November 5th, 2011 by Karen
I learned something about myself this Halloween: If it were socially acceptable to wear a Hogwarts uniform every day, I would. I really would.
At first, I wasn’t going to do anything for Halloween this year. I was all grouchy, like: “Halloween is on a Monday. That’s lame. No Halloween for me. Blarg blarg blah blah complain…”
But it turns out that Halloween is my friend’s birthday, and she wanted to celebrate by going to the New York City Halloween Parade. So I dusted off my LeakyCon outfit, and then something surprising happened: I got very, very excited. There really is something magical about the world of Harry Potter, after all!
So what did I do? I wore my Hogwarts uniform ALL DAY. Yes. I proudly donned my Hufflepuff tie and house crest at the office. And luckily, I work at Scholastic (the American publishers of Harry Potter), so no one laughed and pointed. Everyone was really delighted, in fact!
Although I did have to exchange words with one co-worker who called out, “Hi, Hermione!” And I was like, “Dude, I’m a Hufflepuff. Hermione was in Gryffindor. Get it straight.” C’mon, people…
The day after Halloween, I was extremely sad to wear normal Muggle clothes again. So now I’m seriously looking for some Hufflepuff pajamas, so I can at least dress like a Hogwarts student every night.
But also, I realized that I can put together outfits that remind me of other books! For example, one day I looked down and noticed that my dress perfectly matched the cover of the book I was reading:
That was a coincidence, but check out what I call “my Hunger Games outfit” — which was definitely deliberate on my part:
What’s next? I haven’t decided yet! Any ideas for me (or for yourself)? Tell me in the comments!
Karen is a Hufflepuff through and through. She was even sorted into Hufflepuff on Pottermore! If you’re also on Pottermore, friend her: AccioOak58