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.
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.
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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