Harry Potter fans, we have our Lavender Brown. Twenty-year-old actress Jessie Cave beat out approximately 7,000 hopefuls for the role in the sixth Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, scheduled for release in almost exactly one year, Nov. 21, 2008.
Cave's soon-to-be costars are delighted by the casting choice and hint that this sixth movie might be more funny ha-ha than the others:
[Rupert Grint] told CBBC's Newsround "I was involved with the Lavender Brown audition and the whole Lavender thing. Her name's Jessie and she is really cool and it's going to be really funny."
Co-star Emma Watson, who plays Weasley's friend Hermione Granger, added: "She seems really sweet and perfect for the role of Lavender. The casting is so good and I am looking forward to her scenes with Ron. I think it's going to be quite a comic film."
How cute are these kids? And I wonder how this Miss Jessie Cave feels about having to "snog" with her Weasley in the next installment!
In other Harry Potter casting news, Helen McCrory (The Queen, Becoming Jane) is set to play Narcissa Malfoy, Draco's mother and Bellatrix Lestrange's sister, who's played by Helena Bonham Carter. According to Reuters, the rest of the cast should be revealed soon, so stay tuned.