“Helena Bonham Carter has played the romantic Lucy Honeychurch in A Room With a View,
Bellatrix LeStrange in the Harry Potter films,
and Queen Elizabeth in The King’s Speech, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. As she and Branagh have been friends for years, the casting process was simple: ‘Ken texted me and said, ‘Would you like to play the fairy godmother?[ It sounded like a good idea, and it was as simple as that.
” ‘Playing the fairy godmother was fun, but it’s a bit like reinventing the wheel: You think, ‘Why did she make a carriage, and where does she get the mice and why should it be a pumpkin?’ she reflects. ‘I came up with the idea that she might not be a totaly efficient fairy godmother. They’re late for the ball and sh’s incredibly old, so she’s not quite with it mentally.
” ‘I started off as an old beggar woma; it took them four hours to make me look about a thousand years old,’ she continues. ‘It took about five hours [Solomon, p. 124] to make me look like a fairy godmother. She’s basically what a five-year-old would think is a perfect fairy godmother–which might not be what everybody else thinks is perfect.’ ” Solomon, A Wish Your Heart Makes, pgs. 123-24.