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Clothes from the Harry Potter books that we wish we owned

The wand might make the wizard, but it’s the cloak that makes you cool.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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.

Harry’s Invisibility Cloak

The Invisibility Cloak
© JKR/Pottermore Ltd. ™ Warner Bros.

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.

This left only one parcel. Harry picked it up and felt it. It was very light. He unwrapped it.

Something fluid and silvery grey went slithering to the floor, where it lay in gleaming folds. Ron gasped.

‘I’ve heard of those,’ he said in a hushed voice, dropping the box of Every-Flavour Beans he’d got from Hermione. ‘If that’s what I think it is – they’re really rare, and really valuable.’

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Hermione’s Yule Ball dress

An illusration of Hermione in her Yule Ball dress
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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.

It was Hermione.

But she didn’t look like Hermione at all. She had done something with her hair; it was no longer bushy, but sleek and shiny, and twisted up into an elegant knot at the back of her head. She was wearing robes made of a floaty, periwinkle-blue material, and she was holding herself differently, somehow – or maybe it was merely the absence of the twenty or so books she usually had slung over her back.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

A Molly Weasley jumper

Illustration of Molly Weasley from the second Order of the Phoenix infographic
Molly Weasley. © JKR/Pottermore Ltd.™ Warner Bros.

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, 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.

Percy Weasley stuck his head through the door, looking disapproving. He had clearly come halfway through unwrapping his presents as he, too, carried a lumpy jumper over his arm, which Fred seized.

‘P for prefect! Get it on, Percy, come on, we’re all wearing ours, even Harry got one.’

‘I – don’t – want –’ said Percy thickly, as the twins forced the jumper over his head, knocking his glasses askew.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Dobby’s sock of freedom!

Dobby holds the sock which grants his freedom from the Malfoys.
© JKR/Pottermore Ltd. ™ Warner Bros.

More or less the antithesis of Hermione’s baby blue bombshell of a dress, Dobby’s sock was horrid. 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.

But Dobby didn’t move. He was holding up Harry’s disgusting, slimy sock, and looking at it as though it were a priceless treasure.

‘Master has given Dobby a sock,’ said the elf in wonderment. ‘Master gave it to Dobby.’

‘What’s that?’ spat Mr Malfoy. ‘What did you say?’

‘Dobby has got a sock,’ said Dobby in disbelief. ‘Master threw it, and Dobby caught it, and Dobby – Dobby is free.’

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

The Sorting Hat

The Sorting Hat from the Philosopher's Stone
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

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.

Harry quickly looked down again as Professor McGonagall silently placed a four-legged stool in front of the first-years. On top of the stool she put a pointed wizard’s hat. This hat was patched and frayed and extremely dirty. Aunt Petunia wouldn’t have let it in the house.

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

Luna’s Lion Hat

Luna wearing her Gryffindor roaring lion hat
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Imagine the attention this little showstopper would bring to our life. And who doesn’t love lions? We rest our case.

‘Hello,’ said a vague and dreamy voice from behind them. Harry looked up: Luna Lovegood had drifted over from the Ravenclaw table. Many people were staring at her and a few were openly laughing and pointing; she had managed to procure a hat shaped like a life-size lion’s head, which was perched precariously on her head.

‘I’m supporting Gryffindor,’ said Luna, pointing unnecessarily at her hat. ‘Look what it does ...’

She reached up and tapped the hat with her wand. It opened its mouth wide and gave an extremely realistic roar that made everyone in the vicinity jump.

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Which item of wizards or witches clothing would you want for your wardrobe?