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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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Posted by badger666 on June 25, 2009, 11:30 PM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by The Nerd on June 26, 2009, 12:17 AM report to moderator
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Posted by wiltabone on June 26, 2009, 12:17 AM report to moderator
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Costumes are everything!

Posted by Harry Potter 4 Ever!! on June 26, 2009, 12:41 AM report to moderator
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Interesting way to develop the character.

Posted by budgie on June 26, 2009, 12:52 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by drhawks on June 26, 2009, 01:11 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on June 26, 2009, 01:41 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by maxteachLairyFights on June 26, 2009, 03:11 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by Eeyore on June 26, 2009, 03:59 AM report to moderator
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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.

Posted by beewell on June 26, 2009, 06:59 AM report to moderator
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very interesting…i like his costumes ;)

Posted by RaWr...WeReWoLf on June 26, 2009, 07:08 AM report to moderator
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Posted by kraamerXmich ♠{WBM}♠ [Pigeon] on June 26, 2009, 08:17 AM report to moderator
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That’s actually what I thought when looking at his teacher’s robes – very grand and overdone, but pretty though. :-D

Posted by PhoenixFlight [ITC!] on June 26, 2009, 09:08 AM report to moderator
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Sounds great!

Posted by Heavenly_Horcrux on June 26, 2009, 10:23 AM report to moderator
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hehe! i like the sound of the costumes!

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