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Tuesday, 7 November, 2000, 14:57 GMT
Walters joins Potter cast
Julie Walters
Julie Walters will play the mother of seven red-headed children
Actress Julie Walters is the latest big name to join the cast of the Harry Potter film, which is currently in production.

Walters will play the role of Mrs Weasley, the mother of Harry's best friend Ron, in the dramatisation of JK Rowling's first fantasy novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

The announcement comes less than two weeks after former Monty Python star John Cleese was also added to the cast.

The three young stars of the Harry Potter movie
Young stars (clockwise): Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe
The 61-year-old will play young wizard Harry's friend Nearly Headless Nick, also known as Sir Nicholas De Mimsy-Popington.

Walters, 50, is currently picking up rave reviews for her role in Billy Elliot, in which she plays a ballet teacher who encourages a young boy to continue his dancing against the background of the 1980s miners strike.

She was nominated for an Oscar and won Bafta and Golden Globe awards for her part in 1983's Educating Rita.

More recently, she has appeared on TV in her former comedy partner Victoria Wood's BBC sitcom, Dinnerladies.

Now she joins Cleese, Robbie Coltrane, Alan Rickman and Dame Maggie Smith in the movie, which is being filmed in various locations in the UK, including Gloucester Cathedral, which stands in for Harry's school, the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Young actor Daniel Radcliffe plays Harry Potter, an orphan who finds he has magical powers, and newcomers Rupert Grint and Emma Watson play his friends Ron and Hermione.

The film is due to be released in November 2001 in the US, where it will be known as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.

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