Harry Potter's nemesis "You-Know-Who" has become one of the iconic villains of modern literature. In the novels, Lord Voldemort's strange appearance is the result of dark magic spells used to divide his soul into several fragments. The process made him nearly invisible until a certain boy wizard came along. The long flowing robes and unusual pallor of his skin make Voldemort fancy dress a great choice for Hallowe'en parties or trick-or-treating.
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Things you need
- Black robe
- Black sheet (optional)
- Pins (optional)
- Chalk (optional)
- Fabric scissors (optional)
- Sewing kit (optional)
- Face paint
- Bald head cap
Find or make a robe. Voldemort wears long black robes, so graduation robes would be ideal. Fancy dress shops often have robes, though if you don't want to go to the expense, you can improvise. A dark coloured blanket with sleeves could be an effective substitute, or make one by cutting up an old black sheet. Fold the sheet in half. If it's a fitted sheet, trim off the fitted corners so the sheet lies flat. Pin the sheet together and draw out a rough t-shirt shape in chalk. You could lie on the folded sheet and have a helper draw around your body and arms. Make sure you make the outline of your robe large enough, as it should reach the floor when you wear it. Cut out your robe, then sew together the sides and the sleeves. Any spare pieces of sheet could be fashioned into a hood and sewn on. Once the sewing is finished, turn your robe inside out to hide the seams.
Wear dark clothes beneath your robes. Voldemort wears no shoes in the film, however if you are leaving the house, you will need to wear a dark pair of shoes to protect your feet.
Use face paint to make your skin pale. A touch of black shadow around the eyes and a hint of red will make you look extra menacing. Finish the look with a bald head cap to hide your hair. These are usually available from fancy dress shops and are relatively inexpensive.
Make a wand. Wand props are widely available in toy shops, or you could fashion your own out of a stick. For a final finishing touch, you could carry a toy snake.
Tips and warnings
- Test face paints on your skin twenty-four hours before using them to ensure you aren't allergic.
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