For those who don't know, I'm a big fan of Luna Lovegood… she is my favorite character in the Harry Potter stories! A few weeks ago I read this article by actress Evanna Lynch who played Luna, "Why the Body Bind is my nightmare" – and felt inspired to do a post on tips for making a Luna inspired costume. I thought it would be a fun alternative to a "What I wore today" post this week!
How to make a Luna Lovegood costume… What you'll need:
- Radish (or dirigible plum) earrings and a Butterbeer cork necklace! I made mine with random stuff (beads, a wine cork, string, earring parts, paint and felt) I had around the house… so they weren't exactly like the beaded earrings and necklace but close enough for a midnight showing. If you enjoy making bead jewelry, there is a great tutorial on Leaky Cauldron on how to replicate the earrings. Annnd if you aren't into crafting, you can buy replicas of Luna's jewelry from the WB store.
- Spectrespecs – buy or make your own! I chose to make mine with the linked template and attaching it to an old pair of sunglasses (without the pink and blue lenses so I could see better).
- The Quibbler - If you are able to go to the Wizarding World in Orlando, they have mock copies for sale just like the one Luna holds in Half Blood Prince… but if not - Make your own copy! This is super easy – I printed out the pages and glued them on a stapled paper booklet I had around the house. If you wanted to get real crazy, you could even try to create the inside of a quibbler! 😉
- Blue tights, funky long socks, and colorful sneakers – I picked up tights at a local discount store, and used socks and shoes I already owned. But – If you don't already have blue tights, you can get a pair from we love colors. As for shoes, I don't have recommendations but I'm sure something could be found on Zappos.com or Ebay – you just need purpley/burgandy shoes… if they have a flower pattern, even better! See below for a close up of the actual shoes. Socks are usually easy to find, especially during the colder months… but if you are having trouble tracking a pair down, try out these in "light green" or these in "petrol". They are pretty close to what Luna wore in photos.
- A pink tweed coat and spacey skirt – I'm not sure where to get an exact coat like Luna's, and I know the skirt she wore was from H&M, but it is no longer for sale… So I tried to find a similar shaped bright pink coat at a discount store (TJ Maxx) and made my own version of the skirt. I painted black fabric to match the photo close ups, let it dry, and then sewed it together with a simple elastic waist. For the more complex shapes like the horse looking animals and birds, I cut out a paper stencil to paint with. Here is a sample of the pattern I painted on it and the bird and horse looking shapes:
Click to download my stencils to paint your own skirt fabric!
Pictures of the painted fabric before sewing the skirt:
If you want to get super into things you can also wear a wig! I just went with my hair pulled to the side, but maybe for the next midnight showing I'll have a wig. Once again, just have fun and do what works best with your budget! 🙂
Here are two pictures of me dressed as Luna with my friends at the midnight release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows pt 1.
A fun little extra: My friend Emma recently made me a Xeno Lovegood inspired mug (as spotted in his kitchen during the Deathly Hallows discussion), and I love to drink out of it when I'm in a Luna-ish mood…It's my favorite mug to use because it's perfect for drinking my double espressos in the morning! Above is a cellphone pic I took over the holidays of it. If you'd like one for yourself, she has more in different colors! http://www.etsy.com/listing/68724572/wizard-mug
Well that's it! If you have any photos of yourself dressed as Luna, or try making anything in this post – Let me know! I'd love to see 🙂
-update – if you are just now seeing this post, you might enjoy this post as well featuring an illustration I did of Luna's mural! ❤