Sunday, 11 August 2013

Answers to the Textile Quiz

You made some clever suggestions and gave some correct answers to the Textile Quiz I posted earlier in the week.

I love looking at textile and often take pictures of what I see. On this occasion it was easy to find lots of interesting objects.

So what occasion was it?
It was a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tours, or shall we call it the Harry Potter Museum. North of London, near Watford Junction, you will find the film studio where much of the Harry Potter films were made.

It was most enjoyable and educational. I saw many of the sets, lots of props and costumes.
So the answers to the quiz are:

1.This dress belongs to The Gray Lady, the ghost of Ravenclaw House.






















 2. The tapestries are hung in the Great Hall. They are printed copies of  The Unicorn is in Captivity and No Longer Dead.

3. The wool patchwork quilt belongs to Hagrid and is in his cabin.

4. The pink tailored dress does indeed belong to Dolores Umbridge, it is seen here with two other pieces from her wardrobe. Like everything on the set, they were just beautifully crafted, and the perfect style for this sweet but, evil headmistress.

Here are some more examples of textile as seen in the Harry Potter films. In the Gryffindor common room, Harry and his friends can enjoy the beautiful tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn. A fantastic reproduction, all printed of course, but not very different from the impression I got from the originals I saw in Tokyo a couple of months ago when they were in an exclusive exhibition.
Fancy cutting a hole in them for the doorway!
If you've ever wondered what Harry's invisibility cloak looks like, here it is. It is a beautiful fluid velvet. The green lining makes it possible for Harry's body to become invisible on screen.




8 comments:

  1. well I got that wrong!! not surprised as I have to admit not seeing any of the Harry Potter films,.....too busy stitching!!

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    1. Well, you see I am not as busy stitching, and give myself time to see the films. I've been a Potter fan ever since I read the first book, then got a little bit hooked on the films as well, but nothing can replace the sensation of creating your own image of everything.

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  2. I have never seen the movies and I'm sure this was not the image I had in mind while reading the books. Amazing!

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    1. I think many of the images I got while reading the books were different from the films, but the film makers still have made some magical films. One thing, they have illustrated the game of quidditch, which I think few readers could 'see'.
      The attention to detail everywhere on the set was stunning. I am sure not only nerds like me appreciated the enormous amount of work that went into each film.

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  3. Some right some wrong. When I was in Scotland a couple of years ago I travelled on the "Harry Potter" train and said to my daughter that it all looked the same as the movie but I couldn't see Hogwarts, it wasn't there. She told me what did I expect? I was a muggle for course I wouldn't be able to see it. I'm gald there is somewhere where I can visit now. I will put it on the list for next year.

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    1. Well, Hogwarts IS there, if you count that gigantic and very detailed model they have made. Inside there are lights and figures that make it look like students are moving around. Of course there is a kind of 'Disneyland' feeling over Harry Potter Studio Tours, but the details of the set and the props were breathtaking. It was also an eye opener as to how one actually flies a broom, a short section of the bridge becomes long and so on.

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  4. I would never have guessed that the dresses came from Harry Potter!

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    1. The dress is very tatty with lots of fraying seams and it looks silvery dusty. I took a close up of what I thought would look like an antique dress so as not to give any hint to my readers! In all its 'ghostliness' it is a very beautiful dress. I wouldn't mind being a ghost floating about Hogwarts...

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