Sporting Grand Glamourous Style by Horace Slughorn

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Jun 25, 2009

Posted by SueTLC

Thanks much to the LA Times for another alert on the daily installment of Harry Potter countdown articles before the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Today’s article: An interview with Jany Temime and her costumes for the flamboyant character of Horace Slughorn. Of interest in the pieces is new insight on how the appearance of the character as portrayed by actor Jim Broadbent differs from how is he is described in the novel by Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. The article describes this as follows:

In the book, the pot-bellied Slughorn looks like a cross between a walrus and an armchair, a pompous, rotund little man, several sizes too big for his britches and weighted down over the years by the knowledge of a horrible secret. How would Temime transform the formidable — and tall — Broadbent into such a precious, palm-greasing fellow?

By deciding not to. “In the book, Slughorn’s ever-so precious’ Temime said. “But once we had Jim in the part, I thought instead of precious, we’d make him grand.””Jim is not a small, fat man. He is tall and strong’ she said. “So we had to change and adapt.” To do that, Temime used all of J.K. Rowling’s atmospheric detail to tell the story of Slughorn through his clothes rather than his size.

She explains: “Everything we did for his costumes was very rich, but also very used, because he’s not a rich man anymore. He hasn’t worked for a long time. He is a bit of a has-been. But his clothes, even if they were from 20 years ago, were once upon a time, very rich and very glamorous. So we went for ‘Old Glamour’ when designing.”Very pompous, very extreme, very glorious





30 Responses to Sporting Grand Glamourous Style by Horace Slughorn

Avatar ImageCool Grandma2 says: Well that is interesting. I knew his size didn't match the book but sometimes you give up that detail to have a really good actor in the part.Avatar ImageMatea says: I like the way Slug looks in the movie.Avatar ImageKatetheKeeper says: The clothing you wear can really tell a lot by a person. This article is interesting and really exmplifies that.Avatar Imageravensmith says: We shall see, his clothes are not so important when you consider his character. If he can portray slughorn in the right spirit, his clothes wont matter much.Avatar ImageLargeBlondDeathEater says: So this is the same woman who refused to give Narcissa blond hair.Avatar ImageWON_TWO says: We shall see....Avatar Imagemegan_702 says: this is interesting but i wish they could've had a fat slughorn in the movie! that would've been funny! :)Avatar ImageLivelaughlovepotter says: I like how they thought that way. Looking deeper than just visionary supplies is very interesting.Avatar ImageHorcruxalej says: yeah i thought he would have more of a uncle vernon look plus i did notice till now but in the book slug had a mustache did he??Avatar ImageLloyd says: I still kinda wish they had made him fat...Avatar ImageDolemite says: Nice read.Avatar Imagehermyone08 says: at least it looks like he's going to be the armchair in the filmAvatar ImageHermione Elizabeth says: Pretty cool... :)Avatar ImageDiamondWings says: cool!!!Avatar ImageFresca says: Broadbent will play a mean Slughorn and the costuming choice sounds pretty smart!Avatar Imagebadger666 says: Interesting.Avatar ImageRavenclaw98 says: i know he dosent look the way he described in the book. but the look they gave him i think describes more of his personalty. Avatar Imagewiltabone says: NiceeeAvatar Imagebengtson_98 says: Costumes are everything!Avatar Imagebudgie says: Interesting way to develop the character.Avatar Imagedrhawks says: hmmm I'm withholding judgment on this... I really wish they would have kept the vision true to the book... But I really like this actor. We'll see. Avatar Imagemoglet says: I like the way they've thought about that, I can see it working really well. I was always glad they cast Jim Broadbent as he is brilliant, it didn't matter too much to me that he was the wrong build, sometimes you just have to get the right actor and it will work.Avatar Imagemaxteach says: Costumes are always supposed to reveal more than just a character's taste in clothing. Even if they had decided to give him a fat suit, the choice of style, color, texture... that's all much more important.Avatar ImageEeyore says: I wondered about the choice of Broadbent for Slughorn. He's a wonderful actor, but didn't fit my image when I read the book. However, once I saw some clips I realized that he seems to have captured Sluggy perfectly. And the costumes are a large part of that. It's such a subtle but important detail. Can't wait to see the movie and more of Jim Broadbent.Avatar Imagebeewell says: Hopefully Jim will portray Slughorn most admirably. For movies you always have to change things a little because no actor can possibly look the same as characters in the book. Changing his costumes to reflect his personality will be a marvel that we will just have to live with. I am sure that he will be great and the movie will be awesome.Avatar ImageRaWr...WeReWoLf says: very interesting...i like his costumes ;)Avatar Imagekraamerxmich says: Show your Support! Go GREEN for IRAN!!! xD http://www.the-leaky-cauldron.org/myleaky/groups/5921Avatar ImageJTEL99 says: That's actually what I thought when looking at his teacher's robes - very grand and overdone, but pretty though. :-DAvatar ImageHeavenly_Horcrux says: Sounds great!Avatar ImageMidnightSun321 says: hehe! i like the sound of the costumes!

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