The Most Stylish Moments in 'Harry Potter'

by Rosie Narasaki

Let's be honest, fashion isn't the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Harry Potter. A childhood spent wishing for an owl-delivered Hogwarts acceptance letter on one's eleventh birthday? Yes. Dressing up in striped ties and oversized robes for the midnight movie premieres? Yes. Reading and re-reading the series over and over again between book releases? Yes. Getting in heated debates over which house you'd be sorted into? Yes. Daniel Radcliffe going full-frontal in Equus on Broadway? Yes.

Fashion? Not so much.

It may not be a aesthetically gorgeous fantasy fandom, a la Game of Thrones or Lord of the Rings, but it does have its own distinct brand of whimsical charm. From the hand-knit Weasley jumpers to Dumbledore's lush velvet robes and luxe tassels, there's no denying that the HP universe has it's own special sense of style. Heck, Luna Lovegood's ultra-quirky fashion (both in the films and movies) has been a personal source of style inspiration since she first came on the scene way back in 2003.

So, in honor of Harry's 24th birthday (and J.K. Rowling's 49th — happy birthday, J.K.!), let's take a look at some of the films' best style moments.

1. The Ladies of Beauxbatons in Goblet of Fire

I don't know about you, but I've wanted one of those little blue hats for almost a full decade now.

2. The Lovegoods in Deathly Hallows

Their matching sunflower yellow ensembles are pretty hard to beat (and so is their dancing).

3. The Trio in Deathly Hallows

Their wedding/going incognito outfits were quite sharp, no? A big improvement on their dress robes from the Yule Ball, in any case (with the exception of Hermione, who looked great at both events). Speaking of which:

4. Hermione in Goblet of Fire

I could never fully get on board with this dress, because I am a staunch book fan, and I WANTED MY PERIWINKLE DRESS, DAMMIT. Digressions aside, it's a lovely gown, and Emma Watson wore it like the high-fashion it-girl she is.

5. Dumbledore in Sorcerer's Stone

The man was a fashion plate from book one on. (And judging from Pensieve flashbacks, he was fashionable well before the start of the series, if his "plum velvet" suit was any indication).

6. The Malfoys in Half-Blood Prince

Pass the peroxide, please: the Malfoys might just be the most stylish family on the planet.

7. Bellatrix Lestrange in Half-Blood Prince

Crazy eyes and Unforgivable Curses aside, there's no denying Ms. Lestrange's fashion sense.

8. Snape in Deathly Hallows

Come on, you know if turning into a bat was possible in real life, they'd be doing it on all the hottest runway shows.

9. Fleur in Deathly Hallows

Fleur was always fashionable (heck, she's French), but her wedding gown was especially fabulous — it looks as if it came straight from Monique Lhuillier.

10. Luna Lovegood in Order of the Phoenix

What an entrance — from her royal blue tights, to her star-spangled skirt, to her pink tweed coat, to her signature Spectrespecs, Luna Lovegood will always be my style hero.

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