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"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 top hat is a type of hat, characterised by its broad brim and high, flat-crowned top.[4]

History

The Transforming Rabbit

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 top hats.[5]

The Sorting Hat's song at the 1991 Sorting ceremony mentioned the wearing of top hats in its lyrics.[6]

On 25 December 1991 (Christmas Day), Minerva McGonagall received a top hat from a Wizard Cracker.[3]

In 1993, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ronald Weasley came across a Transforming rabbit, a magical breed of rabbit with the ability to transform into a silk black top hat, in the Magical Menagerie, Diagon Alley.[7]

The wizard Dedalus Diggle was known to wear a mauve top hat,[1] which he wore as a member of the Advance Guard in 1995.[2]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 3 (The Advance Guard)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
  4. "Top hat" on Wikipedia
  5. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
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