In researching how to make my own Quidditch robes, I found a ton of tutorials on how to sew robes – from a youtube video how to make a quick robe out of whatever you have on hand, to free handcrafted patterns with full instructions. The one thing I couldn’t find was which font the movies used for the robe numbers.
As it turns out, it’s Tahoma bold, which is probably already on your computer. Take a look:
House quidditch robes for years 3+ feature both the player’s name on the front and back of their robes, and number on back and left arm. The number you wear is based on which position you play on the team – 1 for keeper, 2/3 for beater, 4/5/6 for Chaser, or 7 for seeker. Here’s how the numbers are placed on the robes:
is there a template for me to use to make my own quidditch robe numbers?
Why yes, I’m so glad you asked! I’ve put together a template that I used myself to get the right font sizes/letter layout for the back of my Ravenclaw Quidditch robes. Feel free to either print it out as-is or make your own changes to it in Illustrator.
As always, if you use my templates I’d love to see it in action! post a comment or share a photo below and I’ll be one amazingly happy camper!
How did you figure out which font they used?
- If it’s a generic-looking font, type out whichever words you have in the sample and run through the fonts already installed on your computer. It’s amazing how many logos or designs use basic fonts like Arial Black, Times New Roman, or even Tahoma *cough Harry Potter cough*.
- Use What The Font to upload an image of your letters. Then you map your characters and it’ll try to find which font you have. I find it works best if I edit an image to have the letters in black on a white background, ideally with lots of space between each character.
- Try Identifont. I particularly appreciate their “fonts by appearance” feature where you choose the characteristics of your font (does the Q have a straight tail?) and they’ll display the fonts that meet your criteria.