Fashion doesn’t often take centre stage in the wizarding world. Just look at Dedalus Diggle’s top hats, or Ron’s fetching lace-cuffed dress robes. And in some cases, wizards just hate wearing trousers. Nonetheless, there are certain moments from the Harry Potter books that are quite fashionable actually, and there are a fair few items we would love to don. These are our top ranked.
Alright, so this is more of a practical choice than a fashion choice, seeing as you can’t actually, err, be seen wearing it, but if we’re raiding Harry Potter characters’ wardrobes, come on – this is obviously the top pick. Firstly, it’s one of the Deathly Hallows, so it’s extremely rare and valuable, and also it’s a beloved Potter family heirloom, passed on to Harry through generations. And beyond all of that, it makes you invisible. Don’t want to talk to someone? Invisibility cloak. Fancy knocking off work early? Invisibility cloak. Frankly, the cloak was chronically underused by Harry, and we feel strongly that we are the strongest candidates to inherit it and put it to better use.
No character managed a more impactful entrance at the Yule Ball than Hermione, being escorted into the Great Hall in front of all of her peers on the arm of Triwizard champion and Quidditch star Viktor Krum, all right in front of Ron. That showed you, Ron. Her dress robes might not have had magical powers, but her beautiful periwinkle blue number (in the films, Hermione does it in pink) certainly had bewitching properties, and we’d quite like to borrow it to wear for our slightly less impressive parties.
Ron might’ve moaned about his mother’s jumpers, (‘...maroon again’) but we’re dying to get our hands on one. They were hand-knitted, thick and warm (perfect for Hogwarts weather) and emblazoned with the wearer’s initials for that personal touch. And what’s wrong with maroon, anyway?
So the Weasley jumpers might not have been as cool as Ron wished, but they represented important values that will always remind us of Molly: motherly love, warmth and the comforts of home.
Oh, Dobby's sock. It was ‘slimy’. It probably smelt. That, of course, was not really the fault of the sock, since it had the honour of enrobing both Dudley’s and Harry’s foot AND it spent a lot of time battling a Basilisk). (Harry was wearing the sock at the time. We’re not implying a sock took on the Basilisk.)
But despite a distinct lack of physical appeal, it represented an awful lot: freedom from persecution, friendship, the possibility of progress. And for that reason, we’d like to wear it. Privately, in our room, where no one could see (or smell) us.
It’s not that it was stylish. In fact, the Sorting Hat is known for being in a bit of a state, to be honest. No offence to the hat’s original owner, Godric Gryffindor. Naturally, we would want to wear the Sorting Hat for the very obvious reason to see what it thought of us – from the good, the bad and even the downright ugly.
Due to our Muggle statuses, it most likely wouldn’t be able to sort us into a Hogwarts house, but could we at the very least be told where we would be? From the horse’s mouth? Alright, hat’s mouth.
Imagine the attention this little showstopper would bring to our life. And who doesn’t love lions? We rest our case.
Which item of wizards or witches clothing would you want for your wardrobe?