March 29, 2013

“After all this time?” “Always.”

Hello! Today I wanted to share with you a few of the wonderful costumes used in the Harry Potter films, and how the ‘fashion’ enhances both the films and the WB Studio Tour:

Firstly, the Great Hall contains a procession of Hogwarts’ teachers, my favourite costumes being those of Mad Eye Moody and Prof Trelawney. The artful shabbiness of these costumes are so skillful and I was constantly enthralled by the fascinating attention to detail throughout the tour.

The costumes for the Yule Ball were exquisite. Hermione’s dress was beautiful (and I was extremely envious of Emma Watson’s waist!) You could even buy a replica of the dress from the gift shop – a ‘bargain’ at £250.

I love these iconic costumes from the Prisoner of Azkaban. They always remind of that wonderful Malfoy-slapping scene!
Another iconic set of costumes are the sports gear for Quidditch. The design team must have loved creating the kit for this fantasy sport. I particularly love the keeper’s padding, which reminds me of old-fashioned cricket gear.
I do love a good baddies’ costume, and these are great. One part of the tour had a selection of images by concept artists, who had helped create these costumes, especially the Death Eaters’. The intricate masks are fascinating as well as terrifying, and each mask has its individual characteristics.
Finally – some would say the worst baddie of them all; Umbridge. As with all of the costumes, the intricacy was what truly astounded me. You couldn’t really describe these costumes as ‘fashionable,’ but they certainly can be said to convey the style and personality of the character they are designed for.
These are just a small selection of the truly amazing costumes at the Warner Bros Studio Tour. I can’t describe how astounding it was to see these costumes created by the designers and costume department for the Harry Potter films. The intricate details, particular to each individual character, were fascinating and testament to the dedication and skill of each and every person involved in making the world of Harry Potter come to life.