11th December 2017   •   article
This is how Parvati and Padma Patil should have looked at Hogwarts Ball in Harry Potter

by Barfi Culture Team | @barfi_culture.
Image: Anu Chouhan
When Padma and Parvati turned up at the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, you could almost hear the anguished cries of disappointment.

What were those awful outfits about? That was the best they could come up with?

The film came out in 2005 but over a decade later the hurt still lingers. And it has taken on a new life.

A few weeks ago an Instagram account posted a tweet by Buzzfeed India editor Rega Jha on the 'controversy'.

(Rega Jha raged about this last year too).

That got Anu Chouhan, an animator based in Vancouver, Canada, motivated to draw what the twins should have looked like.

She told Barfi Culture: "This is actually something I have wanted to draw for a while. A few months ago, I did a live Instagram story of myself sketching the twins wearing lenghas, but I wasn’t really feeling it so I abandoned it."

"Last week I was tagged in the comments on BrownGirlGang’s post to do my own version of their Yule Ball looks, and the conversation motivated me to give it a proper shot!"

Here is the stunning result she came up with.

A post shared by anu chouhan (@anumation) on

She wrote alongside: "The Yule Ball scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet or Fire was our girls’ time to shine, but alas, they had to wear those vile orange and pink lengha things. They deserved so much better, so here is my version."


You damn right.

Here's a reminder of how they looked on film.

Film screengrab. Credit: Warner Brothers

We apologise for bringing back traumatic memories.

But we also thank Anu Chouhan for trying to set this right. She works as a Mobile Game Artist in Vancouver and has been drawing for most of her life.
You can follow her on @anumation.
Share this:

About us
Barfi Culture is a news-magazine on people of South Asian heritage living in Europe and North America. We don't cover South Asia directly.
We believe our communities deserve professional media coverage, and are deeply committed to accurate reporting while covering difficult topics. Click the image for more.
Sign up! We publish Updates and Articles to our website every day. At 5pm every Monday - Friday we also post them to Twitter and WhatsApp. Weekly updates by email.

Email (weekly)
WhatsApp (once a day)
Your number will never be shared.
Tap Me For WhatsApp Updates
Twitter (daily)
Facebook (daily)
Instagram (daily)
Barfi Culture on Instagram