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  Lupin and innkeeper confirmed for Potter 3
Updated 22 January 2003, 18.40
David Thewlis with his girlfriend Anna Friel
CBBC Newsround can confirm that an important role in the third Potter film, Prisoner of Azkaban, has been taken by award-winning British actor David Thewlis.

Thewlis will play kindly teacher Professor Lupin - who has a mysterious secret.

You may have seen him in the recent mini-series Dinotopia, or the fantasy film Dragonheart.

He's also famous for dating former soap actress Anna Friel.

Jim, from his website
Jim, from his website
We can also tell you that Tom, the innkeeper at the Leaky Cauldron, will be played by bald comedian Jim Tavare.

Tavare knows Tom looks like a "wizened, toothless walnut," so we're guessing he's not too vain!

Sirius still not cast

But there's no firm news yet about who will play Sirius Black.

Actor Gary Oldman has been linked to the role.

But sources on the film told us that, as of Wednesday afternoon, no one had signed on the dotted line to play Sirius.

Filming will begin on Azkaban in the next couple of months, so we'll let you know as soon as we do!

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