Wednesday 2nd Mar 2016
You’re much more likely to associate Rubeus Hagrid with dragon eggs than the chocolate kind, but this Easter is a huge celebration of all things Hagrid at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London.
Have you ever wondered how Harry Potter’s friend and everyone’s favourite half-giant was brought to life for the big screen? Colossal efforts were taken by producers, costume designers and the special effects teams to create Hogwarts’ famous gamekeeper.
From 25 March to 17 April, you can see for yourself (in all their gargantuan glory) Hagrid’s two costumes; one for 6’1” Robbie Coltrane, the other for 6’10” (yes, 6’10”) England rugby star Martin Bayfield. Martin appeared as Hagrid in scenes where he needed to be bigger than the setting around him.
You’d never have guessed, but for Bayfield’s costume, tubes were stitched into the fabric, which had cold water running through them to help keep him cool on set. All of which you’ll see in the deconstructed version of Hagrid’s costume, as well as Hagrid’s oversized coat made from moleskin.
Authenticity is key, so the costume department cut imitation fur into mole shapes and sewed them together – each complete with tiny ears and tails. The devil really is in the detail.
Speaking of which, you can also discover techniques used to create the prosthetic masks worn by goblins at Gringotts bank, as filmmaking experts from Nick Dudman’s team will be working in the creature effects department on the tour.