Saturday, 2 November 2013
Make & Do: Home-Made Short-Notice Harry Potter Costume
Yesterday morning I received a text message "reminding" me that my friend Richard's birthday party that evening was fancy dress. But it was the first I heard of it! So I put my thinking cap (or sorting hat!) on, and thought what I could rustle up at short notice. People always comment on my resemblance to a certain boy wizard (and Harry Potter is that boy wizard), so my decision was easy enough!
Now all I needed was the ingredients!
But what is Harry Potter known for? Some things sprang to mind easily, some took a little longer, but pretty soon I had a definitive list of necessaries:
- large plastic-framed spectacles
- the metereological scar on his forehead
- a school tie
- his pet owl Hagrid
- a hat with a face on it
- an invisibility cloak
- a NIMBY HS2000 flying brush
- the medal he was awarded by Princess Leia at the end of Prisoner of Alcatraz when he destroyed the Ring of Power and defeated Lord Vorderman.
I couldn't wait to get stuck in! First I went to Lord Sainsbury's local outlet to see if he could help. He wasn't in, but I had a quick browse and pretty soon found a brush that would suit my needs. It was quite old-fashioned, which is why I think it was going for so cheap, so I got myself a real bargain! I already had marker pens at home, so adding the branding would be easy.
One down, seven to go!
Now, I knew that one of the hardest things to make or acquire would be the owl, Hadron, so I concentrated on that next. Unfortunately, the animal figurine aisle wasn't very well stocked with birds, but they did have a good selection of dinosaurs. But as a scientist, I know that dinosaurs evolved into birds, so I figured that would probably be the best that I could do in such a small timeframe. A speech bubble and a name tag would surely clear up any resulting confusion!
So that was at least two things sorted. I went through the mental checklist, ticking off those things I already had at home. Luckily for me, I'm normally a glasses wearer, I own a stripy school-like tie, my cooking apron would make a great invisibility cloak, and only a few months ago I won a medal for some ten-pin bowling I did.
That was now six things! All I had left to sort out was the scar and the hat, both easily sorted out with some thick card and marker pens (and some elastic bands and a stapler too, of course!).
And Hey! Presto! I was ready for a big night out.
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