Happy Labour Day to everyone in Canada and the United States. Most schools here in Canada reopen after Labour Day weekend, so thoughts of making lists and cracking open books are bouncing around in my head.
This is the time of year when I’d try to squeeze the last bit of fun out of the summer before school started up again, so I thought it would be amusing to stick to lighthearted material.
Today’s topic is something I jokingly mentioned in I’ll Tell You About My Draft Folder If You’ll Tell Me About Yours:
I’ve gotten multiple hits on my blog about Harry Potter characters wearing socks, Harry Potter characters who won’t wear socks, socks that feature Harry Potter characters, fuzzy socks, hand-knit socks, and just about any other sock-related query you can think of that so much as glances in the direction of the Potterverse. I am so tempted to write a full-length post on this topic. Would you write it?
According to my readers, the answer to that question was a resounding yes! I have accepted the fact that writing this post may result in even more people finding this blog in their quest to find answers to all things related to the Potterverse and socks, so let’s give them plenty of things to think about.
If you haven’t read J.K. Rowling’s famous series yet or need a refresher about the identities of the characters I’m about to mention, click on their names to read about them. Be warned that those links will contain spoilers!
Most – but certainly not all – of the questions I’m about to answer have showed up in my search logs at various points. The ones I added were somehow related to the queries I’ve already received.
For example, I remember seeing a question about the sock-wearing habits of Potterverse characters. It was a little vague, but it did get me thinking about this topic. I flipped that original query around a bit to make sure that every angle was covered.
My hope is that this post covers so many of people’s questions about this slice of the Potterverse and the Harry Potter fandom in general that everyone who finds it walks away feeling satisfied.
Where Do I find Novelty Potterverse Socks?
Amazon has dozens of entries on this topic, and I’ve received just as many queries about where to purchase such items. I can’t vouch for the durability or comfort of any of these styles, but they are most certainly out there. Someday when I run low on socks again, I may order a set or two and test them out for myself.
Am I Too Old to Wear Harry Potter Socks?
No one is ever too old for Potterverse socks or novelty socks in general. Why not do things that bring joy to your life, especially when it’s something as harmless and fun as this?
Which Harry Potter Characters Would Wear Socks?
Hermione Granger would wear them because she was a stickler for following rules. (Well, except when she wasn’t).
Dobby would wear them because being given a sock was how this house elf earned his freedom.
Which Harry Potter Characters Would Not Wear Socks?
Moaning Myrtle doesn’t strike me as the sort of person who worries about what’s on her feet. (Can ghosts be said to wear clothing in general, though? Or do they appear to wear clothing because that’s what they did in life?)
Luna Lovegood broke so many social conventions that I could also see her purposefully choosing not to wear socks.
Which Harry Potter Characters Would Lose Socks While Wearing Them?
Rubeus Hagrid. The poor guy had a knack for finding the hardest way to do just about anything.
Fred and George Weasley are the sort of characters who would come up with a spell to transport the dirty socks on their feet to the closest laundry basket, accidentally mis-pronounce one syllable in it, and end up blinking their socks out of existence entirely.
Potterverse Characters Who Should Have Been Socks
I’m tempted to say that all of the antagonists should have been socks instead of people, but that would have removed too much conflict from the plot. You need something or someone for the protagonists to struggle against, after all!
With that being said, someone as violent and cruel as Dolores Umbridge should have definitely been turned into a sock long before she became a professor at Hogwarts.
Socks That Should be Potterverse Characters
I think that any sock with a sassy message or a zany pattern would probably make for an interesting wizard. (My site doesn’t share affiliate links. That is simply a collection of socks that are attention-grabbing enough for me to imagine them as living, breathing people).
What Sorts of Socks do People Wear at Hogwarts?
Based on the references to Molly Weasley knitting sweaters and socks for the children in her life, my fan theory is that many wizards and witches wear hand-knitted socks. Perhaps some of them figure out a knitting spell to create “handmade” socks a little faster than usual if they have a long list of loved ones who need them.
This has no basis in anything I can remember from the Harry Potter books, but I’d also like to think that some socks may have been enchanted before they were gifted. It’s amusing to think there are wizards and witches in that universe whose feet never get wet or cold because of a thoughtful spell that was put onto their socks.
Ha! This was so fun! And I think Hagrid would do something creative with socks: his monstrous pets would probably just eat them, or he would just pet them (after all, they’d be gigantic and fluffy!).
Heh, thank you. Yes, Hagrid would absolutely do something creative with socks. And I’d never thought of his pets eating socks….but they probably would!
That’s something I never would have thought about. I’m a the color of my socks match the color of my pants kind of guy. I’ve mentioned my thoughts on Six of Crows on my blog.
Thank you. I’ll go check out your post later on today. It’s probably still in my RSS feed! 🙂
I make handknit socks, so I love your idea of putting a spell on the socks to keep feet dry or something similar. I mean, all I can put into my handknit socks is love, but the spell idea is a really fun one!
Heh, thanks. I’m impressed that you make hand knit socks! I’ve heard that can be tricky.