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Harry Potter Costume December 5, 2014

Filed under: costumes — faithandfamily @ 7:04 pm

My son and his best bud are all about Harry Potter right now. My friend and I made our sons a couple of great Harry Potter costumes for Halloween, but it’s taken me a while to get it up here on the blog.

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The hardest part was figuring out how to make the robe. I didn’t find any tutorials online, but I did find this image, which helped a ton:


I used the ideas from this image to create my own pattern. My friend had gobs black fabric given to her that was perfect for the robes. I used a loose fitting oxford shirt of my son’s to make a a pattern for the robe, and I just extended the sides down, letting them flare out. For the sleeves, after I traced the oxford’s arm holes, I just free-handed the length and tapered bottoms, making the long part of the sleeve extend approximately to the fingertips and the shorter side (top) more wrist-length. For the hood, I traced a hood from a sweatshirt, but he really wanted a pointy tip, so on the crown part of the hood I drew it pointy, rather than the way this pattern shows.

I had thought that I would just find a gold or maroon-colored tie and use colored duct tape to make stripes, but I didn’t have any success finding a discarded solid-colored tie. Instead, I found this reasonably priced, perfect tie at I thought it was a great deal at $7.95, and it’s a very nice tie.

The Gryffindor patch was just $2 plus shipping, from an online seller.

I didn’t want to spend a lot on the glasses, and we have a quirky little store around here called Wilson’s 5 and 10 (an old dime store), where I found gold “Santa glasses.” They were round and looked about right, so I bought them for a dollar or two and used a black permanent marker to make them black rather than gold.

The wand? Just a stick from the yard made fabulous after a few moments with an orbital sander.

My son dressed as Harry, and his best bud decided to be Neville Longbottom. Those two were absolutely adorable and had a fabulous time. Time and money well spent, I’d say.

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