Harry Potter Characters Fancy Dress Ideas For Kids

Is your child a passionate Harry Potter fan? Dress her up as an exciting character from the series for the next fancy dress competition, with these Harry Potter fancy dress ideas for kids.

By Amrita Gracias  • 18 min read

Harry Potter Characters Fancy Dress Ideas For Kids

The wizarding world of Harry Potter, made famous by the brilliant series of books and the movies that followed, has a massive fan following the world over. The series features several interesting and unique characters who have become favourites among fans of all ages. It’s perhaps no surprise then that your child is an ardent Harry Potter fan, and that she wants to dress up as one of those characters for her fancy dress competition. So, here’s how you can prepare these Harry Potter fancy dress costumes.

Harry Potter fancy dress ideas


Harry Potter fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A plain black bedsheet
  • Reusable chopsticks
  • Hot glue
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • A white shirt
  • A red striped tie
  • A pair of black pants
  • A pair of black shoes

How to make a Harry Potter fancy dress:

  • Fold the bedsheet into half and ask your child to lie on it with arms stretched.
  • Loosely mark his shape on the sheet and cut the shape.
  • Take the two pieces –front and back – and glue them along the edges to make the robe.
  • To make the wand, add hot glue around the broad end of the chopstick to resemble the handle. Paint the wand brown.
  • Your child can wear the white shirt, pants, shoes, tie and the robe to resemble Harry Potter.

Dialogue to say:

“I am a wizard, I can make things fly...Wingardium Leviosa!”


Sirius Black fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A brown beanie hat
  • A ball of dark brown yarn
  • A set of striped pyjamas
  • A large brown shirt
  • A piece of cardboard
  • Acrylic paint in different colours
  • White craft paper
  • Hot glue

How to make a Sirius Black fancy dress:

  • Comb the yarn vigorously to make it resemble hair.
  • Glue the yarn around the beanie. The wig is ready.
  • Cut the pyjamas along the edges and sleeves to get a ragged look.
  • Add stains with brown acrylic paint.
  • With the cardboard and paint, make the Askaban Prison identification board. (use the Internet for reference).
  • Cut the white paper in strips and make small rings resembling chains. Loop each chain around the next and glue them securely. Add larger rings at either end to make the handcuffs.

Dialogue to say:

“We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.”


Rubeus Hagrid fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A brown beanie hat
  • A ball of dark brown yarn
  • Black felt sheet
  • An old denim shirt (blue colour)
  • A pair of distressed denim jeans (black colour)
  • A shirt in tan or brown
  • Elastic
  • A dark brown belt
  • Hot glue
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a Rubeus Hagrid fancy dress:

  • Comb the yarn vigorously to make it resemble hair.
  • Glue the yarn around the beanie. Your wig is ready.
  • To make the beard, place the felt over your child's face and trace an outline of her mouth and jawline.
  • Cut the felt along the marked outline, leaving an opening for the mouth.
  • Cut the yarn accordingly and glue the moustache and the beard to the felt. Add the elastic, so that your child can wear it around his face.
  • Cut the sleeves of the denim shirt. Your child can wear the tan shirt and put on the denim shirt as a vest. Put on the belt to complete the look.

Dialogue to say:

“What's comin' will come and we'll meet it when it does.”


Hermione Granger fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black cloth for robe
  • White full-sleeved shirt
  • Dark grey knee-length pleated skirt
  • Grey calf-length socks
  • Red and yellow striped tie
  • Grey V-necked sweater
  • Black buckled shoes
  • Maroon satin ribbon
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick for wand
  • Penknife
  • String
  • Paint – red, yellow, brown / black
  • Glue
  • Felt paper – red, yellow, white (optional)

How to make a Hermione Granger fancy dress:

  • Stitch the black cloth into a long, loose-fitting, full-sleeved (flared sleeves), full-length robe open through the front.
  • Stick the ribbon along the hems of the sleeves and the hem running down through the centre on either side using the glue.
  • On the top left corner of the robe, trace and paint the Gryffindor symbol.
  •  If you don’t wish to paint the symbol, trace and cut the symbol on the felt paper. Stick it onto the robe using the glue.
  • If you are unable to find a striped red and yellow tie, simply paint the stripes onto a black / red / yellow one.
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife. Or, you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint the wand black or brown.
  • To put together the costume, your child must wear the clothes, tie, socks and shoes. The tie must be tucked inside the sweater and then the robe worn over it. She can hold the wand in her hand.
  • For added effect, your child’s hair can be left untied, with a messy look.

Dialogue to say:

“It’s LeviOsa, not LeviosaA!”


Ron Weasley fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black cloth for robe
  • White full-sleeved shirt
  • Black full-length trousers
  • Red and yellow striped tie
  • Grey V-necked sweater
  • Maroon satin ribbon
  • Black shoes
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick for wand
  • String
  • Penknife
  • Paint – red, yellow, brown / black
  • Glue
  • Felt paper – red, yellow, white (optional)

How to make a Ron Weasley fancy dress:

  • Stitch the black cloth into a long, loose-fitting, full-sleeved (flared sleeves), full-length robe open through the front.
  • Stick the ribbon along the hems of the sleeves and the hem running down through the centre on either side using the glue.
  • On the top left corner of the robe, trace and paint the Gryffindor symbol.
  • If you don’t wish to paint the symbol, trace and cut the symbol on the felt paper. Stick it onto the robe using the glue.
  • If you are unable to find a striped red and yellow tie, simply paint the stripes onto a black / yellow / red one.
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife. Or you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint the wand black or brown.
  • To put together the costume, your child must wear the clothes, tie, socks and shoes. The tie must be tucked inside the sweater and then the robe worn over it. He can hold the wand in his hand.
  • For added effect, your child’s hair can be oiled, but made to look a bit messy.

Dialogue to say:

“Don’t let the muggles get you down!”


Severus Snape fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black cloth
  • Black full-sleeved shirt
  • Black full-length trousers
  • Black formal shoes
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick for wand
  • String
  • Black eyeliner
  • Black paint

How to make a Severus Snape fancy dress:

  • Stitch the black cloth into a long flowing, full-length cape with loose sleeves up to the elbows. The cape will need to be draped over the shoulders.
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife. Or you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint the wand black.
  • To put together the costume, your child must wear the clothes and shoes.The cape can then be draped over hisshoulders.
  • Outline his eyes with the eyeliner; paint the ‘dark mark’ symbol on his left forearm.

Dialogue to say:

“There will be no silly incantations in this class.”


Albus Dumbledore fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Grey cloth
  • Grey T-shirt
  • Light grey / any light-coloured, full-length trousers
  • White socks
  • Gold ribbon
  • Gold half-moon spectacles or thin-rimmed rectangular / oval spectacles
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick for wand
  • Chart paper
  • String – gold, white
  • Paint – gold, brown
  • Cotton
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue

How to make an Albus Dumbledore fancy dress:

  • Stitch the grey cloth into a long flowing, full-length robe with loose sleeves up to the elbows. The front of the robe should be buttoned from the mid-chest to the bottom. If possible, make lapels for the neck, as in a jacket. (If it is not possible to stitch the lapels, simply cut the shapes from chart paper and stick them on to the front of the robe.)
  • Stick the gold ribbon on the hems of the sleeves, lapels and the centre, right down to the bottom, using the glue.
  • With the gold paint, draw free-hand designs on the lapels of the robe.
  • Stitch another piece of the grey cloth to make a pointed hat.
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife, or you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint the wand brown.
  • If you are unable to get the gold half-moon spectacles, simply wrap gold string around any thin-rimmed rectangular or oval spectacles.
  • Draw Albus Dumbledore’s moustache and beard on chart paper. Apply glue on it and stick the cotton.
  • To put together the costume, ask your child to wear the clothes, socks, hat, robe and spectacles. Then fix the moustache and beard.
  • Once the hat is worn, take two more long strips of cotton. Tuck them in under the hat on each side towards the front, for the hair.

Dialogue to say:

“It is our choices that show what we truly are, not our abilities.”


Lord Voldemort fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black cloth
  • Dark full-length trousers
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick
  • String
  • Skin-coloured cloth
  • Paint / make-up
  • Clay (choose a colour closest to your child’s skin tone)

How to make a Lord Voldemort fancy dress:

  • Stitch the black cloth into a high-collared, long-fitted, full-length robe, with three-quarter flared sleeves (like a priest’s cassock).
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife. Or you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint it black.
  • Tie the skin-coloured cloth over the head for the bald look. Paint or apply make-up on the face to give a pale look.
  • Place the clay over the nose to resemble Lord Voldemort. Cover with paint / make-up.(Remember to make small holes at the nostrils so as to not obstruct breathing.)
  • Paint the ‘dark mark’ symbol on the left forearm.

Dialogue to say:

“So the boy who lived has come to die.”

Draco Malfoy fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black cloth for robe
  • White full-sleeved shirt
  • Black full-length trousers
  • Green and white striped tie
  • Grey V-necked sweater
  • Dark green satin ribbon
  • Black shoes
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick for wand
  • Penknife
  • Paint – green, white, black
  • Glue
  • Felt paper – green, white (optional)

How to make a Draco Malfoy fancy dress:

  • Stitch the black cloth into a long loose-fitting, full-sleeved (flared sleeves), full-length robe, which can open through the front.
  • Stick the ribbon along the hems of the sleeves and the hem running down through the centre on either side, using the glue.
  • On the top left corner of the robe, trace and paint the Slytherin symbol.
  • If you don’t wish to paint the symbol, trace and cut the symbol on the felt paper. Stick it onto the robe using the glue.
  • If you are unable to find a green and white striped tie, simply paint the stripes onto a green or white one.
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife. Or you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint the wand black.
  • To put together the costume, your child must wear the clothes, tie, socks and shoes. The tie must be tucked inside the sweater and then the robe worn over it. He can hold the wand in his hand.

Dialogue to say:

“So it’s true then,what they were saying on the train. Harry Potter has come to Hogwarts.”


Bellatrix Lestrange fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Long black skirt
  • Tight-fitting three quarter-sleeved deep V-neck black top
  • Black heeled pumps / boots
  • Necklace with black thread and big silver pendant
  • Long twig that is bent or curved for the wand
  • Penknife
  • Paint – brown, black
  • Eyeliner
  • Dark lipstick

How to make a Bellatrix Lestrange fancy dress:

  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the clothes and necklace.
  • Part her hair to one side but leave it uncombed and messy. Line her eyes with eyeliner. Use the dark lipstick for the lips.
  • For the wand, shape the twig using the penknife. The top should be curved. Paint it brown.
  • Paint the ‘dark mark’ symbol with black paint on your child’s left forearm.

Dialogue to say:

“I killed Sirius Black!”


Lucius Malfoy fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black full-sleeved shirt
  • Black waistcoat
  • Black full-length trousers
  • Long black coat
  • Black shoes
  • Black gloves
  • Black belt with big fancy silver buckle
  • Walking stick
  • Black ribbon
  • Some black clay
  • Paint – black, silver

How to make a Lucius Malfoy fancy dress:

  • To put together the costume, your child must wear the clothes, gloves and shoes. 
  • Create the snakehead for the staff using clay. Paint it silver and attach it onto the walking stick. He can hold the stick in his hand.
  • If you don’t have a black walking stick, wrap black ribbon around one.
  • Paint the ‘dark mark’ symbol on the left forearm.

Dialogue to say:

“Out of my way, Potter!”


Dolores Umbridge fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Pink knee-length A-line skirt and pink top / pink knee-length dress
  • Pink shoes / sandals
  • Small pink handbag
  • Small stuffed toy cat (optional)
  • Pink flowers for the hair
  • Silver chain with locket to resemble Salazar Slytherin’s locket

How to make a Dolores Umbridge fancy dress:

  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the clothes, shoes and chain with locket.
  • Arrange flowers across her head to resemble a band.
  • She can carry the stuffed toy cat in one hand (optional), and the handbag in the other.

Dialogue to say:

“You have been told that a certain dark wizard is at large. This is a lie.”


Minerva McGonagall fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Bottle green cloth (preferably velvet)
  • Long black high-collared dress / long-fitted black skirt with high-necked black top
  • Black shoes
  • Black hat with pointed top (optional)
  • Feathers – 2 (optional)
  • Square or rectangular-shaped, thin-rimmed glasses
  • Long twig / wooden chopstick for the wand
  • String
  • Penknife
  • Paint – brown / black
  • White talcum powder

How to make a Minerva McGonagall fancy dress:

  • Stitch the green cloth into a long flowing, full-length cape with loose sleeves up to the elbows. The cape will need to be draped over your child’s shoulders.
  • If you are using the hat, attach the two feathers to the rim of the hat.
  • For the wand, shape a long twig using the penknife. Or you can simply use a wooden chopstick. Wrap the string around the chopstick / twig towards its end. Paint the wand black or brown.
  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the clothes, robe, shoes and hat (optional).
  • You can dust talcum powder onto her hair and tie it in a high bun. She can hold the wand in her hand.

Dialogue to say:

“I will not have you, in one night, besmirching the name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!” / “Five points will be awarded to each of you… For sheer dumb luck.”


Alastor ‘Mad Eye’ Moody fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Black collared shirt
  • Black full-length trousers
  • Long brown coat / jacket
  • Black shoes
  • Black cloth
  • Some white clay
  • Small bottle cap
  • Paint – white, blue, black, brown
  • Long thin stick – preferably a piece of a broken tree branch
  • Glue

How to make an Alastor ‘Mad Eye’ Moody fancy dress:

  • For the eye patch, first cut out a small patch of the black cloth. Now cut out a strip from the same cloth long enough to be tied around the forehead. Stick the patch onto the centre of the strip.
  • Shape the clay into a round ball. Paint to resemble an eye.
  • Glue the back of the clay eye into the underside of the bottle cap. Now glue the cap onto the black patch of cloth.
  • Using clay, shape the top and bottom portions of the staff accordingly. Paint them to match the stick and attach them onto the stick.
  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the clothes and shoes. The eye patch and ‘eye’ must cover the left eye. Tie the band across the head at an angle. Your child can carry the wand in his hand.

Dialogue to say:

“And they say I’m mad!”

So, if you and your child have chosen the character, go ahead and prepare to dress her up for the Harry Potter fancy dress competition. It will certainly make for a ‘magical’ experience, as you both bond over wands, spells, charms and wizardry. 

About the author:

Written by Amrita Gracias, with inputs from an ardent Harry Potter fan - her son Jason Gracias, a class 7 student, and published on 26 February 2020.

Amrita Gracias holds a degree in English Literature from Stella Maris College, Chennai and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism (specialising in Print Media) from the Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. She takes to writing and editing when she isn’t answering to the duties of motherhood!

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