Harry Potter Props, Costumes On Display In Seattle

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A few lucky visitors first are invited to try on the sorting hat, which compliments them on their bravery, intelligence or cunning. Then, a few steps down a dark corridor, you are surrounded by a cloud of steam. Ahead is the train station, where the Hogworts Express has just arrived.

You have entered “Harry Potter: The Exhibition,” a showcase filled with the imagery evoked in J.K. Rowling’s seven-part series about an orphan named Harry who discovers he is part of a mostly hidden magical world. The traveling museum show opens in Seattle on Saturday.

What Harry Potter fan hasn’t wanted to sit for a bit in a giant chair at Hagrid’s cottage, watching to see if the dragon’s egg shaking and rattling on the table is going to open? The show also give fans a chance to test their Quidditch skills and see up close the beautiful gowns the actors wore to the Yule Ball in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”


‘Harry Potter’ countdown: The ‘Deathly Hallows’ wedding is last festive moment in grim finale

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A MONTH OF MAGIC: Hero Complex is counting down to the Nov. 19 release of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” — the penultimate film in the history-making “Potter” franchise — with exclusive interviews, photos, videos and reports from the set. Today’s post: Costume designer Jany Temime talks about a special scene in the new film

The marriage vows of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour present the “Harry Potter” franchise with its first and only on-screen wedding, and for costume designer Jany Temime there was both opportunity and challenge in the festive ritual. More than that, she said, it is also 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.”


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