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Harry Potter and the Fashions of Deathly Hallows

By Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous | December 1, 2009 |

By Miscellaneous | Miscellaneous | December 1, 2009 |

Don’t you just love when USA Today gets a first look at a film like this one of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1? Just imagine if we had to wait until next November to see what Harry, Hermione, and Ron are wearing in the next installment of the franchise? Who cares what’s actually going on in this shot of the magical trio? All that matters is that we now know stripes are hot for wizard types in 2010. Especially stripey undershirts inspired by Sandman from the Spider-Man comics.

I guess the real point of the shot is to reveal that Harry and friends are not at Hogwarts, where they’re always forced to wear those boring uniforms. Instead, as Rupert Grint tells the colorful daily newspaper, they’re “camping out in random places, living rough, wearing regular clothes.”

Okay, that’s cool, but they all kinda look like bums who went on a shopping spree at Goodwill. And the photo just raises too many questions that I’m going to go nuts waiting for the answers to. Like did the gang just exit that cinema? What did they see? Something with hot vampires in it? The trailer for Percy Jackson? Me thinks those serious expressions on their faces are just them realizing they’re not the shit anymore. And that they need to go full nude in the next installment to keep us interested, apparently.

Here’s what other film bloggers think of the Deathly Hallows costume design:

  • Alex Billington at
    Oh look, it’s three actors you’ve never seen before, right?! No, it’s three actors you’ve only seen together for the last 10 years straight. I really love the Harry Potter franchise, but come on, this is the first photo they put out for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows? Okay, maybe I’m being a little too harsh. It’s cool to see this photo because it means we can start getting excited about the next Harry Potter movie again and start forgetting about Twilight.
  • Adam Rosenberg at MTV Movies Blog:
    Young Potter and his friends look disappointed because this is such an incredibly unfulfilling ensemble shot. There’s no action, no hint of special effects, not even any clear indication of where the mages-in-training are. So we’ll keep waiting for the first worthwhile still from “Deathly Hallows.”
  • Steve Weintraub at Collider:
    It’s exactly the kind of image you get from a movie a year away.  Meaning, you see the actors and nothing more.  That’s because when a studio releases a new image from a movie that’s not close to coming out, they never show you the goods.  They always show you a shot of the people in the movie looking at something, or standing still, but you never see what they’re fighting, or what the movie is about. A money shot is the kind of image you save till just before release.
  • Paul Tassi at
    Don’t get too excited for this first pic from the set of part one of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. The only questions it really answers are “What will Harry’s hair look like this year?” and “How many awful patterns can Ron mix in one outfit?”
  • Vince Mancini at Film Drunk:
    I don’t really care about Harry Potter either way, but compared to Twilight, it’s nice that JK Rowling can at least write at above a fifth grade level.  Anyway, it appears this one’s about Ron Weasely’s struggle to distract from his face and hair by pairing stripes with checkers and plaid.
  • Mark at I Watch Stuff:
    As with previous editions of the boy wizard series, it appears Daniel Radcliffe’s neck will once again multiply in girth in this sequel. The guy’s got a neck like a waist. If they don’t hurry up and get Deathly Hallows part 2 in the can, the last film in this franchise is going to star a bespectacled tube.
  • Russ Fischer at /Film:
    Meanwhile, a piece at VideoBusiness detailing the DVD release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has got fansites worked up thanks to a mention that, in the last film, Harry will be nekkid. This could be called spoilerish, I suppose, but Yates describes a scene where “a horcrux [carrying a piece of Voldemort’s soul] defends itself by producing nightmarish visions, and one shows Hermione and Harry embracing and kissing. It’s something intriguing and sensual for Rupert to react to, and Dan will be bare for that.” Take that, Twihards.

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