Cornelius Fudge wearing a bowler

"Oh, you may not think I'm pretty,
But don't judge on what you see,
I'll eat myself if you can find a smarter hat than me.
You can keep your bowlers black;
Your top hats sleek and tall,
For I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat
And I can cap them all.
"
—The Hogwarts Sorting Hat's song from 1991[src]

A bowler (also called a derby in the United States) was a type of hat with a domed top and a narrow, slightly-upturned brim.[1]

History

In 1926, Man-Hat-On Milliners for Wizards ran an advertisement in the The New York Ghost noting the many hat styles they sold, including "derbys."[2]

In 1991, the Sorting Hat sang a song to welcome students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, which included the line "You can keep your bowlers black."[3]

Cornelius Fudge was noted to have worn a lime-green bowler during his tenure as Minister for Magic in the 1990s.[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Alastor Moody wore a bowler hat to disguise himself as a Muggle in London, and also mainly to cover up his magical eye.[10][11]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. "Bowler hat" on Wikipedia
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14 (Cornelius Fudge)
  5. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 30 (The Pensieve)
  7. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 36 (The Parting of the Ways)
  8. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 1 (The Other Minister)
  9. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 (St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
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