- “Harry Potter”-inspired costumes are always extremely popular on Halloween.
- Still, there are plenty of underrated characters you can dress as to stand out during the holiday.
- You could transform yourself into a Quidditch player, or a Honeydukes employee.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
You’ll also need to tie your hair into pigtails, and wear black-rimmed glasses. You might even want to wear gray or blue makeup to look more like a ghost. If you prefer a different ghoul, consider Nearly Headless Nick or The Bloody Baron.
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.
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.
For a similar look, pair your favorite, all-black ensemble with a wand, and the character’s signature curly hairstyle.
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.
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.
To replicate it, you’ll need a green-and-black outfit to represent Slytherin, and a black-and-white wig that matches Narcissa’s hair. You can also get a replica of Narcissa’s wand, which is black with a studded handle.
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.
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.
If you want to wear a similar look on Halloween, you’ll also need some pointed ears and tall blue antennae.
You could dress as your favorite character’s Patronus on Halloween, or you could create your own. You’ll simply need some blue makeup, temporary hair color, and an all-white outfit to achieve the look.
To represent Alohomora — the spell that unlocks doors and is famously spoken by Hermione early in the series — McKinzey painted a lock and numerous keys across her collarbones. She paired the art with glam face makeup.
She also painted her face gray with black lines to illustrate the Duro charm, which turns objects into solid stone.
While you could complete this look with makeup like Amera did, you could also paint the design on clothes and wear that as your costume.