15 Seconds of Fame

(Last Updated On: February 14, 2016)

I know the expression is supposed to be “15 minutes of fame”, but I think that only applies to those who seek fame. If one has mediocre talent and is very ambitious, one can expect to get at least that. However, there are many who are wonderful team players who make things work behind the scenes. I remember watching the director’s commentary on The Incredibles and how an animator who put his heart and soul into a scene would get only a few seconds of air time in the final cut. The efforts of people like this creates a credible atmosphere in the film so the viewer can be completely immersed in the story.

The same goes for set and costume designers who also get little recognition. An instance I would like to single out appears in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). Emma Watson (as Hermoine Granger) and Evanna Lynch (as Luna Lovegood) certainly deserve notice, but I would like to recognize one other who may have slipped under your radar.

Angelica Mandy played a very small role as Gabrielle Delacour, the little sister of Fleur—one of the Tri-Wizard Champions. Costume designer Jany Temime and her team designed the stunning silver suit Mandy wore as she somersaulted into the scene during her school’s introduction. The shot lasts only a few seconds and we mostly see it from the rear.

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (1)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (1)

Even when we do see it from the front, it is cut off because the emphasis is on Fleur.

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (2)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (2)

The only way we get to see the front is in the outtakes. As the actors were not experienced in choreography, they fumble around a bit trying to get it right and some of the footage is shared in the video extras. The silver body suit is accented by a feathery fringe around the collar and sleeves and some extra flames were painted on the abdomen and thigh portions of the suit to give it a dynamic, fiery appearance.

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (outtakes) (1)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (outtakes) (1)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (outtakes) (2)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (outtakes) (2)

Here she appears to be wearing a cloak over it as she sits down by her sister. You can still see some of the fringe on the sleeve.

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (3)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (3)

There are only two other scenes where Mandy’s character is featured as more than a spectator. Here she is underwater waiting to be rescued in the tournament’s second task.

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (4)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (4)

And here she thanks Ron for helping to save her in that incident.

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (5)

J.K. Rowling, Steve Kloves and Mike Newell – Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005) (5)

Mandy—who was about 12 during shooting—also appeared as the young Becky Sharp in Vanity Fair (2004) and supposedly appeared in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1, probably in the wedding scene.  As it was only a cameo and she was much older, I was not able to spot her.

William Makepeace Thackeray et al - Vanity Fair (2004)

William Makepeace Thackeray et al – Vanity Fair (2004)

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