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Hogwarts Gryffindor Costume

Gryffindor Costume

20 years ago, J.K. Rowling published a book that would open millions of minds to the world of magic that is Harry Potter. I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone the summer I turned 11, and waited with baited breath for my Hogwarts letter well into the night that late July evening. I then grew up along with the the books and characters and still escape in to this place of everlasting magic year after year.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of my favorite book series yet to be published… The reveal of my Gryffindor Costume!

Gryffindor Costume

Gryffindor Costume

Harry Potter Gryffindor Costume

If you haven’t guessed by now, I’m in Gryffindor! Have you been sorted yet? Take the test on Pottermore! This is such a fun costume to wear, and a great one to work on! The cloak was my first project I tackled on my new sewing machine, and for winging it without a real pattern, it turned out pretty decent! I definitely learned a LOT. Tutorial and lessons learned coming soon!

Gryffindor Costume

Just your everyday Gryffindor…

To pull off your own Hogwarts House Costume, you will need:

Your Wand (See examples, part 1 and part 2)

Gryffindor Costume

My personal wand pictured here is the “Oxford” in my DIY Wand Tutorial Part 1

Gryffindor Costume

Your Cloak (tutorial coming soon!)

Gryffindor Costume

Hogwarts House Badge

Gryffindor Costume

Hogwarts House Tie

Harry Potter tie 12

And of course, your Hogwarts school books! Care of Magical Creatures anyone?

Gryffindor Costume

Gryffindor Costume

Thank you to J.K. Rowling for showing me that for a writer, magic truly exists.


Hi! I'm Alyce.
Welcome to my journey towards living a happier and healthier life while living with PTSD and chronic pain... and never letting it keep me from my passion for Halloween, cooking, and way too many DIY projects... all at the same time!

Costume & Makeup Tutorials


  • My first attempt at a stone makeup! Used Mehron water activated grey base, black to like the creases on my had (so many!) and black and white stipple fir more dimension. Turned out pretty cool, I'm hoping to do a full face application soon!
  • Today was a lesson in moderation. I have too much on my plate, and sometime you just have to accept that it is ok to accept defeat and just relax. This burned hand makeup was inspired as half of a poem(see previous post). Since the inspiration required two hands, I actually did all on this with my non-dominant hand! Gelatin for the burn scars, and my Ben Nye  bruise wheel for color.
  • i have loved
with hands closed
and hands open
both are accompanied
by their own type of pain

by @andrewcoonswriting 
This was truly an example of art inspiring art. If you haven't read @andrewcoonswriting poetry, you need to follow him asap! Having both suffered heartbreak and chronic pain myself, this poem spoke to my heart, and I knew I wanted to use it for my next makeup look. 
The two types of pain display an open hand of stone, and a curled hand of burns. A love present but immovable, and love that burns hot and fast, leaving us scarred for life. 
Check out more of his work and keep an eye out for his new book of poetry, "Living with it," coming out in September!
  • So. Thirsty. Glycerin makes a great base for cracked and peeling lips. And you actually can't drink wearing it... at least, not without a straw. Now back to my morning caffeine infusion. I used my Ben Nye bruise wheel for the minimal colors, and my usual foundation to color the glycerin "skin."
  • Bloody knuckles! Today calls for a quick makeup and an early bedtime, as my sciatic nerve pain is approaching 11... I wanted a wound down to the bone, so I built up the torn skin with gelatin and rimmed the inside of the wound with black, leaving bare skin in the middle to take the appearance of bone when the look is done. I toned the gelatin with red water activated paint, and filled in with a rust and stippled purple to simulate the start of bruises. Finally, I coated it all down in blood. Not bad for a quick and dirty makeup!
  • "EAT SLUGS MALFOY!" Not a fun spell, and not one to attempt with a faulty wand. This "bonus" Chamber of Secrets was born literally from the thought that my ice cube tray looked like slugs! I had to pair my vom with some extra eye bags from a day of puking slugs. "Better out than in."
  • As promised... part two for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: The Basilisk after being blinded by Fawkes the Phoenix. This was a faster approach but I still think it turned out quite nice. The edges of the punctured eyes was made with glycerin, and I tried out my new Ben Nye scan blood! A great way to take a typical snake makeup to a different level.
  • Back to my Harry Potter series... nothing is more essential to the plot of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets than the Basilisk! I actually Iove the hell out of this one, done with mehron water activation paints and fishnet stockings. Aannndddd, since I was not on top of my game last week, I'm bringing you a two for one! Check back soon for part two of this look.
  • This look was a not so successful attempt at a major broken dose... think car accident minus other scrapes. Things I liked: I feel like the beginning of the bruise settling into the cheek was great. Not so much: I wanted to replicate swelling and added glycerin to build up the ridge on the nose. I think I needed to blend it out a little bit more, as it looks too abrupt. I also feel like this look has far too much red and purple in it. I think I could've accomplished a much better makeup with far less color, another one to try again soon!


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