Friday 21st July 2017
A celebration of the Harry Potter films’ hair, make-up and costumes is now on display at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London’s new event, Wizarding Wardrobes, including Philip Treacy’s Beauxbatons hats.
Pottermore spoke to acclaimed hat designer Philip Treacy – along with hair and make-up artists Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin – who explained how they created their iconic wizarding world looks across the films.
Philip, who has designed iconic hats for the likes of the Royal Family and Sarah Jessica Parker, came up with the unique look of the hats worn by the Beauxbatons school students for Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). The blue swirled trilby-style design has since become a fan favourite. Philip admitted that although his hats always look chic, they’re tricky to get right.
‘Hat-making is like magic,’ he said. ‘It’s meant to look effortless, but a lot of effort goes into it.’
As well as Philip’s hats, the new display also features many outfits centred around wizarding fashion. One of the highlights are a number of outfits belonging to Daily Prophet journalist Rita Skeeter.
Seeing Rita’s outfits conjured up happy memories for Philip of visiting the film set during the making of the fourth film. He recounts a particularly good piece of acting trivia he received from Rita Skeeter herself, Miranda Richardson.
‘I met her on the set here, and I remember she was about to shoot a scene with Maggie Smith,’ he told Pottermore. ‘I said to her, “How do you just… switch it on?’ She said: “We just come out like boxers fighting in the ring. We’re just ready to go!”’
A witch with a very different look was Bellatrix Lestrange, whose iconic dishevelled wig is featured in the all-new hair and make-up display. According to Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin, who helped finesse the looks of many Harry Potter characters, actor Helena Bonham Carter applied her own artistic license to Bellatrix’s appearance.
‘Helena just sat in the chair, put loads and loads of glamour make-up on and smudged it all up,’ Amanda said. ‘She told us, “I want to have loads of make-up on, but make it grungy!”’
Mission certainly accomplished there.
The Studio Tour will also be demonstrating one particularly eccentric wizarding ensemble that required practical effects to bring to life: Professor Slughorn’s armchair disguise, as worn by Jim Broadbent in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009). The scene in the film shows Slughorn Transfiguring himself into the piece of furniture. Now brave Studio Tour visitors are invited to step inside his armchair suit to see how the magic really worked.
So if you’re looking to achieve the Hogwarts look, whatever it might be, now’s your chance.
For more information on the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London and Wizarding Wardrobes, visit the website.