Traveling to other countries exposes you to other cultures. In Lisbon, Portugal, the inspiration for the Hogwarts student’s uniforms was very apparent. Walking down the street were four girls in capes. The sight was a bit shocking as I had never seen anything like it before in real life.
The author of the Harry Potter series was living in Portugal when she was writing her novels and the student’s uniforms are credited as being her inspiration.
It was rather magical seeing those four girls walking down the street, their capes hanging in the darkness as they descended down the way.