12 Times The Costumes In Harry Potter Movies Gave Us More Hints Than J. K. Rowling

Without its flawless costuming, viewers would not have been able to visualize the Harry Potter series or the Wizarding World in general. Characters like Voldemort appeared as menacing as they should have, and lavish events like the Yule Ball appeared beautiful and elegant. The costumes in the movies appeared real, and even life at Hogwarts seemed somewhat plausible.
The first movie's costume designer Judianna Makovsky, the second movie's costume designer Lindy Hemming, and the sixth movie's wardrobe producer Jany Temime all contributed to this. Most fans are unaware of many of the details that Temime has revealed about the costumes.
By repeatedly viewing our favorite scenes, we could also discover something new in the movies each time. In fact, costume designers of the franchise have frequently used clothing to convey hints to us about characters and storylines. Scroll down to see what sort of hints you might have missed.

#1 The medieval outfits of Bellatrix Lestrange

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The costume designer acknowledged in one of the interviews that Bellatrix is one of her favorite characters and that creating her costumes was a true joy. Bellatrix's maiden name was Black, which explains why all of her clothing is black. It was crucial to emphasize that she is descended from a legendary noble family. Her attire, which features recognizable medieval fashion elements, reflects this.Pay attention to the sleeves; they were laced up, just like Lestrange's dresses, during the medieval era rather than being sewn. Her skirt's cropped hem is another crucial component. Ladies wore train-adorned dresses during that era. Its length varied according to her social standing. Fashionistas were asked for paper at the city's entrance to verify that they were actually permitted to wear trains of a particular length. It was terminated if it didn't fit her status.
Bellatrix might have slightly exaggerated her social standing. Lestrange also frequently dons a corset, which is an essential component of a medieval outfit.

#2 The friends’ hoodies

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The main characters' transition from children to teenagers in the third part should have been obvious from their appearance. The costume designer claimed that she wanted to give the wizards' attire a contemporary appearance so that they wouldn't appear to be magicians but rather like their peers who were watching them on the other side of the screen. This is the reason Hermione, Ron, and Harry began to appear in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban wearing regular jeans and hoodies.
Additionally, viewers observed that as the characters aged, Ron and Hermione's clothing styles resembled one another. For instance, they each have striped hoodies on. Maybe the purpose of this is to highlight the sweet romantic chemistry that is slowly developing between them. Harry's clothing stands out among this group of three at the same time. It's not for nothing because he eventually takes a significant step away from his friends.

#3 Molly Weasley’s knitted dresses

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The Weasley family, as we all know, is not the wealthiest in the neighborhood, so Molly knits her own clothes rather than purchasing expensive, trendy clothing for herself. She gives her loved ones handmade sweaters for Christmas. She is dressed in a dress made of vibrant yarn. This yarn is most likely made from the leftovers of the endless sweaters, socks, and other items that Molly knits for her family, so you can bet on that.
Molly simply adds knitted details to the hem or sleeves of her dresses to embellish them. She wants to feel beautiful despite her financial difficulties, just like any other woman.

#4 The outfits of other schools’ pupils

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Students from other schools can be seen arriving at the competition in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, including sweet girls from Beauxbatons Academy of Magic and tough guys from Durmstrang Institute for Magical Learning. The costume designer claimed that she had constructed a mental "melting cauldron" in which she was searching for ideas from various cultures and folklore.
The uniform for the girls thus refers to France. First, the blue color traditionally plays a big role in the culture of this country. Second, as is customary for French women, the visitors are donning hats. Not for nothing did they wear light, airy dresses, and capes, which are inappropriate for a cold climate. This was done to highlight how fleeting and airy they were. It makes sense why Ron referred to them as heavenly creatures.
With their cozy crimson robes, fur hats, and capes, the students from Durmstrang were outfitted to the nines. The costume designers drew inspiration from Slavic folktales from the Habsburg era to make their attire. This heavyweight uniform was designed to highlight how completely different this culture is.

#5 The changing costumes of Dolores Umbridge

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It was crucial to emphasize Dolores' power in her image. We observe that she is conservative in nature, much like many other influential people. She uses the same colors and has the same hairstyle, for instance. Pink is Umbridge's favorite color, but as the story progresses, its shades shift.
In response to this, the costume designer said, "I started with a lighter pink, and then as the film developed the pinks get hotter and hotter and hotter because she's getting more and more hysterical." However, Dolores defies the stereotype of the villain with her appearance. The apparent softness conceals the utmost cruelty, and the designers purposefully played with contrast to make the character more interesting and sinister at the same time. Even the costume designer admitted that working with so much wool and mohair was a first for her.

#6 Gilderoy Lockhart’s wig

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The professor of Defense against the Dark Arts in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets has a wig on his desk, as keen viewers will notice. We will discover in due course that Lockhart is a liar who was deceiving everyone and had performed no feats. In other words, he lies about everything, even his fake golden curls.

#7 The scarves of Hermione, Ron, and Harry

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The costume designers made the choice to use a scarf as a small detail to allude to each person's character. If you pay attention, you'll notice that each character connects the dots in their own special way. Following the rules, Hermione tightens it as neatly as she can. The scarf's tail is thrown over Harry's shoulder. This accessory is not tied in any way by Ron.

#8 Severus Snape and Gryffindor’s scarf

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One of the most contentious characters is Severus Snape. The Gryffindor striped scarf that is hanging on the wall in the scene where he is killed is there for a reason. Perhaps he represents Severus' true nature, and Slytherin was not where he should have ended up in due course.
In the book, Dumbledore once says, "Sometimes I believe we sort too soon," in reference to the distribution of students by faculty. Maybe the professor was correct. The scarf hanging in the closet might be trying to tell us that things can improve.

#9 Neville Longbottom’s reminder

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Many people have an early impression of Neville as being zany. Despite coming from a long line of wizards, he struggles with magic and frequently finds himself in uncomfortable circumstances.
As a result, he receives a reminder that turns red when its owner forgets something in a scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Neville admits to his friends that the issue is that he can't recall exactly what slipped his mind. The students nearby are all dressed in robes, so if we look closer, we can see that Neville forgot his.
But as he gets older, Neville gains power and strength, and in the final act of the story, he develops into a valiant hero. An intriguing detail is that he appeared to have imitated his father's expression from an old photograph in the final battle for Hogwarts. Maybe that is the main idea behind generational continuity.

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Neville Longbottom eventually eliminates Nagini snake, Lord Voldemort's penultimate Horcrux.

#10 Number 7 on Harry’s Quidditch uniform

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Harry Potter plays Quidditch as number 7 in the series, as devoted fans may have noticed. In J.K. Rowling's world, the number 7 actually has symbolic meaning. Additionally, Harry was the last of Lord Voldemort's seven Horcruxes, which is also highly symbolic. The choice of this number for the Quidditch uniform, according to the costume designer, is a nod to David Beckham, who once wore this number while playing.

#11 Hagrid’s pink umbrella

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Hagrid's appearance is quite deceiving because at first glance, he appears to be a contented, stern giant dressed in a worn-out fur coat. Behind this somewhat abrasive exterior, though, is a kind and sensitive soul.
Hagrid's magic wand, as we all know, was broken while he was a student at the Ministry of Magic, so he no longer has it. He did, however, keep a piece of the wand and put it inside an umbrella. Pink is a tender and sensitive color, which reflects well on Hagrid as a person. Remember how he embellished his old coat with a sizable flower-shaped brooch to try to impress Madame Maxime when she showed up at the wizards' tournament?

#12 The change of Lucius Malfoy’s wardrobe

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One of the most popular figures in the world of Harry Potter is Lucius. He always wears impeccable attire, and like a true dandy, he even walks with a stick. However, we can see that his clothing style changes in the final section, prior to the decisive Battle of Hogwarts. He is now a warrior instead of an aristocrat. His brand-new armor-like quilted leather outfit has enormous shoulders.
The number of Azkaban prisoners is tattooed on Lucius' neck in the final scene of the film. Overall, it is evident that he changed after leaving Azkaban: he lost his gloss, stopped shaving, and stopped taking care of his hair. As a result, the villain's moral and physical defeat is made clear by the story's conclusion.
Who among Rowling's magical characters is your favorite? Which costume do you think people will remember the most?
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