Wizarding Wardrobes At Warner Bros. Studio Tour

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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter is once again set to host a spectacular new event this summer – Wizarding Wardrobes.

This new event will showcase not only some of the famous articles of clothing seen in the films, but how they were made:

During the ten years of filming, more than 25,000 unique items of clothing were created for the Harry Potter film series. Starting with over 600 Hogwarts school robes, including those worn by a young Daniel Radcliffe, and developing into sophisticated character costumes such as Hermione’s stunning Yule Ball Gown, Gilderoy Lockhart’s flamboyant teaching attire and Professor Slughorn’s lavish lilac pyjamas.

From initial sketches to the finished costume, this special feature will take visitors on a journey through the behind-the-scenes process that brought our favourite characters to life. Many of the authentic ‘hero’ costumes are displayed at the Studio Tour including those worn on screen by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley throughout their years at Hogwarts. Joining those on display for the first time will be a selection of outfits designed especially for glamourous Daily Prophet reporter Rita Skeeter. Inspired by 1940s Hollywood gossip columnists, Costume Designer Jany Temime was careful to always match Rita’s ensemble to the story she was reporting such as the patterned leather suit worn to mirror the scales of the dragons used in the first Triwizard Tournament task. Other new costumes on show will include those belonging to Hogwarts professors Lupin, Umbridge and Lockhart.

The costume of Albus Dumbledore is testimony to the hours of meticulous planning that goes into creating a costume for a beloved and respected character. This process will be demonstrated in a new display showing the evolution from the first cuts of fabric through to the final costume that ultimately becomes an extension of both the character and the actor. Torn and singed, one of the three costumes on display will show the damage inflicted during Dumbledore’s epic battle against Voldemort at the Ministry of Magic. As visitors make their way through the tour, they will be invited to step into the role of a Costume Designer and try their hand at the art of costume distressing, discovering how new clothes were made to look centuries old or battle-torn with the help of paint, mud and wire brushes.

Hundreds of intricate and unique wizard hats were created for Harry’s first trip to Diagon Alley, for the first time these hats will be on display at the Studio Tour. Visitors will also learn how the iconic Beauxbatons hats were carefully designed, moulded and finished by the renowned milliner, Philip Treacy. Known for creating beautiful and bold hats for celebrities and royalty, Treacy was asked to design the hat that would complete the uniform of the French wizarding school, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic. The final design from the film series was inspired by a pointed “wizarding” version of a trilby.

There will also be the opportunity for a visitor to step inside Professor Slughorn’s armchair suit in an all-new demonstration of the unforgettable practical effect used during filming. Used as a disguise to evade capture by Death Eaters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, actor Jim Broadbent would have to sit on a specially-created rig with his arms out to mimic the shape of an armchair. Enhanced with Visual Effects the final scene shows Professor Slughorn shake himself out of his armchair form into a lilac-striped pyjama suit of the same material.

Alongside the Costume Department, the Hair & Make-up Departments were responsible for creating the visual identity of beloved characters through the use of wigs and prosthetics. An all-new Hair and Make-up display featuring artists Amanda Knight and Lisa Tomblin will show the skills of the team who applied Harry Potter’s iconic lightning bolt scar almost 6,000 times during filming. The feature will show exclusive footage illustrating the processes used to create the look of both Bellatrix Lestrange’s pointed teeth and the wounds of Muggle Studies teacher, Charity Burbage.

Wizarding Wardrobes will take place from Friday 21st July – Monday 4th September at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

Don’t forget that you can find the Fantastic Beasts costumes of our beloved quartet on display inside the lobby of the tour alongside some of the first film props!

To book tickets to this fantastic new event, click here!

Posted on June 14, 2017


Open Casting Call For Fantastic Beasts 2

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Want to be the next Newt Scamander or Albus Dumbledore? Here’s your chance! Pottermore have just announced an open casting call for the second Fantastic Beasts film. All EU citizens aged between 13 and 18 are invited to apply for a role:

The studio is looking for young people to play five new roles in the film, including teenage incarnations of Newt Scamander, Leta Lestrange, Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore.

An open casting call has gone out for three actors between the ages of 13 and 16 to play young versions of Newt, Leta, and another character called Sebastian.

They are also looking for actors between 16 and 18 to portray both Gellert Grindelwald and Albus Dumbledore as teenagers. So, if you know any young acting hopefuls who know their Elder Wand-lore, or have a penchant for Sherbert Lemons, now is the time to let them know.

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, readers learned that Albus and Gellert were once friends, before becoming arch-rivals. The casting of their teenage incarnations – as well as those of Newt and Leta – will be sure to intrigue Harry Potter fans, and drive further speculation about the next film’s story.

Newt Scamander’s relationships and past remain enigmatic, so any glimpse into his formative years will be huge for the character.

Leta Lestrange was mentioned in the first Fantastic Beasts film as having a ‘close friendship’ with Newt at Hogwarts, and her photograph was seen in Newt’s workshop. The casting of a young Leta would suggest that her character might have a bigger role in the sequel.

Casting for teenage Dumbledore follows on from the news that Jude Law will play the adult character in the Fantastic Beasts sequel.

Open casting calls are something of a tradition in the Wizarding World. Faith Wood-Blagrove beat thousands of other young actresses to the role of Modesty in Fantastic Beasts, and Evanna Lynch was chosen for the part of Luna Lovegood out of 15,000 other young women following open casting in 2006.

To apply for the Fantastic Beasts open casting call, email casting.prod@wb.uc-ns.com with a recent colour photograph, (i.e., taken within the last two months), contact telephone number, your home address and date of birth. Anyone under 18 must ask a parent or guardian to send the application.

No previous acting experience is necessary, but applicants need to be eligible to work in the UK (meaning they must be a UK, Irish or EU passport holder), and be available for filming between August and November 2017.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday, 20 June 2017 at midnight GMT. If there is interest in pursuing an application further, the applicant will hear back within 14 days of their original submission. While every applicant will be considered, only those passing the initial consideration round will be contacted.

Will you be applying? And who do you think Sebastian will be? The student that Leta’s Jarvey attacked?

Let us know over on Twitter!

Posted on June 6, 2017


Newt’s Patronus A Big Spoiler

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In reply to a fan question on Twitter, J.K Rowling has let us know that the form Newt’s patronus takes is a large spoiler for future films:

 

Does this mean Newt has to go up against some Dementors? Or perhaps he uses it as a shield against an Obscurus? Or, perhaps we finally get to see the Lethifold that was cut from the first movie:

[…] the Patronus is the only spell known to repel the Lethifold.

 

J.K also took the opportunity to let us know she is still working on re-writes for the second film which begins filming later this Summer:

 

Posted on April 26, 2017


Jude Law Comments on Dumbledore Casting

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Jude Law has made his first comments since being cast as a younger (aged 45) Albus Dumbledore in the Fantastic Beasts movie series.

Well my first port of call, I hope, is to meet J.K Rowling and to talk exactly about that [Dumbledore’s sexuality] and find out who he is and who she wants him to be and learn a little bit more about her vision of this great man as a young man.

Q: Are you intimidated/put-off/excited by the fans?

Oh! Oh no, only excited. Only excited by the whole prospect, yeah. Curious, excited…. actually no that’s a good point. I think all good jobs have an element of fear amongst them because you want to do well by it. You want to please, not everyone; you want to please people and you want to please yourself.

What do you think of Jude as Dumbledore? Let us know over on Twitter!

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Callum Turner Cast As Theseus Scamander

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English actor Callum Turner has been cast as Theseus Scamander – Newt’s older brother.

Strangely, Turner, 27, is a few years younger than his on-screen younger brother Redmayne, 35.

 

Theseus is described as a war hero in the first Fantastic Beasts film – a Ministry wizard who, on his return from the war, is assigned to the task force searching for renowned dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald.

How do you think Theseus will factor in to the plot of the second movie? Let us know over on Twitter!

Posted on April 21, 2017