"Everyone wears them, Ron! They're all like that! Your father's got some for smart parties!"
—The rewarding communitiy's use of dress robes[src]

Dress robes are a formal variety of robes worn by witches and wizards for special occasions. Dress robes could vary in style as much as everyday ones.


Harry Potter's first set of dress robes were cut in the same style as his school robes, but coloured green instead of black. By contrast, Ron Weasley's first dress robes were cut more like a dress and accessorised with a lace collar.[1]

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Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in their Yule Ball dress robes

During the 1994–1995 school year, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry hosted the Triwizard Tournament, which included the traditional Yule Ball in December.[2] For this occasion, students in the fourth year and above were required to bring dress robes in addition to their normal uniforms and equipment.[1]

Members of the Slug Club apparently wore dress robes when they attended the Slug Club Christmas party in December 1996,[3] and dress robes were worn to the Funeral of Albus Dumbledore. Those who attended the Wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour also wore dress robes, as they would have for any comparable party or special event.


1994 Yule Ball

Wizard(s) Notes
Ron Weasley Maroon velvet, trimmed with "mouldy-looking" lace at the neck and sleeves. Cut of the garment resembled a dress[1]
Harry Potter Bottle green, cut in the same style as Hogwarts school robes[1]
Parvati Patil Shocking pink, accessorised with gold hair ornaments and bracelets[2]
Padma Patil Bright turquoise[2]
Fleur Delacour Silver-grey satin[2]
Draco Malfoy Black velvet with a high collar. Harry thought they made him look like a vicar[2]
Pansy Parkinson Pale pink and "very frilly"[2]
Vincent Crabbe Green[2]
Gregory Goyle
Prof. McGonagall Red tartan, accessorised with a "rather ugly" wreath of thistles around her hat[2]
Hermione Granger Periwinkle blue and made of a "floaty" material[2]
Ludo Bagman Bright purple with large, yellow stars[2]
Mme. Maxime Gown of lavender silk[2]
Percy Weasley Navy blue[2]

1996 Slug Club Christmas party

Albus Dumbledore's Funeral

Individidual(s) Notes
Horace Slughorn Emerald green, trimmed with silver[4]
Madam Pince Thick black veil that feel to her knees[4]
Argus Filch Black suit reeking of mothballs[4]
Fred weasley Jackets of black dragon skin[4]
George Weasley
Grawp Jacket and trousers the size of a "small marquee"[4]

1997 wedding of Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour

Wizard(s) Notes
Various Witches The witches wore hats decorated with flowers and enchanted birds, and the cravats of the wizards' outfits were decorated with precious gems
Various wizards
Xenophilus Lovegood Egg-yolk yellow, with matching hat and golden necklace shaped like the sign of the Deathly Hallows
Luna Lovegood Bright yellow, accessorised with a large sunflower in her hair
Muriel Hat decorated with pink feathers
Hermione Granger Lilac dress made of a "floaty" material, with matching high heels
Molly Weasley Amethyst
Ginny Weasley Pale gold dresses
Gabrielle Delacour
Fleur Delacour "Very simple white dress", accessorised with Muriel's goblin-made tiara of moonstones and diamonds

Behind the scenes

  • In the films, the design of wizards' dress robes is based primarily on tuxedos and fancy suits, as they are worn at similarly formal events. Dress shirts, waistcoats, and ties/bowties are all components of these outfits. Witches' dress robes are for all intents and purposes equivalent to Muggle dresses or gowns. These can be full length – falling to the ankles – or only extend as far as the knees.
  • The dress robes portrayed in the films tend to have a lot more added decoration, including of beading, embroidery, frills, and intricate patterns in the fabric. The robes may also possess features that reflect something about the person wearing them:

Yule Ball

  • Dumstrang students have short, fur-lined capes as part of their dress robes, reflecting the heavy furs normally worn as part of their school uniforms.
  • Parvati and Padma Patil wear robes inspired by the sari,[5] a traditional Indian woman's dress.

Students' dress robes as portrayed in the films

Teachers' dress robes

Others' dress robes


Notes and references