Hogwarts Yule Ball Couture

Even though the next Tri-Wizard Tournament is not scheduled till 2019, word has it that the Hogwarts students have since insisted that the Yule Ball be an annual event. And who can blame them, since most days they have to wear robes and there’s nowhere really to take a date besides Hogsmeade?

Here’s what’s trending this year in the wizarding world.

In Ravenclaw Tower, the catchphrase is “Make Bronze Great Again.” Let’s be honest, the movies perpetuated a false idea that Ravenclaw’s colors were blue and silver, when every student at Hogwarts knows they are really blue and bronze. The trendiest witches this year are doing all they can to reclaim their roots.

Ravenclaw 2017

Marcella earrings, $180 (here)

Gryffindor has long been known for its daring and nerve, which is why this year’s Yule Ball fashions are saying “All eyes on me!” But the lion pride of witches wants everyone to know they have a softer side too, so watch for frilly details like bows and ruffles this season. The ROAR a la Lily Evans Potter plus the AWW a la Lily Luna Potter equals a hearty Gryffindor RAWR.

Gryffindor 2017

Lion ring, $30 (here) | Valentino bow pumps, retail $825, on sale (here) for $199 | Toriska clutch (here)

Those patient little badgers have been waiting all year to say, “Look, this sweet skirt may represent fair play, but this lacy crop top is not playing fair!” Some say this attitude was inspired by last year’s Head Boy Teddy Lupin, but regardless, Hufflepuff’s coming out so you’d better get this party started, Hogwarts.

Hufflepuff 2017

Amelia Full yellow maxi skirt, $75 (here) | Linda Flora bracelet, $29 (here) | Betsy Johnson flats, $99 (here)

The latest trend in Slytherin House is the vampy pantsuit, noting that it suits them, as Albus Dumbledore once said, to have “a certain disregard for the rules.” But if some unwritten rule said not wearing a dress to the Yule Ball was wrong, we don’t want to be right! These serpents are turning the rules on their heads … and turning all heads on their new rules.

Slytherin 2017

Jumpsuit #1, $67 (here) | Jumpsuit #3, $33 (here) | Jumpsuit #4, retail $240, on sale (here) for $97 | Snake on vine necklace, $75 (here) | Antique snake necklace (here)

Your turn to weigh in: Which was your favorite look? Is it from the Hogwarts House you’re in? Would you wear any of these outfits in the muggle world?

Harry Potter questions

I have been re-watching the movies (in reverse … strange, I know), and I have just a few questions.  Now, granted, some of these are probably addressed in the books and I’ve just forgotten.  I know that movies have to condense things so much that a lot is lost, but still …

* Do you really think that the Gryffindor commons room would be empty by 1am on a Saturday night?  It was in Goblet of Fire.  I think of my freshman year of college (all of college actually) and how my usual bedtime was 2am.  Would unsupervised teenagers really go to bed so early?  Were there lights-out rules in the books?

* How did Barty Crouch, Jr. (disguised as Moody) manage to finagle Harry out of the tournament arena after Cedric died?  Didn’t people have some pretty major questions to ask Harry at that time, being he was the only eye-witness to the death?

* Rowling herself has said there are about a thousand students at Hogwarts.  That doesn’t add up to me.  There are 5 Gryffindor boys in Harry’s year (Harry, Ron, Neville, Dean, Seamus) and five girls (Hermione, Lavendar, Parvati, and two unnamed Gryffindor girls).  That’s 10.  If there are 10 in each year, that’s 70 in the house.  That means 280 total in all four houses.  Is Harry’s year just an unusually small sampling?

* Where does Grawp live, even beyond OOTP?  Does he just stay in the forest?

* Why in the world did they have deatheaters burn the Burrow down in Half-Blood Prince?  How did they rebuild it in time for Bill and Fleur’s wedding?

* How much does it suck that they left out the Percy storyline and the Teddy Lupin storyline?

* I thought I saw George’s ear in both parts of Hallows, even though it was supposed to be cursed off.  Does that seem like an easy CGI move?

* In Hallows, when there are the seven Harry Potters, doesn’t it seem like a giant oversight of the Order to not have had them all (including the aurors) use polyjuice potion to transform into, say, some unknown muggles?  Seems far less dangerous.  And more confusing for the deatheaters.

* Why didn’t Voldemort kill Harry when he was standing over him at the Ministry in OOTP?  “Avada Kedava” doesn’t take that long to say.  Although Dumbledore was there, so …

* If it was THAT easy to kill someone (waving a wand and saying two words), isn’t it hard to imagine that there wouldn’t have been far more deaths in the wizarding community?  When you think of the stupid things that muggles fight over, it seems to me like the death toll would have been much higher.  And even in OOTP, the deatheaters are still shouting “stupify”– why wouldn’t they just go for the kill?

* Same thing as far as polyjuice potion: don’t you think it would have been much more common for people to sneak around as someone else?  Maybe it’s because it took so long to brew.

* They were going to shut down Hogwarts simply because the chamber of secrets was opened … but they didn’t shut it down after Cedric died or after Voldemort returned or after Snape and the Carrows took over?  Really?

I’m sure I have more questions.  I love that Jo Rowling made the wizarding world so real to us that we can even have these kinds of questions and discussions.  Would love to hear your thoughts, answers, or additional questions, friends!!

falling in love with fictional characters

Those of us who consider books to be among our best friends often find ourselves in this … situation … where we fall in love with people who don’t exist.

How many of us have wished to be bosom friends with Anne Shirley or to play Himmel Street soccer with Liesel Meminger and Rudy Steiner?  How many finished that epilogue in Deathly Hallows and then cried because our adventures with the Hogwarts trio were over?  And I know that I discover “my perfect boyfriend” from time to time– someone who exists only in the ink on pages– Gilbert Blythe, Jonah Griggs, Augustus Waters.

When I think of all the friends I’ve made through literature, I’m reminded of the power of books.  I hope I can create characters whom people consider friends someday.

Molly Grue, Stargirl Carraway, Leslie Burke and Jess Aarons, the Pevensie siblings, Dickon, Winnie Foster and Jesse Tuck, Swede Land, Cal Trask, Pi Patel, Diana Barry, Prince Caspian, Richard Parker, Max Vandenburg … who are your best literary friends?