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Help your child look like a character straight out of a Harry Potter movie with these fancy dress ideas

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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

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Help your child look like a character straight out of a Harry Potter movie with these fancy dress ideas

The wizarding world of Harry Potter, made famous by the brilliant series of books and the movies that followed, has a massive fan following all over the world. 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 he wants to dress up as one of those characters for his fancy dress competition. So, here's how you can prepare these Harry Potter fancy dress costumes.

Harry Potter

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 costume

  • Fold the bedsheet in 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 solemnly swear I am up to no good."

Sirius Black

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 costume

  • 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 into 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

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 costume 

  • 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 well meet it when it does."

Hermione Granger

Materials required
Black cloth for the 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 costume 

  • 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 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:

"Its LeviOsa, not LeviosaaaA!"

Ron Weasley

Materials required
Black cloth for the 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 costume 

  • 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 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

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 costume 

  • 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 his shoulders.
  • 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

Materials required
Grey cloth
Grey T-shirt
Light grey/any light-colored, 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 costume 

  • 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 onto 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 the 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

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 costume 

  • Stitch the black cloth into a high-collared, long-fitted, full-length robe, with three-quarter flared sleeves (like a priests 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

Materials required
Black cloth for the 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 costume 

  • 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 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

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 costume 

  • 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 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

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
Black clay
Black and silver paint

How to make a Lucius Malfoy costume 

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

Dialogue to say

"Out of my way, Potter!"

Dolores Umbridge

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

How to make a Dolores Umbridge costume 

  • To put together the costume, your child can wear the clothes, shoes and chain with the 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

Materials required
Bottle green cloth (preferably velvet)
Long black high-collared dress/long-fitted black skirt with high-necked black top
Black shoes
Black pointed hat (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 costume 

  • 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!"

Alastor Mad-Eye Moody

Materials required
Black-collared shirt
Black full-length trousers
Long brown coat/jacket
Black shoes
Black cloth
White clay
Small bottle cap
White, blue, black, brown paint
Long thin stick preferably a piece of a broken tree branch
Glue

How to make an Alastor Mad-Eye Moody costume 

  • 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 to 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 a 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.

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