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LA Times Interviews "Deathly Hallows" Costume Designer About the Wedding Scene

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Posted by: Mel
October 22, 2010, 11:38 PM

Jany Temime, costume designer for "Deathly Hallows" (as well as "PoA," "GoF," "OotP," and "HBP") has spoken to the LA Times about the costumes in the wedding scene. Temime comments on the mood of that scene, and how it's 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.”

Temime also discusses the design inspiration for Fleur's wedding dress:

“For the wedding dress, I wanted it to be a witch wedding dress but not a Halloween dress. 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.”

Additionally, Temime comments on the overall aspects of creating costumes for witches and wizards:

“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.”

You can see the rest of the article here. Thanks to Jamie for the tip!

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1189 Points

first! i’m excited to see the dresses&dress robes, hermione’s isn’t the lilac dress that she had on in the book, but i think they’ll all look brilliant just the same

Posted by HalfBloodPrincesss (Jenna Evans) on October 23, 2010, 04:35 PM report to moderator
4208 Points

They are going to strike just the right note in the wedding scene. Fleur’s dress will be beautiful, and this scene is indeed the beginning of the dark times.

Posted by Fresca ROAR on October 23, 2010, 05:06 PM report to moderator
100 Points

i wonder how FLeur’s dress is gonna look.

Posted by Polka Square on October 23, 2010, 05:07 PM report to moderator
320 Points

So awesome! This just makes me even more excited to see DH!!!

Posted by LittleMonster on October 23, 2010, 07:18 PM report to moderator
4852 Points

Sounds great! Fleur’s dress sounds beautiful!

Posted by #1 Witch ROAR! on October 23, 2010, 07:19 PM report to moderator
61 Points

I don’t know, the costumes have been the worst part of the movies (soooo diferent from what JKR describes on the books). But hopefully Fleur’s dress is gonna be nice. What I reeeeeeeeeeeally want is to see Molly dressed like a lady, for once (I hope they gave her a beatiful dress)

Posted by inesifran on October 23, 2010, 07:37 PM report to moderator
738 Points

The recently posted picture(s) of the reception tables in the big tent show how stylish and colorful the wedding is going to be… I’m glad they aren’t going with plain old white for everything!

Posted by bettb [ITC!] on October 23, 2010, 07:38 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

I’m very excited to see the wedding scene! So far it all looks wonderful! Fleur’s wedding dress looks beautiful!

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on October 23, 2010, 07:44 PM report to moderator
11265 Points

I cant wait to see fleurs dress!

Posted by MossHorpione on October 23, 2010, 07:54 PM report to moderator
335 Points

I am so looking forward to the wedding scene. I love in the trailer How Haryr runs for Ginny and gets pusghed back by Lupin!

Posted by joeys_mommy on October 23, 2010, 10:01 PM report to moderator
10839 Points

Sounds beautiful :)

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on October 24, 2010, 12:01 AM report to moderator
10839 Points

Sounds beautiful :)

Posted by ϟ☮Sindi a.k.a Remy [ROAR!!]☮ϟ on October 24, 2010, 12:02 AM report to moderator
444 Points

It looks beautiful in the pictures, but I wish they would stick with the colors that JKR describes. There are some of us who read the books with an eye on literary alchemy. Everything about the wedding (in the book) is gold and white and that’s an important point. to have it be lavender just misses the rich imagery that JKR put in there. And why does Hermione end up in a red dress? It’s a bold color but also harsh and somehow doesn’t fit, imo. Maybe it’s so we can more easily follow her in the crowds when they get to London. I was glad to see a photo of Luna in yellow, however. That’s something.

Posted by Eeyore on October 24, 2010, 12:46 AM report to moderator
404 Points

BTW, this is part of a series of articles the LA TIMES will have in the run-up to DH1 opening in their “Hero Complex” feature. If you click the link above you can follow the series. Or use the address:

Good stuff!

aka Hagiographer13

Posted by Hagiographer13 on October 24, 2010, 02:46 AM report to moderator
11773 Points

I think Jany Temime has done a wonderful job for the films. I don’t think it would have worked if they had kept to the descriptions of the costumes in the books. Everyone would have been wearing long robes with slightly different details, and the cinema-goer (not necessarily being a wizard) wouldn’t have been able to read the clues to character. I think she and other members of the design team deserve a big round of applause.

Posted by Valeria-Johanna on October 24, 2010, 03:41 AM report to moderator
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