The term “cosplay” was coined in Japan in 1984 and stemmed from fans wearing costumes to science fiction conventions. Cosplay has become a culture that presents itself in various ways and places, through events and conventions, even through social media. What started as a form of expression has developed into a show of creativity, design, acting, artistry, and construction using tools, makeup, costumes, and a world of imagination. The hobby has dramatically increased since the 1990s making it a significant part of popular culture in many areas of the world.
Cosplay is vastly popular in the realms of science fiction, superheroes, and, of course, Harry Potter. Dressed in Hogwarts robes, Quidditch uniforms, dresses, or suits, no costume is complete without a magic wand. From Harry, Ron, and Hermione to Professor Dumbledore, Hagrid, and Snape, there are plenty of personalities and characters that allow us to embrace the magic of the wizarding world. With the vast number of cosplayers around the world, there is a plethora of inspiration at our fingertips.
Meet some of our favorite Harry Potter cosplayers around the world.
@deceptology is a talented Canadian cosplayer, artist, makeup artist, gamer, and Slytherin fan. She magically transforms herself into many characters including Sirius Black, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Ron Weasley.
@cosplayitenglish is a storyteller, explorer, and cosplayer with an uncanny resemblance to Ginny Weasley.
@kariellex is a cosplayer from the United States. Her resemblance to Hermione is perfect whether she is turning back time in the Prisoner of Azkaban or hunting horcruxes in the Deathly Hallows.
If you are more of a Slytherin at heart, take a look at @inwachansarms and see Lord Voldemort as a young, angry Tom Riddle who can make things move without touching them.
Meet Brazilian cosplayer @itshugoliveira whose red hair makes him the ideal Ron Weasley. Check him out in Hogwarts robes or decked out in Quidditch gear. Weasley is our King!
@m2.cosplay is shapeshifter from France who is able to morph into many roles. For Harry Potter, she easily becomes the dark Professor Snape or the brighter Luna Lovegood.
@hobbitparty is a talented cosplayer and fan of wizard fashion. She is a fitting Luna Lovegood with her colorful outfit and pink glasses for spotting wrackspurts. She's also one of our featured brand ambassadors!
@dutchdumbledore brings us the comfort, knowledge, and power of Albus Percival Wulfric Bryan Dumbledore.
@cosplay_giant is everyone’s favorite groundskeeper and teacher of magical creatures. At 6’7”, this cosplayer from Germany is a fitting Hagrid.
@jjpyropi is living her best life in a number of roles. She shines as Draco Malfoy in green Slytherin quidditch robes or in the black suit from Half-Blood Prince.
Part of the cosplay power couple, @michaelrburson is married to Luna Lovegood cosplayer, @hobbitparty. Check out @michaelrburson as Newt Scamander, our favorite protector of magical beasts, or even as Harry Potter.
@carmenvalentina is a Canadian cosplayer and makeup artist. She uses her artistry skills to transform into Harry Potter during the Triwizard Tournament, Sirius Black as the Prisoner of Azkaban, and many other fascinating characters.
Brazilian cosplayer @roncruzvaz bears a close resemblance to Harry Potter whether he is fighting dementors or playing quidditch. Check out photos of him along with @itshugoliveira for best friends Harry and Ron.
Not all cosplayers pick the lead or the easiest characters. @cosplay.is.cool wins our hearts as Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, the grumpy, tough auror with a magical eye.
Cosplay is a family hobby for @familyof4cosplay,a British Canadian family based in Barcelona. Here, we have Professor Sprout who makes us all want take care of herbs and plants.
Italian cosplayer and Slytherin fan @marknight88 is fitting as the blonde Lucius Malfoy tempting Harry Potter with the prophecy in Order of the Phoenix.
How are your divination skills? To have your tea leaves read, check out Swiss cosplayer @domifabienne as Professor Trelawney.
@williamblumberg is the spitting image of Arthur Weasley, everyone’s favorite dad and collector of Muggle artifacts.
Remember, no Harry Potter character can survive without a magic wand. Check out our wands to complete your Harry Potter cosplay outfit.