17 unique ‘Harry Potter’ costume ideas to help you stand out on Halloween

You can be a Quidditch player for Halloween. The Wizarding Sibs
  • “Harry Potter”-inspired costumes are extremely popular on Halloween.
  • Still, there are plenty of underrated characters you can dress as to stand out during the holiday.
  • Instead of wearing Hogwarts robes, for example, you could dress as a Gryffindor or Slytherin Quidditch player.
  • You could also dress as an employee of your favourite wizarding shop, like Honeydukes or Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
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Spanning seven books and eight movies, the “Harry Potter” series is filled with characters you could dress up as for Halloween.

Of course, Hogwarts robes make for classic costumes, but there are plenty of options for those looking for something a little more unique. One idea is to dress as your favourite character in their Quidditch uniform rather than their school clothes. You could also wear an outfit inspired by your favourite magical snack from the wizarding world — like chocolate frogs.

Here are 17 standout costumes inspired by “Harry Potter” to provide you with some inspiration.

You’re sure to standout by dressing as a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans.

The whimsical costume is sure to turn heads wherever you go. Magic Wand Blonde

The candy was famously introduced in the “Harry Potter” series by Ron Weasley, who explained that the jelly beans can range in flavour from chocolate to liver.

Bailey, a teacher who goes by Magic Wand Blonde on Instagram, turned the magical candies into a Halloween costume in 2019. To do the same, you can make a similar carton out of cardboard and duct tape, fill it with balloons as jelly beans, and then do your makeup to resemble the character on the front of the box.

She shared further instructions on Instagram.

Similarly, you can take inspiration from the jumping, chocolate frogs that Harry and Ron purchase on their first train ride to Hogwarts.

This costume is glamorous with just a hint of ‘Harry Potter’ magic. Simply Potter Girl

One way to do so is by following in the footsteps of Brandy, who goes by SimplyPotterGirl on Instagram. She previously created a strapless, chocolate-frog-inspired dress made with fabric that resembles the blue-and-gold candy boxes seen in the “Harry Potter” films.

She also carried a wand, and wore a replica of the box – which can be purchased from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks – on her head.

School robes can be overdone. Consider dressing as a student from another wizarding school instead.

Cosplayer Our Shield Maiden also carried a broomstick with her look. Our Shield Maiden

Wizarding schools including the Durmstrang Institute and Beauxbatons Academy of Magic are introduced in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.” Students from the schools are also seen in the film adaptation of the fourth novel, providing great inspiration for your next Halloween costume.

Cosplayer Our Shield Maiden recently dressed as a student from the latter school. To make a similar costume at home, you can pair a baby-blue dress with a short, matching shawl. From there, you’ll need tights, short blue heels, and the school’s signature hat.

If you do want to represent your Hogwarts house, you can dress like a student from a former decade.

This Slytherin-inspired outfit looks like it was pulled directly from the ’30s. The Cosplay Historian

Lauren, who goes by The Cosplay Historian online, previously showed what a member of Slytherin might wear in the 1930s. Her look included a floor-length velvet dress, a snake-shaped belt, small earrings, and a curled, bob hairstyle.

Of course, you can dress as a Hogwarts student from any decade for Halloween – like a Gryffindor student in the ’80s, or a member of Hufflepuff in the ’70s.

Halloween is the perfect time to represent your favourite, magical shop.

Honeydukes is the go-to spot for sweets in the wizarding world. Kat the Storyteller

Honeydukes is one of the most recognisable stores from the series. Kat, who goes by @kathleezzzy on Instagram, created the perfect outfit to look like a clerk of the candy store in the ’40s.

She wore a pink-and-white striped dress, short gloves, white sneakers with ankle socks, and feathers in her hair. She also carried a purse with the Honeydukes logo on it.

You can also take inspiration from other magical businesses like the Leaky Cauldron, Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes, Gringotts Wizarding Bank, and Ollivanders.

Don’t forget about the ghosts of the wizarding world.

Moaning Myrtle is one of many ghosts who roam the Hogwarts campus. Vicki/Magical Knitted Letter

Moaning Myrtle is a fan-favourite ghost from the “Harry Potter” universe, but you don’t often see people dressing as her on Halloween. Like Vicki, who goes by Magical Knitted Letter online, you can wear Ravenclaw robes and a white shirt to channel the character.

You’ll also need to tie your hair into pigtails, and wear black-rimmed glasses. You might even want to wear grey or blue makeup to look more like a ghost. If you prefer a different ghoul, consider Nearly Headless Nick or The Bloody Baron.

There’s more than one way to dress as Hermione on Halloween.

Aileen of A little Android completely transformed herself into Hermione for this look. Aileen/A Little Android

While Hermione’s Gryffindor robes are classic, you could put a unique twist on the costume by pairing them with cat-inspired makeup and a beaker filled with green juice – mirroring the “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” scene when Hermione drinks Polyjuice Potion and partially turns into a cat.

Cosplayer Aileen of Instagram account A Little Android did just that for a convention in 2019 using special-effects makeup. If you aren’t skilled with prosthetics, you could also throw on a cat-ear headband, and draw whiskers across your face for a similar effect.

Professor McGonagall also has a variety of looks to choose from.

‘Harry Potter’ fans will recognise exactly where Professor McGonagall wore this outfit. Sheila Echols-Smesny

The Hogwarts professor is most widely recognised in her black robes and tall witch hat. However, she wears green robes with bell sleeves to the Yule Ball – and they make for an eye-catching Halloween look.

Sheila Echols-Smesny, who recently dressed as Professor McGonagall, created a step-by-step guide on her website for creating the costume at home. You’ll need fabric, scissors, a sewing machine, and more.

If you decide to be Bellatrix Lestrange, you can put your own twist on her eccentric look.

Kiera Please created a modern version of Bellatrix Lestrange’s signature outfit. Kiera Please

Kiera Please, an influencer and cosplayer, dressed as the villain in July. But rather than wearing Lestrange’s floor-length dress and skull-shaped necklace, she donned a velvet minidress with bell sleeves and a bow around the neckline.

For a similar look, pair your favourite, all-black ensemble with a wand, and the character’s signature curly hairstyle.

To live out your dreams of playing Quidditch, try dressing as one of the magical athletes on Halloween.

A seeker or chaser in Quidditch can use the Quaffle ball. The Wizarding Sibs

Candes of The Wizarding Sibs on Instagram recently created this Gryffindor Quidditch look. It includes a maroon sweater, khaki pants, a Quidditch robe, combat boots, and goggles. She also carried a broomstick and a Quaffle ball.

Of course, there are numerous Quidditch positions to choose from, so you could dress as Seeker or Beater instead. You also could choose to dress as a Quidditch player from an international team – as mentioned in the fourth “Harry Potter” book – rather than one from a Hogwarts team.

Draco Malfoy might be popular on TikTok right now, but his dad Lucius is far more underrated.

Lucius Malfoy is a well-known member of Slytherin. Zan/Baffling Basilisk

At the time of writing, “thirst videos” inspired by Draco Malfoy are all over TikTok.That being said, costumes inspired by the character will probably be popular this Halloween – so you might want to dress as another member of the Malfoy family.

Zan, who goes by Baffling Basilisk on Instagram, can provide the perfect inspiration for such a costume. The cosplayer dressed as Lucius Malfoy, Draco’s dad, using a black cloak, matching button-up, and a long, blonde wig. You’ll also need a wand and silver skull mask for a similar costume.

Instead of dressing up as Snape, you can replicate one of his less conventional outfits on Halloween.

Dedicated ‘Harry Potter’ fans will be quick to understand this costume. Jamie Andrews

In the “Harry Potter” universe, Boggarts are shape-shifting illusions that represent your biggest fear. Neville Longbottom’s Boggart, for example, is Professor Snape dressed in his grandmother’s clothes.

Last Halloween, Jamie Andrews replicated the look for his Halloween costume. You can do the same by utilising a green skirt, tweed jacket, a bird-embellished hat, and an animal-shaped scarf.

Dressing as Professor Trewlany gives you the perfect excuse to recite famous lines from “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” all day.

Professor Trelawney is a quirky, fan-favourite character. Sarah Ryan Renner

Professor Sybill Trelawney is first introduced in the third “Harry Potter” book and movie. In the latter, she’s known for reciting now-iconic lines like: “My dear, you have the Grimm!”

To channel the character on Halloween, follow the lead of Sarah Ryan Renner. She wore layered clothing, brown boots, a headscarf, and circular glasses to match the professor last year. She also carried a crystal ball.

Molly Weasley has one of the most whimsical wardrobes in the entire “Harry Potter” series.

Molly is one of the most underrated members of the Weasley clan. Joonuper

An artist who goes by Joonuper online represented the character perfectly with her costume. She wore a knitted top, a floral smock, and her red hair in curls. She also carried a wand with her, just as the character does throughout the series.

With some makeup and fake leaves, you can look unrecognizable as a Mandrake.

You can also add a label to the planter so that your costume is more recognisable. Brenna Mazzoni/ArtByMazz

Mandrakes are the noisy plants first introduced in Harry Potter’s Herbology class. The roots of the plants are human-like, and began to shriek and cry when taken out out their planters – which can sometimes kill listeners.

Brenna Mazzoni, who goes by ArtByMazz on Instagram, dressed as one of the magical plants using makeup and fake leaves. She also painted a toy bin to look like a planter, which she was then able to sit inside.

You can take that costume idea one step further by getting your whole family involved.

Mandrake costumes are great for little kids on Halloween. Jen Kayna

Jen Kayna and her family did just that on Hallowen in 2019. Jen dressed as Professor Sprout – complete with a blonde wig and witch hat – and other members of her family went as Neville Longbottom and a Mandrake plant.

Some charms and spells make for great Halloween costumes.

Caro dressed as Harry Potter’s stag Patronus using makeup and a white outfit. Caro/Lotti_Cosplay

Caro of Lotti_Cosplay on Instagram created a unique look when she dressed as a Patronus, or a defensive charm that protects wizards against Dementor creatures. Some Patronuses take the shape of animals – like Harry Potter’s, which is a stag.

You could dress as your favourite character’s Patronus on Halloween, or you could create your own. You’ll simply need some blue makeup, temporary hair colour, and an all-white outfit to achieve the look.