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Socks are short stockings that reach a point between the ankle and the knee. Socks appear numerous times in the Harry Potter books.

On Harry Potter's tenth birthday in 1990, he was given a pair of Vernon Dursley's old socks, and a coat hanger.

On Hallowe'en 1991, when Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley went to search for Hermione Granger to save her from the mountain troll that had been let into Hogwarts, Harry detected an odour that smelled like "a mixture of old socks and the kind of public toilet no one seems to clean."[1] Later that near, not long after Christmas, when Harry was caught staring at the Mirror of Erised by Albus Dumbledore, he asked Dumbledore what he sees when he looks in the mirror. Dumbledore lied that he sees himself holding a pair of thick, woolen socks, noting that one can never have too many socks.[2]

In 1993, Harry Potter tricked Lucius Malfoy into freeing his House-elf Dobby by placing one of his socks into the diary that he handed back to Malfoy. Dobby later tells Harry that socks are his favourite clothing. Because he was only given one sock, he thinks that they are worn mixed up. A pair of socks is placed in Dobby's grave after his death. The Dursleys often give Harry socks as birthday and Christmas gifts. One of the socks Harry was given held his sneakoscope until the sock was given to Dobby.

On Christmas 1993, Ronald Weasley received a pair of maroon socks apparently knitted by his mother as a Christmas gift, even though he didn't really care for the colour.[3]

During the summer holidays of 1995, after receiving his Prefect badge, he kept moving it about to various places to try to get a better effect. After Fred and George Weasley offered to attach it to his forehead with a Permanent Sticking Charm, he wrapped it tenderly in his maroon socks and locked it in his trunk.[4]

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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 10 - (Hallowe'en)
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 - (The Mirror of Erised)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 - (The Firebolt)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 9 - (The Woes of Mrs Weasley)

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