Cornelia Funke praises the actors who bring her characters to life

“A writer is always nervous when a character comes to life on the screen who is especially close to one’s heart. Sometimes I have been especially lucky, as with Paul Bettany becoming Dustfinger (Inkheart) or with Aaron Johnson playing Prosper (The Thief Lord). Alexander Scheer who made Niklas Goodfellow come alive on a screen is another of these actors who make the writer smile and whisper: yes, there you are! And oh, you are as wonderful as I thought. Yes, the last Santa is alive and of course he has angels and Christmas gnomes…and an invisible reindeer! I think I don’t have to mention that Noah and Mercedes, the two children, who play the younger heroes of this stories are wonderful? Of course they are. They still know everything about Christmas J ”