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Fiennes dabbles in wand classes

Published 15/07/2011 | 10:00

Ralph Fiennes had wand lessons to play Lord Voldemort
Ralph Fiennes had wand lessons to play Lord Voldemort

Ralph Fiennes has revealed he needed wand lessons for his Harry Potter role.

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The Oscar-nominated star, who plays villain Lord Voldemort in the wizarding adventure films, had to undergo special classes with a trained dancer to learn how to move with the wand.

"Well, Michael Gambon and I had wand lessons - we had special wand coaching for two years," he said.

"Director David Yates brought in a young man, a dancer, who taught us different wand actions."

Ralph continued: "When I was first discussing the part I talked to the design department about creating a little hook, like a bird's claw on the end, so it could rest in an open hand, which I quite liked."

For the 48-year-old, best known for playing baddies like Nazi war criminal Amon Goth in Schindler's List, Red Dragon's serial killer Francis Dolarhyde and god of the underworld Hades in Clash Of The Titans, playing super-villain Lord Voldemort has been an unexpected pleasure.

"This has been a wonderful part to play, a high-definition villain, and I've loved it as much as I've loved working with everyone here," he said.

"I had an email from a man the other day, who is shocked at the narcissism of Voldemort, and I was disturbed. But mostly, I don't get recognised."

:: Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows - Part 2 opens in cinemas on July 15.

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