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We Need to Talk About Harry Potter’s Witch Hats

So you may or may not remember in the first scene of the Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone film where Dumbledore and Professor McGonagall wear cool, pointy wizard hats as they walk through Privet Drive.



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The same hats are spotted again amongst the crowds at Diagon Alley, among teachers at Hogwarts, and most iconically, on the students in the Great Hall at the end of the film where they throw them up in the air.



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As one Reddit user said, “They threw them up into the air and forget them.” That’s exactly what happened. 


The fashion of Hogwarts slowly deteriorates as the films progress with McGonagall losing her hat and even the holy trinity of Harry, Hermione, and Ron abandoning their robes by the final film. What is the deal with the small, but consistent deterioration and forgotten fashion staples of Hogwarts? 


The author herself tried to explain away these inconsistencies in the hats of Hogwarts, but I’m just not convinced. “Standard wizard clothing comprises plain robes, worn with or without the traditional pointed hat, and will always be worn on such formal occasions as christenings, weddings and funerals.” Rowling also noted that the pointed hats are a “matter of cultural pride.” If they truly are, then explain to me why even the most anti-muggle witches and wizards are seen without them on a regular basis. 



A very apparent inconsistency of hats in the films is clearly seen at the wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One.



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All but one of the wedding’s attendees are wearing hats. ONE.



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If we’re still going by the rules as explained by Rowling, all of the wedding’s attendees should have been wearing their hats. As absurd as they may have looked, they are supposed to be a crucial part of a witch or wizard’s attire at weddings. 


Another explanation to where the pointed hats have gone can be attributed to Reddit user TheMockingjay which explained, “Umbridge burned them.” 


The only way to truly find out what happened is in J.K. Rowling’s next book, Harry Potter and the Return of the Wizard Hats


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Guess Whose Gravestone J. K. Rowling Just Tweeted!

Everybody’s favorite British novelist, J. K. Rowling, has taken to Twitter to show us an interesting piece being shown on the Potter exhibition at the British Library. It took no time at all for Catherine Massey to guess correctly that it was Nicolas Flamel’s real gravestone! 




Potter-ites know Nicolas Flamel as the man who sacrificed his life in the first Harry Potter book to make sure that Voldemort did not get his hands on the Philosopher’s Stone. The Philosopher’s Stone was created as an elixir of life in order to live an immortal life with his wife, ultimately dying at roughly 690-years-old.


J. K. Rowling based this character on the real Nicolas Flamel, who was a French scribe living from 1340-1418. Flamel became known as an alchemist posthumously as people began speculating about his creation of the Philosopher’s Stone in the 17th century. Rowling took creative license with this storyline and created a relationship between Dumbledore and the very much alive Flamel. 


Flamel’s tombstone, which he is said to have created, is usually on display at the Musee de Cluny in Paris. For a limited time it is on display now at the Potter exhibition at the British Library! 


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