Ralph Fiennes’s Voldemort Transformation Finally Revealed


Even after the Harry Potter series, Voldemort still remains the most iconic villain to date in all of literature. With his vein-covered head, pointed teeth and absent nose, he has the most memorable look. So because of that, you can thank makeup artist Mark Coulier for creating Voldemort’s terrifying look.

In an interview Coulier explained the process of turning Fiennes into Voldemort saying, “On Harry Potter the designs were done in an art department, then we took a head cast of Ralph Fiennes. We only had about two hours to do Ralph’s makeup, because of all the filming restrictions. They only wanted him in the chair for two hours instead of six hours, so we had to design it around that.”

The biggest filming restriction was created when the franchise employed children, because the children could only be on the set for a certain amount of time. Especially when it comes to school. So because of the children having less time on set, it meant Fiennes did as well which meant less time in his makeup. This allowed Coulier and his makeup team to become creative.

Coulier continues, saying, “The nose is digital. We did eyebrow blockers, so when you look at him, he has no eyebrows. The vein transfers I’m using on you are very similar to what we did on his head. In order to get continuity in a short span of time, I painted the veins all on the computer, then I printed them all as temporary tattoo transfers. It worked really well, we covered his whole head in veins in about 10 minutes.”

As well as having vein tattoos, no nose and no eyebrows, Coulier says, “He doesn’t wear contacts, but he’s got fake teeth, long fingernails, and we painted his hands. We did a lot of paint work around his eyes, little tips and tricks that make him look more intense. It was quite involved in the coloring.”