Reel Style: “Harry Potter”-Inspired Wizards and Witches on the Runway

There was plenty on the runway for the wizarding world of "Harry Potter" to approve of this season, from sweeping black capes to fearsome all-black looks.

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A model walks the runway during the Chanel Ready to Wear Autumn/Winter 2011/2012 show during Paris Fashion Week at Grand Palais on March 8, 2011 in Paris, France.
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The final installment of the Harry Potter film series centers around an epic battle for Hogwarts between Lord Voldemort and the "Boy Who Lived." Surprisingly, there was plenty on the runway for the wizarding world to approve of this season, from sweeping black capes to fearsome all-black looks.
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The wizarding world clearly had its influence on Karl Lagerfeld, who created a number of nubby wool capes with dramatic gathered collars on his Fall 2011 runway.
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Costumes in the film run the gamut from modern day street clothes to traditional boarding school attire to dramatic wizarding ensembles, like these elaborately decorated suits of armor.
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Traditional British fabrics (like Neville Longbottom's Fairisle sweater) act as a visual tie to the film's UK location, while more elaborately conceived costumes like Bellatrix Lestrange's shredded black gowns offer more fantasy.
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For those for whom a dramatic cape seems a bit too severe an option, we'd recommend Alexander Wang's oversize poncho with cargo-inspired leather details.
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We could see the evil Bellatrix -- younger sister to Harry's godfather, Sirius Black -- reaching for one of Alex Wang's dramatic slashed velvet evening gowns.
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Something telsl us that Luna Lovegood, Harry's psychic schoolmate, would approve of this dreamy look from Christian Dior couture.
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Also from Dior, rich royal blues and shiny green silk made for a magical fall palette.
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If the Quidditch team every went for new uniforms, they might consider this sporty striped cape from Derek Lam.
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Emerald green embroidery and lush purple velvet at Anna Sui called to mind one of Potter's eccentric Hogwarts professors.
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Lanvin's poufy black dress has a slightly menacing, "dark magic" appeal.
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Likewise, Lanvin's floppy brimmed caps are a must-have accessory for all budding wizards and witches.
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Striking a similarly dark chord, the combination of an all-black gown and a dramatic lace mask adds an air of witchy mystique.
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Rugby stripes and preppy plaid separates at DKNY could double as a fashion-forward Gryffindor uniform.
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There might not be much time for lounging in the Gryffindor common room in this film, but if there were, we'd advise house members to don one of Tommy Hilfiger's stylish pajama suits.
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