I love looking at textile and often take pictures of what I see. On this occasion it was easy to find lots of interesting objects.
So what occasion was it?
It was a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tours, or shall we call it the Harry Potter Museum. North of London, near Watford Junction, you will find the film studio where much of the Harry Potter films were made.
It was most enjoyable and educational. I saw many of the sets, lots of props and costumes.
So the answers to the quiz are:
1.This dress belongs to The Gray Lady, the ghost of Ravenclaw House.
3. The wool patchwork quilt belongs to Hagrid and is in his cabin.
4. The pink tailored dress does indeed belong to Dolores Umbridge, it is seen here with two other pieces from her wardrobe. Like everything on the set, they were just beautifully crafted, and the perfect style for this sweet but, evil headmistress.
Here are some more examples of textile as seen in the Harry Potter films. In the Gryffindor common room, Harry and his friends can enjoy the beautiful tapestries of The Lady and the Unicorn. A fantastic reproduction, all printed of course, but not very different from the impression I got from the originals I saw in Tokyo a couple of months ago when they were in an exclusive exhibition.
If you've ever wondered what Harry's invisibility cloak looks like, here it is. It is a beautiful fluid velvet. The green lining makes it possible for Harry's body to become invisible on screen.