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Sporting Grand Glamourous Style by Horace Slughorn

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Posted by: sue
June 25, 2009, 11:56 AM

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

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1884 Points

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.

Posted by Cool G on June 25, 2009, 12:05 PM report to moderator
1642 Points

I like the way Slug looks in the movie.

Posted by Matea on June 25, 2009, 12:10 PM report to moderator
3908 Points

The clothing you wear can really tell a lot by a person. This article is interesting and really exmplifies that.

Posted by Imperiused! on June 25, 2009, 12:13 PM report to moderator
865 Points

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.

Posted by RavenSmith {[WBM]} on June 25, 2009, 12:13 PM report to moderator
115 Points

So this is the same woman who refused to give Narcissa blond hair.

Posted by LargeBlondDeathEater on June 25, 2009, 12:41 PM report to moderator
80450 Points

We shall see….

Posted by Won_Two on June 25, 2009, 01:29 PM report to moderator
491 Points

this is interesting but i wish they could’ve had a fat slughorn in the movie! that would’ve been funny! :)

Posted by megan_702*ROAR* on June 25, 2009, 01:29 PM report to moderator
4630 Points

I like how they thought that way. Looking deeper than just visionary supplies is very interesting.

Posted by Live Laugh Love Potter ♥ROAR♥ on June 25, 2009, 01:31 PM report to moderator
3031 Points

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??

Posted by Horcruxalej on June 25, 2009, 01:59 PM report to moderator
943 Points

I still kinda wish they had made him fat…

Posted by Lloyd on June 25, 2009, 02:14 PM report to moderator
44049 Points

Nice read.

Posted by Dolemite [FTC!] on June 25, 2009, 04:54 PM report to moderator
24135 Points

at least it looks like he’s going to be the armchair in the film

Posted by hermyone*ROAR* on June 25, 2009, 05:13 PM report to moderator
3271 Points

Pretty cool… :)

Posted by Half-Blood Princess66[ROAR!] on June 25, 2009, 05:44 PM report to moderator
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4208 Points

Broadbent will play a mean Slughorn and the costuming choice sounds pretty smart!

Posted by Fresca ROAR on June 25, 2009, 07:32 PM report to moderator
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