’s best.
So far Emma and Helena have avoided being in the same scenes in Harry Potter. Will Trelawney and Bellatrix show up in the same frame at the climactic battle of Hogwarts? Hm.