Set decorator who worked on all the Harry Potter films and won an Oscar for The English PatientAlthough she won an Oscar for The English Patient (1996), the set decorator Stephenie McMillan, who has died of cancer aged 71, will be best remembered for the creation of the magical world of Harry Potter on film. Stephenie helped to bring JK Rowling’s intensely imagined world to the screen across all eight films in the series, from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in 2001 to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 in 2011.Directors and cinematographers changed in the course of the series, but the art department that Stephanie and I oversaw remained a constant, providing a real sense of visual continuity. Stephenie’s work was always characterised by technical finesse, elegance and wit. She was responsible for the details that brought my vision as production designer to life.It was Stephenie who organised the thousand-plus chairs into mountains in the Room of Requirement at Harry’s school, Hogwarts, and who over a period of three months supervised the makeover of the Great Hall set for the Hogwarts Yule Ball. As she once explained: “The key to set decoration is noticing the little …read more

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