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cultural vandal | by maryann johanson

a little bit of David Tennant: ‘Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire’

This was my first exposure to David Tennant, at least that I can recall in hindsight. And I recall this because when I heard who had been cast to replace Christopher Eccleston in Doctor Who, the first thing I did was run screaming to my BFF and Doctor Who pal Bonnie and say, “Ohmygod, you’ll never guess who it is? That slithery guy who played Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter! Gross!”

Looking back now, of course, with the full knowledge of what an extraordinary actor Tennant is, I can see that the “problem” is that he’s so damn good that his Barty is so damn disgusting. I mean, eww:


It’s really too bad he appears in only three scenes (though, of course, Barty-in-disguise as Brendan Gleeson appears throughout the film). I remembered only two scenes before I rewatched the film the other day — the trial:

and the bit in which Mad Eye Moody is revealed as Barty under the influence of magic (the eww photo above is from that scene). I’d forgotten that it’s Barty who casts the Dark Mark in the sky above the campgrounds of the quidditch World Cup:

And what wicked fun he appears to be having at the job.

I’ve noticed recently, as Daniel Radcliffe has gotten older, a striking resemblance between him and Tennant, and it’s been suggested that Tennant would be perfect to play the grown-up Harry in the epilogue of the last film. I don’t see why Tennant couldn’t pull that off, even given that he’s already appeared in the series. He looks so different in every role that I bet only us crazy Tennant-philes would even realize it’s the same actor.

Not suitable for:

• no one; c’mon, who doesn’t like Harry Potter?

David Tennant checklist:

• Scottish accent: no
• big hair: no
• nudity: no
• sex: no
• lots of tongue: yes
• alcohol/drugs/polyjuice potion: yes
• evil twitching: yes
• manic grinning: yes
• villain-chic wardrobe: yes

[my review of the film] [buy at Amazon]

[part of my “summer of David Tennant and ‘Hamlet’” series]

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