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Coolest Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter Costume 13

by Gill
(Northamptonshire)

Homemade Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter Costume

Homemade Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter Costume

Homemade Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter Costume
Homemade Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter Costume

When we were invited to go to a Halloween Party, I immediately thought of going in a Homemade Dobby the House Elf from Harry Potter Costume. My friends call me “The Gnome” anyway because I’m so small so I thought Dobby would be ideal. I started looking at pictures on the internet and there are three main “Dobby” features that are his googly green eyes, floppy ears and “pillow” case rag dress. I was going to make the eyes out of half a ping pong ball and attach them to my head somehow but whilst in a local cheapo hardware shop. I found a box of large sunglasses for sale at 50p a time so decided to paint eyes on them instead, leaving an unpainted “pupil” to see through. They had the added advantage of being able to attach Dobby ears to the frames so I was very pleased with this idea.

I cut out some Dobby shaped ears from a cardboard catfood box and added some polyfilla to create a bit of shape and then painted in more shading so they looked a bit more three dimensional. I used nose putty for my nose but it fell off towards the end of the evening so wasn’t a great success but it did add to the Dobby face so was worth doing.

The “pillowcase dress” I made out of an old decorating sheet, stapled at the sides with a bit left on one side to tie together around the shoulder in a big knot. The only “ready made” item I bought were some huge rubber feet that I tied onto my own over trainers. I wore tights on my arms and legs to keep warm!

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Coolest Fleur Delacour Costume 15

by Linda
(B.C.)

Coolest Fleur Delacour Costume 15

Coolest Fleur Delacour Costume 15

This is our costume for Fleur Delacour - one of the Beaux Baton girls from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. She ends up marrying one of Ron Weasley's brothers in a later movie.

This Fleur Delacour Costume was made from a full-length grad dress bought from a Value Village store. I cut off the lower portion and turned it into a cape. Because the dress had tiny spaghetti straps, I found a matching blue ladies' shirt and sewed them together. I was able to keep the zipper of the dress intact and just cut the shirt down the back and add ties to keep it together.

Two other shirts in different blue colours were cut apart to form the collars and cuffs. We found a black hat and spray painted it blue. Note: a wool hat absorbs lots of paint - it took several days and coats to make the hat remotely blue.

The blue wand is just a stick spray painted in the same blue as the hat. Black tights and black shoes completed the look (I didn't attempt to match the shoes to the character - ran out of time).

The trickiest part was finding all the right colours of blue fabric. In all there are 4 colours, 1 dress and 3 shirts, to make this Fleur Delacour Costume :)

Because of the back ties on the bodice my older daughter wore this in the summer for a Harry Potter themed dance contest.

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Coolest Harry Potter Family Costume 14

by Anna
(West Michigan)

Homemade Harry Potter Family Costume

Homemade Harry Potter Family Costume

Homemade Harry Potter Family Costume
Homemade Harry Potter Family Costume
Homemade Harry Potter Family Costume

Last year we went as 'The Wizard of Oz', so we went with another fantasy novel this year - 'Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets'.

We used graduation gowns from a thrift store for the kids - I duct taped 'hemmed' them, and found white collared shirts in our closet. We did dye Harry and Ron's hair, and purchased McGonagall's cape and hat off a clearance rack. The Hogwarts badges we printed and laminated from a graphic I found on-line, then fastened to their robes. Crookshank's hooded vest was a 50-cent garage sale cast-off. We masking taped Ron's wand to look broken, and ripped open the top and sides of a pillowcase for Dobby's costume, tying knots at the corners. The mask was the only big purchase - from eBay. Believe it or not, Menards had wands and Potter glasses on clearance for a few dollars.

Hagrid was the hardest - my poor husband got stuck in my oversized (men's) dress coat that was too small for him. He had a dinge-colored thermal shirt and brought home his old work boots. But the wig - heavens. It was a rock-star wig that I had to give a major haircut and frizz up by brushing until it was thick and full.

But everyone loved seeing our Homemade Harry Potter Family Costume. And I don't think it turned out too badly, considering how podged together and cheaply we did it.

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Coolest Golden Snitch Costume 12

by Kasey G
(Gorham, Maine)

Homemade Golden Snitch Costume

Homemade Golden Snitch Costume

Homemade Golden Snitch Costume
Homemade Golden Snitch Costume

For Halloween I made a Golden Snitch costume, aka a Quidditch ball from Harry Potter. To make the round part I paper mached around a large exercise ball, which took about 20 coats to get to the thickness desired. I then did the detailing on the sides based on some rough pictures I found on the internet. To finish off the ball I spray painted the entire thing gold.

To make the wings, I bought a plain white long sleeve t-shirt and spray painted it gold, and hand sewed sheer white fabric to the arms to make it look "realistic".

One of my roommates and a friend dressed up as Quidditch players from the Gryffindor and Slytherin houses and chased me through the College's Campus Center on brooms trying to catch the golden snitch. We then proceeded to run throughout campus.

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