I was reading this article about Tim Burton’s film version of Sweeney Todd, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter when I was struck by this line:

Bonham Carter has happily ruled out acting projects for the near future (though she’ll return briefly as quirky prof Bellatrix Lestrange in next year’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”).

First, of course, is that everybody in those movies returns “briefly,” or not at all. Snape had like 2 minutes in HP5, Hagrid a little less, and McGonnagal had about 15 seconds.

But second and more to the point: “quirky?” Huh?


How about “demented,” or maybe “psychotic,” or “criminally insane?”

To call Bellatrix Lestrange “quirky” shows how the news media is incapable of calling a spade a spade. Good grief.

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