Harry Potter - A Franchise Built on Magical Style

I don’t know about you, but this time of year I get that fun feeling of anticipation for fall. I’m looking forward to the air cooling a bit, the local pumpkin farm festival, and something my wife and I love: Halloween.

What are you dressing up like this year? With the new Harry Potter play out, I’m thinking this year may be a wizard theme. :)

The world of Harry Potter has definitely taken our us by storm for many years. Birthday parties, Halloween costumes, toys, games – the works – it has all made its way through our house time after time.

For me, however, the movies originally came out when I was younger, and I don't think I paid attention to all the outstanding detail. Besides being the highest grossing film franchise of all time up until 2015 when they were dethroned by Marvel, Harry Potter has brought in over $7.7 billion at the box office. The franchise, over the course of eight films, saw 12 Academy award nominations. The one I was most excited about came out of, "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone” – Best Costume Design.

I almost couldn't believe the level of detail. Every single stitch seemed to be intentionally placed, and the film was then reviewed by the costume designer members of the art directors branch of the Academy. Intrigued, perhaps a little biased in my profession, I went online and looked into the history of the award. Long story short – for about 15 years there were two categories: black-and-white and color. Fantasy films typically dominated the color category until the two awards were merged into one later down the line when black-and-white became virtually nonexistent.

As for the case of Harry Potter, the more we watched, the more I wasn't surprised by the award. Every single student at Hogwarts wears an impeccable school uniform, and when you're training to become a witch or wizard, who wouldn't want to display the best in style? From the white shirt and the sweater v-collar to the epic robe with all the Hogwarts ‘House’ insignias, and (most importantly) the two-color banded tie!

Part of the allure of Harry Potter has to be the classy costumes and classy striped neckties. :)

You really can’t go wrong with stripes. If you don’t have a striped tie and want to show your Harry Potter pride, check out this one:


Anyways, thanks for reading! I’ll try not to miss my September in anticipation of October. You do the same. :)