How to make a Hogwarts student costume
After our visit to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and the boys' subsequent discovery of the Harry Potter series, how could we not dress up as Hogwarts students for Halloween? To make things even more perfect, we took the Sorting Hat quiz on Pottermore, and we each got sorted into a different house -- 3Po to Slytherin, Jammy to Gryffindor, The Pea and Alfie to Ravenclaw, and yours truly to Hufflepuff. Houses of Howarts, represent! Assembling your own Hogwarts costume couldn't be easier. Here's how to do it:
1) Hogwarts robe
You can buy the Hogwarts robe at any costume store... but only if you want to be a Gryffindor. Slytherin and Ravenclaw robes are fairly rare (you'll probably have to go to the online Halloween costume sites or eBay), and mass-produced Hufflepuff robes aren't available at all (you have to buy them on eBay). I decided to make my own. I used the instructions on how to make a Jedi robe from DeGrave.com and adapted it to Hufflepuff colors (black robe, yellow-lined hood).
2) Hogwarts patch
I used 2 patches: one for the robe and one for the uniform shirt. To make each patch, I printed out a photo of the Hufflepuff crest on iron-on transfer paper, then ironed it on to a square of tshirt fabric. I cut out the crest, and sewed it on.
3) Hogwarts tie
You can buy Hogwarts ties for any of the four houses on eBay for as little as $5, with shipping included! If you don't have time to wait for the tie to arrive, check out thrift shops for used ties. Try to find a tie that matches or approximates your house color.
4) Hogwarts uniform
I bought white button-down shirts from a thrift shop and sewed my homemade crest onto the breast pocket. Boys can wear black pants or shorts and black shoes, while girls can wear a black skirt, grey tights and black boots or shoes.
You can buy plastic wands in any costume store, but I found them ugly and cheap-looking. You can make a much nicer wand with just a sheet of paper, a glue gun, and craft paint; it doesn't take much effort, and the finished wand doesn't look any different from the $30 wands they sell at Universal Studios Orlando. Check out our homemade Harry Potter wands in this post; hopefully you'll be inspired to make your own!