A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: Costume designer Jany Temime talks about a special scene in the new film.
The marriage vows of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour present the “Harry Potter” franchise with its first and only on-screen wedding, and for costume designer Jany Temime there was both opportunity and challenge in the festive ritual. More than that, she said, it is also the last joyous moment in the franchise with all the battles, destruction and loss that follow.
“The film is so dark and the beginning of the really dark time, and it was the last opportunity to have something light and warm and funny and the last light tone before all the darkness,” Temime said. ”The terrible time follows. So it was very nice for us to give it the maximum. It’s like when you look at pictures of weddings right before the war. They look happy but there’s the edge to it, too. Like if you saw the film ‘The Deer Hunter’ and they had that wedding before everything got so dramatic. They are embracing life. When you are almost sure you are going to lose your life, you appreciate the moment and you live for the moment. That was my approach to that wedding scene of ours. Everyone is trying to get the maximum.”
What are the costumes like? “For the wedding dress, I wanted it to be a witch wedding dress but not a Halloween dress, and for the wedding sandals, I wanted something to match. The dress is white but it needed to have something fantastic to it. So there is the phoenix [motif], the bird, which is a symbol of love in a way because there is rebirth, love never dies, it is born again. So we have that in front of the dress to give a feeling of eternal love. It was the symbol of Dumbledore, too, but it is the symbol of love for the dress.”
This is Temime’s fifth “Potter” film and she said she is still marveling at the opportunity to create the fashion and tradition of a separate and distinct culture with the wizarding world.
“It’s a world parallel to us, it’s a secret society living next to the other world, our world. They have their way and their own culture but they cannot ignore the real world, they are next to it always. They constantly have access to it. So I looked at extreme cultures, or the fringe or the outsiders. Any parallel society, like the gypsies or political groups on the edge. They have their own way of doing things but they also live in 2010 and they cannot ignore what they see. So they have their pointed hats and their long robes and they have their couture, but they also have blue jeans. They have their traditions but they cannot ignore the modern world.”
– Geoff Boucher
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