HARRY POTTER AND
THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS
About The Cinematography
Although many of the key Harry Potter artisans
participated in the production of both films, new to the team are Academy Award
and BAFTA nominated cinematographer Roger Pratt (Iris, Chocolat, The End of
the Affair), who takes over from John Seale, director of photography on Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone; and prolific Academy Award-winning
costume designer Lindy Hemming (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Topsy Turvy,
Funny Bones), who assumes the position previously held by Judianna Makovsky,
who received an Oscar nomination and BAFTA nomination for her costumes in Harry
Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
Director Chris Columbus and producer David Heyman brought
director of photography Roger Pratt aboard to give Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets a darker and edgier feel than that of the first film. Says
Columbus: "We went for a moodier lighting scheme this time around. As the
story descends into darkness and Hogwarts is in danger of closing, we wanted the
film to get a little darker and creepier, where you're not certain what's
going to pop out of the shadows. Roger brought this quality to the film, along
with a sense of camera movement, which is a departure for me as a
"It was very important that the second film have the
same basic qualities as the first, but that it stand out in its own right,"
Heyman points out. "To that end, Roger gave Harry Potter and the Chamber
of Secrets a much darker feel, which reflects the growth of the characters
and the story."
Meanwhile, costume designer Lindy Hemming played a crucial
role in creating the looks and color schemes for the cabal of new characters
introduced in the film. "Many of the characters already had an established
appearance and wardrobe, so my real role was to create the costumes for Gilderoy
Lockhart, Lucius Malfoy, Moaning Myrtle, Professor Sprout, Madam Pince, Madam
Pomfrey and Mr. Weasley," Hemming says. "But I must also give credit
to my associate designer, Michael O'Connor, who created the costumes for a
myriad of characters you see in Diagon Alley."
Designing the look for the dandyish Gilderoy Lockhart
provided Hemming with her most enjoyable and colorful challenge. "Lockhart
is totally self-obsessed and vain and his clothes and his appearance are
everything to him," she observes. "While most of the other characters
in the film are dressed in dark, muted or somber colors, with Lockhart we were
able to give him outfits in green, blue, deep red and even gold."
"Chris Columbus and Lindy had a very clear idea of how
Lockhart should look and wanted to introduce color into the film through this
character," Branagh adds. "We wanted to create a hybrid between a
period dandy and someone who looked as if they could fit into Hogwarts. Lockhart
struts like a peacock, wears a different costume in every sceneā¦and of course
there's his hair!"
Hemming also perfected the evocative wardrobe for the
malevolent Lucius Malfoy, played by Jason Isaacs. "Because Lucius is in a
very prominent position in the wizard government, one of the original concepts
for his wardrobe was to have me wear a pinstripe suit," Isaacs relates.
"But Lucius is an aristocrat, living in a giant old house in the country
and all of his belongings have been in the family for generations. And so I
wanted his costumes to reflect this sense of the old. He wears furs and carries
this amazing snake head cane and feels himself to be very regal and
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