The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black
I think the movies failed a bit in their portrayal of the Black Family. None of the actors cast conveyed that aristocratic and haughty feeling I imagined the family having while reading the books.
Gary Oldman is a great actor, no doubt, but in this case I think his heart wasn’t really in it. He had a few good scenes but overall he didn’t seem like the energetic and adventurous man Sirius is supposed to be. He appeared mostly tired and sad. Now of course he was a bit depressed in the books too because of Azkaban and all that, but you could still see that he had joy and life in him.
Helen McCrory is also a great actress and a lovely woman but it seemed like she was given the role of Narcissa as a consolation prize for not being able to play Bellatrix and she wasn’t really suited for it. Her look didn’t work for me and she was too understated in her acting. She’s supposed to be desperate and worried about her son and she seemed almost cool about it, from what I remember.
The portrayal of Bellatrix I can’t even… the problems with her have been pointed out in other posts on this blog and elsewhere so I won’t repeat them. There’s just no aristocratic vibe or poise to her. The actress is playing Alecto Carrow, imo, with all that childish thuggishness.
I’ve always thought the Blacks were sort of like the Lannisters of the Potterverse. The actor playing Jamie would have made a great Sirius and Lena Headey could work as either Narcissa or Bella. Not saying that they should have cast those actors specifically, it’s just an example of the vibe that I was looking for and that the movie!Blacks didn’t really have.
(vi a walnutwand )
Very interesting point about Helena Bonham Carter and Alecto Carrow! I also thoroughly agree than Lena Headey would have made a fantastic Narcissa.