I do like the movies and the actors who portrayed the characters but one thing that got me was the actor who played Professor Quirell. When I read that he wore a turban I immediately pictured him as an Indian-European who believed in the religion Sikhism. I know that it’s a little thing to worry about, especially since he’s a minor character, but I was just a little upset about it.

Tamara Karsavina as Zobeida in Scheherazade. Photo by E.O. Hoppe, 1911.

Choreography by Mikhail Fokine. Music by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Costumes by Léon Bakst inspired a fashion for harem pants, turbans and floor cushions.

Tamara Platonovna Karsavina (1885-1978) was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev.


Vintage hair tutorial, “How to Tie a Turban”, from 1942.