Harry Potter: New Movie, New Book, Fashion Inspiration?

Somehow, I managed to forget about the whole Harry Potter thing for a while. I’ve read all the books, and I’ve seen all the movies, but I wouldn’t consider myself obsessed or anything. And with years to wait in between installments, it’s hard to stay invested in the series.

So it took me by surprise when I recently realized that the next movie, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, opens on July 11, and the next and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, comes out on July 21.

I’m kind of astonished that there hasn’t been more hype about this double dose of Harry. Maybe if J.K. Rowling or Daniel Radcliffe spent some time in jail or rehab, I’d be more aware of these things.

Now that I know, though, I’m pretty psyched.

Apparently the Harry hype hasn’t gone unnoticed by everyone. One place he’s making his influence felt is…fall fashion?

According to Australia’s Brisbane Times, the Harry Potter phenomenon has already popularized small round spectacles, and soon enough we muggles will also be wearing blazers and striped, v-neck sweaters over shirts and ties. “Geek chic with a hint of magic” may also include robes and capes, or owls, bats, and rats as accents.

I don’t think I’ll be buying any black silk capes anytime soon, but I am wondering if I have time to re-watch the first four movies by July 11 and re-read the first six books by July 21…

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