ByKristin Lai, writer at
MP Staff Writer, cinephile and resident Slytherclaw // UCLA Alumna // Follow me on Twitter: kristin_lai
Kristin Lai

When rocking your favorite fandom, there's a fine balance between pulling off an awesome cosplay and keeping everything within budget. Galleons don't grow on trees, after all.

As someone who loves Harry Potter more than my non-existent, hypothetical Muggle children, I find it difficult to resist the urge to dress up as my favorite characters on a day-to-day basis - I'm currently wearing my Gryffindor snuggie in the office as a compromise. Still, I find it even more difficult to reason going broke buying authentic Harry Potter robes.

With that, here are 11 of my favorite homemade Harry Potter cosplays that won't totally break the bank:

1. Hedwig

But can she deliver letters? I mean really, it's important that this letter goes out today.

2. The Golden Snitch

This costume is definitely worth more than 150 points!

3. Fawkes

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Serena /

Even if her tears could cure me from basilisk venom, I wouldn't want to risk ruining her perfect makeup!

4. Marauder's Map

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thewintersgo / Reddit

I solemnly swear that you look fabulous in that dress!

5. Mandrake Root

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Akrotiri /

That little mandrake definitely looks like she could wake her petrified parents from their slumber.

6. Dobby

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Crisselda Valdez /

Dobby is a free elf!

7. Nymphadora Tonks

But don't you dare call her Nymphadora.

8. Luna Lovegood

You don't need to be a millionaire to keep the Nargles away!

9. Potter Puppet Pals

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*sings* Snape, Snape, Severus Snape. Dumbledore!

Whether you clean out your bank account for cosplaying or decide to make do with what you already have by using your serious creativity, doesn't matter as long as you're having a good time!


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