How to create a Harry Potter costume

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How to create a Harry Potter costume
Create a Harry Potter costume (Getty Thinkstock)

Don't dress up like a traditional wizard this Halloween. Instead, follow these steps to look like the world's most unorthodox wizard and favourite Quidditch player, Harry Potter.

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Things you need

  • Spray Paints
  • Plain, black pointed hat
  • Lip Liners
  • Halloween Makeup Kits
  • Capes
  • Nerd Glasses
  • Wizard Attire
  • Sneakers
  • Eyeliners
  • Broomstick
  • Permanent markers
  • Elvira Wigs

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  1. 1

    Obtain a pair of round glasses without lenses, or if you already wear glasses, use your own. Wrap a piece of clear tape around the middle of the frames so that they look just like Harry's broken glasses.

  2. 2

    Wear a long-sleeved rugby shirt, preferably solid orange with a red stripe across the chest. Complete the outfit with jeans and trainers.

  3. 3

    Determine how similar your hair type is to Harry's. If your hair is dark and long enough to style, apply mousse or gel liberally and run your fingers through your hair to make it stand on end (one of his trademarks is his messy hair, which refuses to be combed down). If your hair is light or too short to style, buy a black wig.

  4. 4

    Use thick Halloween makeup to create Harry's other trademark, a dark pink scar in the shape of a lightning bolt in the middle of his forehead. Or use a pink lip liner or eye pencil to draw in the scar.

  5. 5

    Tie a scarlet cape around your neck if you want to impersonate Harry as a Quidditch player.

  6. 6

    Use a small Styrofoam ball, about the size of a walnut, for the snitch that Harry captures in the Quidditch games. Paint it gold with spray paint or color it with a gold marker.

  7. 7

    Stick two small white or silver feathers into the Styrofoam ball to serve as the wings of the snitch.

  8. 8

    Carry the snitch along with you, as well as a broomstick, to look as if you just came from a Quidditch game.

Tips and warnings

  • You can find fake scars at Halloween or novelty shops, but these might be difficult to cut to the right shape.
  • Other Harry Potter garments that are on his school shopping list include a plain black robe, a plain black pointed hat, a pair of gloves and a black winter cloak with silver fastenings.
  • If you're short on time or your best friend just told you he's going as Harry Potter as well, try standard wizard attire as an alternative. Check the Related eHows for instructions, or the Things You'll Need list for a ready-made costume.

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