How to Make Harry Potter Costumes

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Make a Wizard Robe

Make a wizard robe for a Harry Potter costume.
Sitch a set of robes perfect for any witch or wizard. Make a wizard robe for a Harry Potter costume. Rain Blanken

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Why buy a cheap robe when you can put together a costume yourself? If you're not impressed with the packaged costumes, try these methods of assembling your own Harry Potter character costumes. Find some glasses, draw a lightning bolt, and make your own wizard robe to fit the part. 

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How-To Harry Potter Costume

How-to Harry Potter Costume
Make a Harry Potter Costume How-to Harry Potter Costume. Photos ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Harry Potter is a character that kids and grown-ups alike can relate to. This is an easy costume to complete and immediate recognizable.

Maroon and Gold are the colors of Gryffindor house, and you'll need to show them off on Harry's tie, scarf and robe.

Gryffindor Scarf
Make a Gryffindor scarf by crocheting, knitting or felting. Note that the knit scarf pattern has thick blocks of color instead of the thin lines of the Gryffindor scarf that the older students wear.

Gryffindor Tie
Start out with a gold tie. If you don't have one available at home, you can easily purchase one on Amazon.com. Any inexpensive tie will do as you will be painting directly on it. Buy a solid gold tie on Amazon.com.

Use red fabric paint to add the lines on the tie. If you're using paint and a brush, employ a ruler to help you make straight lines. A fabric pen works much easier in this case and most fabric stores have them in many colors.

Make two thick lines, then skip an inch and make a very thin line. Skip another inch and repeat this pattern.

The Gryffindor Robes
Make your own Gryffindor Robe in any size. I takes just minutes with this easy tutorial:

  • How-to Harry Potter Robes

If you're short on time, you can also purchase a Gryffindor robe. Buy on Amazon.com

The Glasses
Finding a pair of round glasses at a thrift store is pretty easy. You can also substitute the these print-out glasses for the real thing.

  • Print a Pair of Harry Potter Glasses

The Hair
Harry's dark brown mop top is easy for most kids to pull off. If you have lighter hair, you can purchase an inexpensive short black wig. Buy on Amazon.com.

The Wand
Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark or light wood varnish to your smoothed wand.

Or, try this easy pencil wand for kids. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand. Buy on Amazon.com.

The Clothes
I suggest looking in a few local thrift shops for these simple elements. Find a white button-down shirt and a black or gray vest to wear over it. Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants. Black dress shoes will work for your feet.

  • How-to Ron Weasley Costume
  • How-to Hermione Costume
  • How-to Draco Malfoy Costume
  • How-to Luna Lovegood Costume

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How-To Ron Weasley Costume

How-To Ron Weasley Costume
Make a Ron Weasley Costume How-To Ron Weasley Costume. Photos ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Ron is not only Harry's right-hand man, he's a funny and talented wizard. If you're more Ron's personality type, try fitting the profile in this easy costume.

Maroon and Gold are the colors of Gryffindor house, and you'll need to show them off on Ron's tie, scarf and robe.

Gryffindor Scarf
Make a Gryffindor scarf by crocheting, knitting or felting. Note that the knit scarf pattern has thick blocks of color instead of the thin lines of the Gryffindor scarf that the older students wear.

Gryffindor Tie
Start out with a gold tie (Compare Prices). Use red fabric paint to add the lines on the tie. If you're using paint and a brush, employ a ruler to help you make straight lines. A fabric pen works much easier in this case and most fabric stores have them in many colors.

Make two thick lines, then skip an inch and make a very thin line. Skip another inch and repeat this pattern.

The Gryffindor Robes
Make your own Gryffindor Robe in any size. I takes just minutes with this easy tutorial:

  • Make a Gryffindor Robe

The Hair
Ron has red hair, which is easy for most hair color types to dye. If you have especially dark brown or black hair, this can be a little difficult. You can try the spary-in hair color, but be forewarned that it will rub off easily onto your clothes.

The Wand
Carry around a broken stick or a stick that has been broken and obviously taped back together. A busted wand is a sure sign that you're playing Ron Weasley.

Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark or light wood varnish to your smoothed wand.

Or, try this easy pencil wand for kids. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand (compare prices).

The Clothes
I suggest looking in a few local thrift shops for these simple elements. Find a white button-down shirt and a black or gray vest to wear over it. Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants. Black dress shoes will work for your feet. If you're going to be a more casual Ron, try to find a large red sweater and khaki pants. Dirty sneakers will work for casual Ron.

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How-To Hermione Costume

How-To Hermione Costume
Make a Hermione Granger Costume How-To Hermione Costume. Photos ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Always the over achiever, Hermione would just love it if everyone dressed up as her. Learn how to make a Hermione costume at home.

Maroon and Gold are the colors of Gryffindor house, and you'll need to show them off on Hermione's tie, scarf and robe.

Gryffindor Scarf
Make a Gryffindor scarf by crocheting, knitting or felting. Note that the knit scarf pattern has thick blocks of color instead of the thin lines of the Gryffindor scarf that the older students wear.

Gryffindor Tie

You’re going to need the following supplies to get started on creating your Gryffindor tie. If you don’t have these available at home, they can all be purchased on Amazon:

  • A gold tie: You’re going to need a tie to get started on this DIY. You can purchase any tie since you’ll be painting directly on it.  

Buy a skinny tie in gold on Amazon.com

  • Maroon fabric paint: Use a paint made specifically to work on fabric. DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint is a permanent paint that adheres to different types of fabric and dries soft to the touch.

Buy DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Acrylic Paint on Amazon.com

  • Paint brush: If you don’t have a paint brush, you should purchase a set that has a variety of sizes. This acrylic set is an inexpensive option and comes with 10 brushes that are easy to clean.

Buy Xpassion Acrylic Paint Brush Set on Amazon.com


Start out with the gold tie. Use maroon fabric paint to add the lines on the tie. If you're using paint and a brush, employ a ruler to help you make straight lines. A fabric pen works much easier in this case and most fabric stores have them in many colors.

Make two thick lines, then skip an inch and make a very thin line. Skip another inch and repeat this pattern.

The Gryffindor Robes
Make your own Gryffindor Robe in any size. I takes just minutes with this easy tutorial:

  • Make a Gryffindor Robe

The Hair
Hermione's hair is on the wild side as a child, her puffed wavy and sometimes crinkly locks can be recreated right out of the shower. Hang your head upside down while it's still wet. Blow dry your hair while scrunching it with your hand. Rub a dime sized amount of styling mousse on your hands before grabbing clumps and pushing them against your head. Buy John Frieda Volume Building Mousse on Amazon.com.

Use a towel to pat clumps of hair against your head to help curl and dry the hair. Once dry, stand up straight and behold your raging afro. Tame it to a nice Hermione volume with some more styling mousse.

The Wand
Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark or light wood varnish to your smoothed wand.

Or, try this easy pencil wand for kids. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand. Buy on Amazon.com.

Time Turner
The Leaky Cauldron provides a set of instructions for a Time Turner.

The Clothes
I suggest looking in a few local thrift shops for these simple elements. Get a white button-down shirt and a black or gray sweater vest to wear over it. Wear a pleated black skirt, knee-high socks and black dress shoes. Mary Janes work nicely.

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How-To Draco Malfoy Costume

How-To Draco Malfoy Costume
Make a Draco Malfoy Costume How-To Draco Malfoy Costume. Photo ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

He's not only a mischievous bully, he's also the son of a Death Eater. Draco Malfoy is everyone's favorite bad boy. Learn how to make a Draco Malfoy costume.

Green and silver are the colors of Slytherin house, and you'll need to show them off on Draco's tie, scarf and robe.

Slytherin Scarf
Make a Slytherin scarf by crocheting, knitting or felting. Note that the knit scarf pattern has thick blocks of color instead of the thin lines of the Gryffindor scarf that the older students wear.

Slytherin Tie
Start out with a green (Compare Prices) tie. You will need to use a silver enamel paint that you would use to paint a model car. Fabric paint will puff up too much for this step, and the silver enamel paint will nicely soak into the tie for a more natural look.

I suggest placing a ruler against your brush while you work to get the straightest lines. Make two thick lines, then skip an inch and make a very thin line. Skip another inch and repeat this pattern.

The Slytherin Robes Make your own Slytherin Robe in any size. I takes just minutes with this easy tutorial:

  • Make a Slytherin Robe

The Wand


Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark or light wood varnish to your smoothed wand.

Or, try this easy pencil wand for kids. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand (compare prices).

The Hair
Draco wears his platinum blond locks cut straight across above the ears. This is typically known as the 'bowl cut' because it can be achieved by sticking a bowl on the top of your head and cutting right around it. For a younger Malfoy look, slick the hair back to the left side. To be an older Malfoy, style the bangs with a just bit of gel to create a slight part at the center of the forehead, but leave the bangs to hang almost in your eyes.

If you don't have the right hair color, you'll need to spring for a cheap wig or even bleach your hair. If you have especially dark hair then it's going to be very difficult to get such a white-yellow color with any kind of hair dye. I suggest spending the ten bucks on a wig instead because bleach can be very hard on your hair.

The Clothes
Look in a few local thrift shops for these simple elements. Find a white button-down shirt and a black or gray vest to wear over it. Wear a pair of black slacks and black dress shoes.

Fact: Did you know that there is a dinosaur named after Draco Malfoy?

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How-to Lucius Malfoy Costume

Lucius Malfoy Costume
Make a Lucius Malfoy Costume Lucius Malfoy Costume. Photos ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Learn how to make a Lucius Malfoy costume with this photo tutorial.

The Cane
In case you don't have any snake-headed canes lying around, you're going to need to make your own using a wooden dowel and some Sculpey.

The Hair
Lucius wears his platinum blond hair long and out of his face.

If you don't have the right hair color, you'll need to spring for a cheap wig or even bleach your hair. If you have especially dark hair then it's going to be very difficult to get such a white-yellow color with any kind of hair dye. I suggest spending the ten bucks on a wig instead because bleach can be very hard on your hair.

The Clothes
If you have any fake fur coats lying around, now is the time to break them out. Not only does he carry around a pimp cane, but Lucius also flaunts his money with an array of tacky fur coats. He also wears a black half-cape at times.

  • How to make a hooded cape

Wear a collared white or black shirt under a black vest to get the basic look. If you want to wear the high-collared button-down jacket, I suggest making a longer version of Snape's jacket.

Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants.

The Shoes Wear a pair of plain black dress shoes or boots. The important part here is that they have been shined up to a fancy sheen.

Death Eater Malfoy Want to go as Death Eater Malfoy instead?

  • Make a Death Eater Costume, complete with mask.

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How-To Death Eater Costume

How-To Death Eater Costume
Make Death Eater Costume How-To Death Eater Costume. Photos ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Death Eaters may be scary, but these costumes are frighteningly easy to make. Learn how to make a Death Eater costume.

The Hooded Cape
You'll need a large black robe or cape. Button or tie it down the middle, so what you wear underneath doesn't matter.

  • Make a hooded cape.

The Mask
You can make a Death eater mask that looks like the ones from the movies, or you can come up with your own design. You can make a mask that fits your face perfectly with just a little newspaper and some glue. After you've made your mask, it's easy to paint on your death eater designs.

  • Make your own Death Eater mask

The Pants


Again, the robe pretty much takes care of any other clothing issues. Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants.

The Shoes
Go with a pair of hefty black boots. Even black sneakers will work in a pinch, and for kids.

The Gloves
Wear a pair of black leather gloves. Any black gloves will do, really.

The Hair
Slick your hair back with gel and keep the hood of your robe up to draw attention away from your hair.

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How to Make a Voldemort Costume

How to Make a Voldemort Costume
Make a Voldemort Costume that will really creep 'em out. How to Make a Voldemort Costume. Photos ©Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Voldemort is a classic villian. Mysterious, vicious and most of all; deadly. Fortunately for you, his costume is relatively simple to recreate. We've got everything you need to make a Voldemort costume.

The Robes
You'll need a large black robe. It buttons across to the right side, so what you wear underneath doesn't matter.

The Pants
Again, the robe pretty much takes care of any other clothing issues. Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants.

The Shoes
Voldemort appears without any shoes, but I would suggest to instead go with a pair of hefty black boots. Even black sneakers will work in a pinch, and for kids.

The Face
There are some ridiculous Voldemort masks out there, but they don't really strike fear into the hearts of anyone because they look too fake. Applying makeup means that you won't have the same nose as Voldemort, but it tends to look better than a mask, anyway.

Use a sponge to cover the face in white to simulate Voldemort's pale skin. Add subtle hints of blue to tint the temples, jawline and a touch under the eyes. Apply a touch of red at the corners of the eyes and under the eyes as well. Make sure you blend the red and blue into the white so that the tints of color appear natural.

The Hair
Well, a lack of hair, really. I suggest getting your hands on a bald cap from your local costume shop. Otherwise, slick your hair back with gel and keep the hood of your robe up so no one is the wiser.

The Hands
I wanted to add a note here because there are some silly rubber gloves selling as part of Voldemort costumes. While J.K. Rowling writes about the extreme length of Voldemort's fingers, I suggest that you just apply a set of fake fingernails and leave it at that.

Rubber hand gloves are not only unsightly looking, they also present a problem when you are trying to pick up or hold just about anything.

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How-to Severus Snape Costume

How-to Snape Costume
How-to Snape Costume. Photos © Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Everyone loves to hate Snape, but there are plenty of Snapethizers out there who would disagree. Learn how to make a Snape costume with this photo tutorial.

The Robes
Snape wears robes that have special sleeves that flare out a lot at the arms and are split up to the shoulder.

  • Use this tutorial for How-To Robes and simply line it with black instead of green. Split each sleeve up the side. Make sure you mark extra-wide sleeves before cutting out the robe.

The Potion Master Jacket
The black jacket that Snape wears under his robes has a high collar and reaches down to just past his knees. The large black buttons start at the neck and end at the bottom of his chest. There are also buttons from the elbows to the wrists on the sleeves.

You can simulate the potion master's jacket by turning up the collar on a black robe and adding buttons down the front. Use safety pins to gather the robe at your back so that it has a tighter fit. For the sleeves, add buttons from elbow to wrist, making sure that they gather the fabric of the robe when fastened.

The Shirts
Underneath the potion master jacket, wear a white collared shirt. This should show a little underneath the unbuttoned high collar of the jacket.

The Pants
One of the easiest parts of this costume is the pants. Wear a pair of black slacks, or make your own simple black drawstring pants.

The Boots
Snape wears black square-toe boots that are usually covered by his long black pants. This is good news for you because you won't have to worry about what the tops of the boots look like. Find any pait of square-toe boots at the thrift store. Apply black shoe polish if they aren't the right color.

The Hair
Wear your hair in a shaggy black cut that is parted down the middle. I suggest smoothing a touch of mousse over the top of the hair to slick it down and add a slightly greasy look.

Dying your hair black is easy because all hair types will take black color well. I suggest a henna hair color because it is gentle on your hair and typically lasts only 4-6 weeks. I've researched the best online prices on henna hair color.

The Wand
Snape uses a polished black wand. It has a few inches of carvings on the helm, but the rest is smooth to the tip.
Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark wood varnish to your smoothed wand. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand (compare prices).

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How-To Luna Lovegood Costume

How-to Luna Lovegood Costume
Make a Luna Lovegood Costume How-to Luna Lovegood Costume. Photos © Warner Bros. Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Luna Lovegood is a quirky Ravenclaw student who has a talent for seeing Thestrals. Learn how to make a Luna Lovegood costume with this complete tutorial.

Ravenclaw house colors are debatable, due to differences between the books and movies. The traditional book colors for Ravenclaw are bronze and dark blue. In the movies, however, the bronze is replaced with light blue.

Ravenclaw Scarf
Make a Ravenclaw scarf by crocheting, knitting or felting. Note that the knit scarf pattern has thick blocks of color.

Ravenclaw Tie
Start out with a dark blue tie. Use light blue or bronze fabric paint to add the lines on the tie. If you're using paint and a brush, employ a ruler to help you make straight lines. A fabric pen works much easier in this case, and most fabric stores have them in many colors.

Make two thick lines, then skip an inch and make a very thin line. Skip another inch and repeat this pattern.

Luna's Ravenclaw Robes
Make your own Ravenclaw Robe in any size. I takes just minutes with this easy tutorial:

  • Make a Ravenclaw Robe

The Spectrespecs

Luna sometimes wears a wacky pair of Spectrespecs. In the movie, these glasses allow her to see Harry while he's got on his invisibility cloak. Make your own right here with a free template and photo tutorial:

  • How-to Spectrespecs

The Hair
Luna sports a head of platinum blond hair. If you don't have the right hair color, you'll need to spring for a cheap wig or even bleach your hair. If you have especially dark hair then it's going to be very difficult to get such a white-yellow color with any kind of hair dye. I suggest spending the ten bucks on a wig instead, because bleach can be very hard on your hair.

Luna's hair is always a little messy. Rub a dot of gel on your fingers and run them through your hair to give it more texture.

The Wand
Any thin stick can be made into a wand. Peel off any bark and use a piece of sandpaper to smooth down the sides of the stick. For a pointed end, use a small knife to whittle the end of the stick. Shaving the end of the stick should be done with adult supervision. Apply a dark or light wood varnish to your smoothed wand.

Or, try this easy pencil wand for kids. You can also spring for a toy Harry Potter wand (compare prices).

The Clothes
Luna has a unique sense of style, to say the least. She wears Spectrespecs on occasion, as well as big peyote radish earrings.

For Luna's uniform: A white button-down shirt, black or gray sweater vest to wear over it. Wear a black pencil skirt, knee-high socks and black dress shoes.

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Hogwarts Student Accessories

Hogwarts Student Costume
Make Your Own Hogwarts Student Accessories Hogwarts Student Costume. David Westing / Getty Images

Create a robe and all of the small touches that make a Hogwarts student costume complete.

How-To Hogwarts Scarves
Knit or Crochet a scarf for your costume:

  • Gryffindor Scarf
  • Slytherin Scarf
  • Hufflepuff Scarf
  • Ravenclaw Scarf

Printable: Harry Potter Glasses

Printable: Spectrespecs

How-To Hogwarts Student Robes
Sew an easy robe for your favorite student House.

  • Gryffindor Robes
  • Slytherin Robes
  • Ravenclaw Robes

More Easy Costume Elements:

  • Make a Hooded CapeMake a Death Eater Mask
  • How-To Yarn Wig
  • Simple Drawstring Pants
  • Make an Easy Skirt
  • How-To Fairy Wings