Costume Changes in Harry Potter and the Half Blood-Prince (2008)

It’s been awhile since we’ve said much about film costumes or Harry Potter, but we decided to get this one out there.

As you may or may not know, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is in production already and it looks like they’re hitting the ground running. Or wait, maybe they’re flying. On brooms. With dementors.

Anyway, a few days ago, this video hit the Internet showing some of the changes and highlights of the production process so far. Most notably, a specific change to the Quidditch outfits. According to costume designer Jany Temime, the dangerous nature and more prominent roles of Ron and Harry in the Quidditch matches calls for something “a little bit stronger”. By taking nods from more classic American Football padding, she hopes to create a costume that mimics the step up in intensity. The padding will be worn outside of totally new robes created for the match.

We like these changes. Harry Potter has always been intriguing because it mixes our world with the fantasy, making us feel like we’re not so far off from the objects of our imagination. The juxtaposition of Quidditch protective pads on wizard’s robes is equally as charming as it is ironic. One does have to wonder though, with all that finger wiggling power behind these wizardy students, couldn’t they conjure some magic spell for protection? Wait, is that against the rules? I don’t remember.

Temime has been around since the production of Azkaban and is well familiar with the world of Harry Potter. She was nominated in 2005 for the outstanding costume design Satellite award for her work in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and looks to make a big impact in 2008 with Half Blood Prince.


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