Ron Weasley was born on March 1, 1980 in the Harry Potter universe. Ron went on to become a central figure in the events of the Wizarding World from almost the moment he entered Hogwarts. He met and befriended Hermione Granger and Harry Potter —and together they would help save the world from Voldemort.
With so much going on around Ron as he grew up, he had many memorable moments over the course of J.K. Rowling's series. However, as he turns 38 we wanted to look back at a specific unforgettable aspect of Ron: his fashion! In the movies, we were finally able to see Ron's sense of style, something we had only imagined when reading the books. While it wasn't always what he would have chosen to wear, his outfits were often noteworthy and some were, honestly, much better than others.
In honor of Ron's birthday, we decided it was time to rank these various looks from worst to best...
Dress Robes (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
Mrs. Weasley meant well when she gave these second-hand dress robes to Ron so he could wear them to the Yule Ball in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Unfortunately, they weren't quite what Ron would have liked to wear — and they didn't exactly look good on him either. The lacey, ruffled, collared brown robes appear to be much older than everyone else's robes, which wouldn't be a bad thing on its own except for the added elements that just don't work on a fourth-year student. Out of all of the outfits Ron had to wear over the years, this one is clearly his worst.
Casual dad (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Brown is just not Ron's color, as proven by those dress robes and his ensemble during the epilogue of Deathly Hallows Part 2. Here we glimpse an older Ron who is now a dad. He's with Hermione and his kids at the Hogwarts Express, and while we've seen him wear casual clothes before, it's certainly a more mature look he has going these days with a button-down shirt and sweater. It's a little weird to see him so grown up with the others and his outfit only adds to that. While not a terrible outfit in and of itself, it's just not one of his better choices that we've seen.
Winter Wear (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban)
During a trip to Hogsmeade, we see all the students bundled up as they walk from store to store and take a look at the Shrieking Shack. Ron's as bundled as the rest, but unlike some of his fellow students, like the Slytherins, he manages to pull everything off, including an adorable hat! Weasley's winter wear, while casual, is on point in Prisoner of Azkaban.
Hogwarts Robes (Various)
It would be hard to look bad in Hogwarts' classic black robes.
With the Gryffindor crest and an occasional matching scarf, Ron always looks good in this traditional outfit. It helps that we see him wear them when he's younger, too, because the first years like him just look cute in their robes. The robes disappear for the most part later on in the series, but during the earlier films, they're quite a good look for the youngest Weasley son.
Quidditch Uniform (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
There's quite a bit of gear that Ron has to wear as the Gryffindor Quidditch Keeper in order to protect himself while playing, but Ron never looks uncomfortable or out of his element while wearing the uniform. The sports gear actually makes him look fairly impressive and fits him well compared to most of the other outfits we've seen him wear. He even manages to look good wearing the helmet.
Formal Wedding (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1)
For his brother's wedding, Ron needs to get dressed up, and luckily he isn't forced to wear his dress robes this time. Ron actually is rather dashing in the coat and tie he wears. Unfortunately, he didn't get to wear the outfit for very long since he needed to escape a Death Eater attack with Hermione and Harry. But we were able to glimpse that Ron can indeed clean up when not forced to wear those horrid robes that make him look (and smell) like his Great Aunt Tessie.
Disguise (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2)
Maybe it's a bit strange, but one of Ron's best looks in the franchise is when he needs to look like he belongs alongside Bellatrix Lestrange in Deathly Hallows Part 2. Ron joins Hermione (disguised as Bellatrix) as part of their plan to sneak into Lestrange's Gringotts vault. He has to look the part of someone who would be with her, so Ron dons black robes, has a beard, and makes his hair longer.
Oddly, the evil dark wizard look is kind of a good one for him!
"R" Jumper (Various)
The classic "R" jumper was made by Molly Weasley and is frankly Ron's best look in the franchise, whether he believes it or not. Love your mother, Ron!
It's a sweater we first see at Christmastime when he and Harry are at Hogwarts during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and while he doesn't seem overly enthusiastic about it, he does happily tell Harry it looks like he got one, too. Plus, he did put it on rather quickly!
We see the jumper reappear at least once in Chamber of Secrets. The colors of the jumper work for the young Gryffindor and it's a good fit, too. Clearly, in this case — perhaps unlike the dress robes, it can be argued — Mom knew what would work best for her youngest son. Even with everything else he wears over the years, nothing can beat this memorable look.