Harry Potter Fans Notice Voldemort’s Robes Faded Every Time A Horcrux Was Destroyed

Max JenkinsMax Jenkins in Entertainment, Film
Published 01.08.20

Eight years after the Harry Potter films came to a sad and dramatic end, fans are getting ready to blast that festive movie marathon that comes every Christmas. In preparation, Warner Bros. have revealed a hidden fact that you probably didn’t even notice …

Voldemort’s robe got paler and paler with every Horcrux that Harry and co destroyed.

I know. Mind totally blown. Unless, like me, you have an absolutely fantastic eye for detail but only apply it to the most trivial of things, like the changing colour of a fictional character’s clothes.

Posted via Instagram, the account ‘Wizarding World’ is dedicated to all things Potter, regularly posting HD production stills and interesting trivia to keep you firmly rooted in the land of witchcraft and wizardry. Today, the page revealed a little known detail you wouldn’t necessarily have noticed the first time you watched it.

The caption of the image reads: ‘Did you know? In the Harry Potter films, Voldemort’s robes faded in colour every time a Horcrux was destroyed, to give the impression he was slowly fading away.’


As you can now see when you re-watch The Deathly Hallows: Parts 1 & 2, with every Horcrux that Harry destroys, Voldemort’s deep black robe goes through a significant change in shades of green, going from black to emerald, then light green, then sage as his life force gradually disintegrates. This was an executive decision made by the costume designers, just as the change in Voldemort’s death from instantaneous to slow decomposition into ash was made by the special effects crew. Though we haven’t actually been informed as to why that creative decision was taken, theories suggest that the diversion from the books was to establish film Voldemort’s body as magically artificial, rather than physically human.

But slipping in these minor details aren’t always deliberate. Sticking with the Deathly Hallows, fans were quick to point out that Snape’s comment that blue-eyed Harry has his mother’s eyes is contradictory to the flashbacks as seen in the Pensieve, where you can clearly see young Lily with brown eyes. It has been scientifically proven that babies can change their eye colour as they mature into toddlers, but it’s more likely that this blunder was more a case of:

Producer: ‘Hey, think my niece could play young Lily in the flashback scenes? She has brown eyes but whatever.’

Casting director: ‘Say no more, fam.’

If you’re not a stickler for minor details, I imagine this kind of thing wouldn’t trigger you that much. But if you’re like me and prefer things to be as realistic as they can possibly be, minor errors like this can be as vexing as listening to people who say ‘like’ every other word.

Two annoying things happened to me recently. Re-watching the final season of The West Wing, I was irked to discover that Martin Sheen’s character of President Jed Bartlet’s hair finally went grey as he entered his sixties, then went brown again some episodes later, then grey again. I mean for all I know, off-screen Jed could have just been experimenting with Just For Men hair dye to keep his youth going, but whatever.

Similarly, I was watching an episode of Peaky Blinders recently and noticed that Arthur Shelby was wearing a signet ring on the ring finger of his left hand, then in the scene directly after, it had switched to his pinky. Which is nonsensical, given that both fingers are a different size. As a signet ring wearer myself, I can confirm that this random change in finger preference is physically impossible.

But again, not everyone is easily triggered by such trivial errors. As my friends and family continually tell me, ‘Bro chill it’s just a film.’  

Images via Warner Bros