Moaning Myrtle speaks

  August 20, 2003 at 12:35 AM ET
  Sano Orbis     Wizard News (via

Rising star Shirley Hendersonopens in new window gives an interview in The Scotsmanopens in new window about her many and varied film roles. The article discusses her role in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets specifically.

Yet, as I sit down beside the pony-tailed actress in the hotel's Queen’s Suite, I can't help seeing Moaning Myrtle, lisping and wisping her way around the confines of Hogwarts. And, while Shirley is far prettier in the flesh than she is in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, her girlish appearance makes it easy to see why she was cast as the schoolgirl ghost.

"I loved Harry Potter - but I thought it was crazy me getting a part in it," she says. "I didn't think I'd get it because she's a schoolgirl. It was great fun - when you're a ghost, you're flying through the air in a harness and it's quite physical. I'd never done any special-effects before."

Henderson was quite surprised to be playing the role of a schoolgirl, as she is 37 years old. She is currently picking up rave reviews for her part in the film Wilbur Wants to Kill Himselfopens in new window.


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