Ralph Fiennes/Voldemort in a garter belt...I'll just let that one sink in.



HERE'S a little-known (and terribly amusing) fact about Harry Potter's archnemesis, Lord Voldemort: The guy wore tights and garters under his flowing robes - the garb he wore as he went about trying to murder the boy wizard.

At the London press conference for the series' last instalment, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part 2, British actor Ralph Fiennes - who has portrayed you-know-who since the first movie in 2001 - revealed some juicy behind-the- scenes secrets.

Fiennes, 48, explained conspiratorially: "It was an irritating costume to wear. It was too long and, sometimes, I would trip over it... The gusset of the tights kept dropping between my thighs, and this made it very hard to walk with any kind of dignity."

Thus, a garter belt was employed to solve the problem.

"Sometimes, when the stunt team got too macho, I would tease them with my inner thigh," (YES PLZ) the actor, who appeared in movies such as The English Patient (1996) and The Hurt Locker (2009), added cheekily.

Thank you, Ralph. We'll never look at He-Who-Must- Not-Be-Named the same way again.

There must have been something in the air, for Fiennes and some of the cast members of the final movie of the Potter series - which has earned in a staggering $3.7 million at the box office since its release here last Thursday, and which is on track to earn US$1 billion (S$1.2 billion) globally - were insistent on sharing droll anecdotes with the press.

Veteran British actor Michael Gambon (who plays Albus Dumbledore) and Scottish actor Robbie Coltrane (Hagrid) frequently cut in with a funny quip here and there.

Gambon, 70, joked that while both he and Fiennes had taken "wand lessons" under the guidance of a male dancer, his resulting actions were certainly "more camp" than his colleague's.

Coltrane, 61, spoke about how Hagrid - the loveable giant of a caretaker - was worlds apart from his previous roles,which had him playing everything from "gangsters to prostitutes, transvestites and murderers".

"The great thing about playing Hagrid is that he is a thoroughly good man... It's the first time I've done that," he said with a smile.

And, while Alan Rickman, 65, may not have been present to look back on his time as dark-arts teacher Severus Snape, his contribution to the franchise - which is based on the books by J. K. Rowling - was far from overlooked.

In fact, Harry Potter himself (or, rather, actor Daniel Radcliffe) had high praise for the man's performance.

The 21-year-old gushed in a video interview: "It's the film performance of his career, and I think he should get nominations for Best Supporting Actor (at the Oscars for it).

"(His performance in the movie) is so touching, gut-wrenching and beautiful." Aww, you guys. We miss the Potter family already.

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That sexy muthafucka could be dressed as Dr. Frankenfurter and I'd still drop my panties in a heartbeat, ngl.

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