Behind the scenes with Cursed Child costume designer Katrina Lindsay

The Pottermore News Team

Hermione, Ron and Harry in front of a bookcase, from Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Original West End Production. Photography by Manuel Harlan.

Katrina Lindsay designed the costumes for the World Premiere of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in London, and is now working on the Broadway production of the play, which opens this spring.

In this new video, she reveals how much work goes into making the wizards and witches on stage look just right.

In case you think that whipping up a few costumes can’t be that big a deal, it’s worth remembering that these are beloved characters who can’t just march out on stage wearing any old thing: as much thought goes into their looks as the words they speak and the spells they perform.

Katrina has been able to create iconic looks for all the actors in both productions. And it works. As Jamie Parker (Harry) points out in the video: ‘It feels instantly familiar when people see them, so that people feel like the story’s safe in our hands – and that we’re taking that responsibility of the life that everybody’s lived with these guys seriously.’

Katrina’s job can’t have been an easy one. For example, she sourced 520 metres of wool ‘with just the right weight to give the cloaks the perfect magical “whoosh” as characters, scenes and furniture appear and disappear on stage.’ How do you find wool with the best ‘whoosh’, anyway?

Cursed Child costumes, photography by Manuel Harlan
Cursed Child costumes, photography by Manuel Harlan.

And as for the characters… well, the adult Harry Potter needed to be a mixture of the scruffy kid we once knew and a grown-up with responsibilities at the Ministry of Magic, which meant a melding of casual clothing with a suit. ‘We went for a sort of “combat” trouser and practical boots, so it feels like he’s ready for action and adventure—a suit jacket but with texture,’ she explains.

Ron, on the other hand, needed a different approach: ‘I thought he should just look really comfy in everything,’ says Katrina. ‘He’s so relaxed and at home in himself, and in the environments he finds himself in. So we went for soft textures – cords and knitwear. And I wanted to keep that Weasley family theme with the knitwear. I don’t think this jumper was homemade by his mum, but I think it has the feeling of something he would go for, having lived in a lot of homemade knitwear in his life.’

And finally there was Hermione – here’s actress Noma Dumezweni being fitted for her Broadway outfit.

Cursed Child actress Noma Dumezweni being fitted for her Broadway outfit. Photo by Manuel Harlan.
Katrina Lindsay and her team fitting Noma Dumezweni for her Broadway costume, photography by Manuel Harlan.

‘On the surface, she feels very organised and together, but she’s still got that sense of adventure about her,’ says Katrina. ‘I’d done a lot of reading before starting the drawings for characters, and I’d read somewhere that purple features in the Ministry of Magic. I had that in mind, because of where Hermione is and her role in the Ministry in this story, and that quite naturally became her key colour.’

Katrina Lindsay and her team fitting Noma Dumezweni for her Broadway costume, photography by Manuel Harlan.
Noma Dumezweni being fitted for her Broadway costume, photography by Manuel Harlan.

If all this has whetted your appetite and you want to see these latest costumes on stage, registration for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on Broadway Ticketmaster Verified Fan pre-sale is open now through 31 January. All registered genuine ticket buyers will be eligible to be randomly selected to receive an Access Code for the chance to purchase tickets on 7 February. Those who completed the registration process for the first ticket release in October will need to register again in order to be eligible to receive an Access Code. To register for ticket access, visit the Cursed Child website.

From 8 February, further tickets will then be released as and when available through the official website HarryPotterThePlay.com and Ticketmaster.com. These tickets will not require an Access Code to purchase.

For more information on the London, Broadway and Melbourne productions of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, including how to get tickets, visit HarryPotterThePlay.com.

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