Harry Potter - Harry Potter Franchise

Cost: $100
Time to Make: 15 hours
Costume Made By : Pan
Timeline of Construction: November 2010



I remember being enchanted when I first read the first Harry Potter book a year or so after it was originally published. The series was fresh, fun and put an exciting spin on school, growing up and added a little magic and wonder to the world. I enjoyed reading each book when they were released and seeing the movies. I'm not a huge Harry Potter fan, but I do look back at the franchise fondly. For a couple of years Pan, Sakura and I played around with the idea of Cosplaying from Harry Potter and portraying the main trio. Back in the fall of 2008, I believe, we almost bought some vests, and shirts from Sears to use for Harry Potter costumes. The idea was shelved, but Pan never really forgot about it.

In the summer and fall of 2010 with the upcoming release of Harry potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Pan's love for the franchise was reinvigorated. She decided to make classic robes for herself, Sakura and me so we could Cosplay as Hermione, Harry and Ron respectively. We looked for white dress shirts so we could all have matching shirts and we were able to get really nice shirts at Smart Set.

Pan's attention to detail when making the robes was really impressive. I just love the way she made the sleeves and hood and the fabric she picked for the red lining was really pretty. A lot of people thought we had store bought robes because the job she did sewing them looked so professional. It was really an honour Cosplaying with her.

Pan ordered ties for us online. They're actually youth sized ties because we're so short that adult ties would be too oversized on us. I used my own black dress pants and Pan and I swapped shoes since she has a nice pair of black lace dress shoes and I have a great pair of mary jane shoes.

We're still lacking sweater vests because we would like to order them, but the online store we want to order from is out of stock. Pan made the amazing wands we used as props using paper, spray paint and random things to stuff them with. They looked really great in person. Pan's prop work is pretty awesome.

When we wore these costumes to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 movie premier, Pan didn't have a chance to finish Sakura's and she didn't have time to come so only Pan and I dressed up for it. Since I'm not really a big Ron fan and we didn't have a wig for it, I switched to being Harry instead. I borrowed a wig and glasses from Pan. She also drew a scar on my forehead. I personally much prefer Cosplaying Harry to Cosplaying as Ron. Since Sakura was going to Katsucon and Pan and I wanted to re-wear these costumes at Con-G 2011 the same weekend, I again took on the role of Harry. I did buy a wig for Ron (an Arda magnum in dark copper red) but I've never had a chance to wear it.

It was a lot of fun Cosplaying as Harry. He has a lot of angst to deal with, but he's still a rather endearing and warm person. It was great doing a photoshoot along with Pan with Rock nam Lee at Con-G. Pan is great at portraying Hermione. Sadly we've never been able to Cosplay the full trio together. Sakura never got a chance to wear the robes that Pan made for her. Hopefully one day we will do a Harry Potter trio shoot.

In June 2011 I participated in a Harry Potter music video shoot organized by Mottaboy66 and Mai Sheri called "This isn't Hogwarts!" as it's a tribute video to a fan song. We did the shoot at the lovely U of T campus. I played the role of Harry and we did some fun silly shots for snippets for the video. The full video is up now and it turned out wonderfully thanks to Mottaboy66's amazing video editing skills! Rock nam Lee took some video and some still shots during the shoot so I have a few photos from the event that I've posted in my costume gallery above.

Events/Conventions this costume was worn to
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Opening Day Screening (November 19th, 2010), Con-G 2011 (Saturday) & This isn't Hogwarts! music video shoot (June 4th, 2011)

Photo Credits
EleventhPhotograph & Heekun