Usually, when some "new" Harry Potter info hits the news cycle, I just roll my eyes – girl, I knew about that years ago. But Warner Brothers just dropped a knowledge bomb on my Potterhead heart and I'm low-key pissed I didn't notice it before.
We're all familiar with the sneaky hidden messages hidden throughout the books and movies – like how Severus Snape's first lines secretly proclaimed his love for Lily Potter or how Voldemort's cloak changed colors to show he was fading away with the death of each Horcrux. The costume designers didn't stop there, though. Apparently, they hid a ton of secret tributes to Salazar Slytherin within the wardrobes of the cast.
In celebration of Slytherin House, Warner Brothers Studio Tour London shared some close-up shots of hidden serpentine details from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I: the snakeskin on Narcissa Malfoy's dress, the snake head topper of Lucius' walking stick, and the angular hem of Severus Snape's cloak.
Look out for this locket displayed with the Horcrux props: created by @minalima, who were inspired by 18th-century Spanish jewellery. If you look closely, you can see diamond-cut green stones arranged in the shape of the letter "S." pic.twitter.com/mcjR4dVaTB— Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (@wbtourlondon) February 25, 2020
Speaking of jewellery, did you notice the extra embellishments to Slytherin school uniforms?— Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (@wbtourlondon) February 25, 2020
Unlike other houses, some Slytherin costumes feature tie pins and rings bearing snake emblems: heirlooms passed down through generations of proud Slytherins in old wizarding families. pic.twitter.com/9fBtbe4zIg
Always impeccably dressed, Slytherins represent their house pride even as adults with subtle snakelike touches in their costumes.— Warner Bros. Studio Tour London (@wbtourlondon) February 25, 2020
Highlights: Narcissa Malfoy's snakeskin ensemble, Lucius' bejewelled cane and the forked-tongue slit up the back of Professor Snape's dramatic cape. pic.twitter.com/gOOS2XAiYl
According to them, the triangular cut was meant to subtly replicate the forked tongue of a snake. Snape has always been fiercely loyal to his House and the design doubles down on this important aspect of his identity.
Albus Dumbledore once hinted that Snape would be better suited for Gryffindor, but this proves that Severus is a Slytherin through and through.
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