Unless you’ve been living like Robinson Crusoe, you’re probably extremely aware that this weekend is the beginning of the end: the last Harry Potter movie opens in theaters this Friday, and with it, the saga of Mr. Harry Potter draws to a close. Many moviegoers will watch the films and celebrate the story in style – robes, costumes, the works. But what if you want to give a more subtle nod to the books and films that meant so much?
Fortunately, there are a lot of ways to incorporate a little Pottermania into your look without looking like you’ve just stepped out of Madam Malkin’s Robes for All Occasions. And, you don’t need a ton of galleons or sickles to look awesome!
One note of caution – don’t wear the Dark Mark, since it’s basically the symbol of genocide. And on that note, avoid the lightning bolt jewelry that’s shaped like the SS symbols. I know it’s probably not intentional, but there are other options out there if you want to rock the scar. There is no need to make such a magical night into something full of hate and fear. That’s what Voldemort would do (and Barty Crouch did do at the Quidditch World Cup, so you know). Don’t be like Voldemort (or Barty).
Well, now that that’s out of the way, let’s shift around awkwardly in our chairs until the mood lightens. Yes, I was surprised at the revelations of Snape’s character, too. No, I don’t suppose I’d like it if I had to worry about my chocolates hopping away from me. OK, I think that’s good – now on to style!
Custom painted shoes ““ I seriously love these shoes. The art is done by Paperandpinfeathers on a variety of canvas shoes , and it completely captures the essence of Harry Potter. Between the shoes painted to look like the covers of the books to the collages of Hogwarts and the magical (and dangerous) world that Harry gets drawn into, there’s something out there for everyone. These shoes can be paired with any number of Muggle outfits, or I suppose you can go all out and wear them with your Hogwarts uniform.
Luna Lovegood’s dirigible plum/radish earrings ““ If the shoes aren’t your speed, how about some dirigible plum/radish earrings? Maybe it’s the plant scientist in me, but I love love love these earrings. The best parts of the Harry Potter books were all the fun, little details and the interest and strength of the supporting characters (especially the Weasley Twins, Neville Longbottom, and Professor McGonagall). Kind, earnest, loopy Luna Lovegood speaks to my soul. There are several styles of radish earring to choose from, but my favorite is this simple play on old-timey botanical prints.
DIY Harry Potter Book Stars embroidery ““ Persephone’s own Nanna Freeman is the genius behind this little number. She used embroidery thread and free handed the design onto the hip and shoulder of a plain black t-shirt. Lovely, isn’t it? The whimsical, simple stars that mark each page of the book instantly bring the mind the magic and wonder that the books contained. I am a sucker for subtlety, and these little stars subtly call to mind how much fun I had trying to guess the riddles in the Goblet of Fire and the sense of awe at being exposed to this whole new world in the Philosopher’s Stone. I started reading the books in middle school, and when the final one was released after I finished college, it neatly bookended a particularly turbulent, exciting, and formative time in my life. That’s what those stars mean to me, and this embroidery project allows anyone to carry those stars with them anywhere.
What will you wear to the movies? Do you ever add a little Harry Potter to your day to day life? Is there anything from the books or movies that you wish you had in real life? (Aside from Rupert Grint, everybody – I’ve been on Tumblr, I know what people are saying.)