Our family loves Harry Potter. We also love group Halloween costumes. The two go perfectly together! In the next few posts, I want to share with you some of our diy Harry Potter costumes that are fast, easy, and inexpensive. Harry Potter loving families can’t go wrong with these!
Professor Quirrell is the awkward stuttering professor that we meet in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. He always wears a turban, and we find out at the end of the book, that Lord Voldemort is actually possessing Professor Quirrell and living on the back of his head, covered by the turban. Professor Quirrell provides a fun and surprising costume. Here is how I created my Professor Quirrell.
The basic clothing pieces for Quirrell are easy. I used a black graduation gown for his wizard robes and bought a long piece of purple fabric for his turban. I bought 3 yards and cut the fabric in half width wise. Then I sewed the two pieces together so that it is very long. Many different fabrics will work, but I bought a nice stretchy t-shirt fabric that had a lot of give to it. This allows us to wrap it tight when we are creating the turban.
The key to the costume is to create Voldemort’s head peeking out from the back of the turban. At this point in the stories, Voldemort is barely alive and has a white ghostly face, slit-like red pupils and an almost flat, nose.
I started with a paper mache skeleton mask. You can find them at many different craft stores, but this one is from Walmart. I wanted to create a more narrow face for Voldemort, so I trimmed the outer edges down quite a lot using scissors. This also allowed the mask to lay flatter.
Next, I had to do something about the holes. I cut some cardboard out that fit nicely into the eye and nose holes and glued it in with a hot glue gun. To make it nice and smooth, I used some wood putty and filled the holes so that they were nearly flat with the mask. After a quick sanding to smooth out the putty, I painted the whole thing white, so I had a nice clean backdrop to paint a face on.
Using some online photos, I painted Voldemort’s face the best I could. I do not claim to be an artist, but it won’t matter too much because most of the face will be hidden. You just need to create the illusion of Voldemort.
To make it easier when you wrap the turban, it is best to attach the mask to a cap or beanie. This will help stabilize it. I had an old baseball cap that I cut the brim off. I covered the remaining cap with the fabric and then glued it down. Again, this doesn’t have to be perfect because the turban will be covering the cap.
Now, you just have to practice wrapping the turban. It takes a little bit of practice, but soon you will be a pro! Make sure that the turban covers the edges of the mask so that just portions of Voldemort are peeking through. This will make it more creepy and give everyone a little surprise when you turn around.
For more Harry Potter Halloween, check out our Hedwig costume. Happy Harry Potter Halloween!