Why Hogwarts Students Started Wearing Muggle Clothing In the Third Harry Potter Movie

Warner Bros. Ent. // Harry Potter Publishing J.K.R.
Warner Bros. Ent. // Harry Potter Publishing J.K.R.

We’re sure all Harry Potter die-hards think they’ve noticed just about every detail imaginable in both the book and movie series—or at least have tried to. As far as the films go, there are definitely new things to see with each fresh viewing, including seemingly minor details you might not have even thought were intentional. For example, did you ever notice that after Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the students at Hogwarts almost abandoned their robes entirely and began dressing like everyday Muggles? Well, that was on purpose.

In the first two films, wearing the Hogwarts uniform was considered very important and the kids were seen wearing their robes at nearly all times. But in 2004's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the students hardly ever wear their robes outside of the classroom. That's because costume designer Jany Temime, who worked on the last six films, had a different vision for the kids when she was brought on to the project.

“I thought that they should look normal, that they should look like normal kids,” Temime told InStyle in 2017. “I wanted a real feel. I wanted to make Harry Potter not a little story that you read in bed but something real. Because at the end of the day, they are teenagers coming from dysfunctional families, all of them, and then living together in a boarding school and all those kids have special gifts."

The third film is also when the students began to mature a bit, so it would make sense that they'd grow tired of their childhood robes and want to dress for themselves. So yes, they did dress like Muggles. But they also dressed like the teenagers they were.

A Friends Jewelry Collection Just Launched From Alex and Ani for the Show's 25th Anniversary

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The 25th anniversary of Friends is coming in September, and there is no shortage of ways you can celebrate, whether you binge-watch the series while drinking a cup of Central Perk coffee or head to a movie theater for a marathon of some of the show's standout episodes. Now, courtesy of jewelry outlet Alex and Ani, you can further flaunt your love of Friends with a line of new charm bracelets and necklaces inspired by episodes from the beloved '90s sitcom.

If you're looking for a gift for the Rachel to your Ross, Alex and Ani has a “You’re My Lobster” bracelet, featuring a charm of a little lobster and one with Phoebe’s famous advice. For your favorite coffee lover, you can get the Central Perk bracelet with the café’s logo and two little steaming coffee mugs. And for that friend that's always there to help you move, there's the gold Couch and Pivot Cluster Charm Bangle, which has multi-colored crystal charms, a couch charm, and one that, of course, reads “Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!”


Alex and Ani

The pieces in the Friends Alex and Ani collection run from $39-$49 and can be found on the company's website or at select retailers.

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[h/t US Weekly]

Netflix's Stranger Things Season 3 Video Is Full of Easter Eggs You Might Have Missed

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
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Stranger Things's third season was full of many surprising twists and turns, not to mention some awkward teen romances. While the gruesome Mind Flayer and the evil Russians were no doubt terrifying, the show kept its sweet touch of nostalgia due mainly to the fact that the Hawkins gang is now smack-dab in the middle of the 1980s.

It doesn’t take a keen eye to see many of the series's '80s references, particularly in the latest season. With scenes taking place at the new mall, references from the decade—including Hot Dog on a Stick, Sam Goody, and Back to the Future—are all part of the setting. However, creators Ross and Matt Duffer wanted to pay true homage to the decade, and thus left Easter eggs throughout the season that you likely missed.

Luckily for us, as BGR reports, Netflix has just released a video explaining the hidden references (with the New Coke debate, Mrs. Wheeler’s erotica novel, and Hopper’s Tom Selleck-inspired Hawaiian shirt among some of our favorites).

Check out the full video above and see what you missed!

[h/t BGR]

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