Obit of the Day: Harry Potter Set Designer
From The Burrow to Dumbledore’s Office to the main hall at Hogwarts Stephenie McMillan brought J.K. Rowling’s enchanting environments to life on the silver screen. She passed away on August 19, 2013 at the age of 71.
Ms. McMillan designed sets for films for nearly three decades beginning with Paul McCartney’s 1984 Give My Regards to Broad Street. You can see her work in Santa Claus: The Movie, A Fish Called Wanda, Notting Hill, and Chocolat.
She collaborated frequently with her husband Stuart Craig and they shared the Oscar for Best Art Direction in 1996 for their work on The English Patient, which won eight additional Academy Awards including Best Picture.
But Ms. McMillan and Mr. Craig’s legacy will be their work on all seven Harry Potter films. Ms. McMillan especially appreciated the seemingly unlimited budgets and flexibility. The couple would earn four more Oscar nods for Sorcerer’s Stone (2002), Goblet of Fire (2006), and Deathly Hallows I and II (2011, 2012).
Her last film was Gambit (2012) starring Colin Firth.
Sources: LA Times and IMDB.com
Top, The Weasley’s Burrow kitchen, copyright Warner Bros. and courtesy of harrypotter.wikia.com
Middle, Dumbledore’s office, copyright of Warner Bros. and courtesy of harrypotter.wikia.com
Bottom, Hogwarts main hall, copyright of Warner Bros. and courtesy of gallerynucleus.com
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