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Stephenie McMillan, Set Decorator for the Harry Potter Films, Dies at 71

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Posted by: Mel
August 22, 2013, 09:06 PM

Stephenie McMillan, who was the set decorator for all of the Harry Potter films, passed away this past Monday due to complications from ovarian cancer.


In 1997 McMillan won an Oscar for Best Set Decoration for "The English Patient" alongside art director Stuart Craig, who she would later work on all eight Harry Potter films with. Her work on Harry Potter helped define their distinct and magical atmosphere.

Our thoughts are with her family.

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So sad to hear this… Her work was truly MAGICAL!!!! When I saw the HP exhibit in Toronto a few years ago, I was blown away by her handiwork!

Posted by Won_Two on August 22, 2013, 11:45 PM report to moderator
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Here’s a link to an obituary from the LA TImes.
http://www.latimes.com/obituaries/la-me-stephenie-mcmillan-20130822,0,1067116.story?track=rss

A link to an article about her work with some great photos:
http://thursdaydesignhistory.wikispaces.com/Stephenie+McMillan+%28Set+Decorator%29

And an interview with her from last year.
http://guru.bafta.org/stephenie-mcmillan-interview

James Phelps tweeted the following:
Very sorry to hear of the passing of Stephenie McMillan. A wonderful lady who helped make the hogwarts we all saw in the HP movies

Posted by moglet [ITC!] on August 23, 2013, 08:13 AM report to moderator
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446 Points

That’s very sad to hear. :( May she rest in peace.

Posted by Mad But Happy on August 23, 2013, 10:27 PM report to moderator
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She did phenomenal work making our beloved magical word come into existence. It is such sad news.

Thanks for the links moglet.

Posted by La La Toadstone =:) on August 24, 2013, 12:46 PM report to moderator
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444 Points

That’s so very sad. My heart goes out to her family and friends.

Posted by Eeyore on August 26, 2013, 04:39 PM report to moderator
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How very sad! RIP, Ms. McMillan.

Posted by AvanelleWood on August 28, 2013, 12:16 PM report to moderator
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@ moglet [ITC] Thank you for the links, they were very interesting.

Stephanie McMillan’s work was brilliant and must have been appreciated by millions of people of all ages. I’m so glad that she found working on the HP franchise such a pleasure. R.I.P.

Posted by Graymayne on September 06, 2013, 04:00 AM report to moderator
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