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Harry Potter Magical Creatures Costumes

Updated on October 9, 2013

Unusual Harry Potter Halloween Costume Ideas

Are you looking for a Harry Potter costume that's a bit different (for example, this magnificent phoenix costume by Danielle Hurly)? Are you trying to find a character that everyone else at the Harry Potter Halloween party you've been invited to won't be coming as? Why not go as one of the many magical creatures that populate Harry's world? Here you'll find a large selection of enchanting Harry Potter magical creature costumes for all ages, budgets and tastes.


All Phoenix photos used with permission from Danielle of Danielle Hurly 's Costume Shop

Phoenix Costume
Phoenix Costume

The Role of Magical Beings in Harry Potter

Magical creatures play an important part in the Potter books, rounding out the landscape and profoundly influencing the outcome of the series, as when Dobby rescues Harry from the Malfoy's dungeon, or when Fawkes saves Harry from dying of Basilisk poison.

There are three kinds of magical creatures in Harry Potter beasts, beings and spirits.

Beings include humans, goblins, hags, and vampires. Fairies, pixies, gnomes, leprechauns and most other creatures are classified as "beasts, while ghosts are classified as spirits.

Below you'll find a complete lexicon of the magical creatures in the Harry Potter books, with costumes to match.

Cats

(Crookshanks, Mrs Norris and McGonagall)

Although JKR seems ambivalent in her feelings about cats, Hogwarts is full of them from Crookshanks to Mrs. Norris. In fact, the first indication that something strange is going on in the series is a tabby cat sitting on the wall outside the Dursley's house, reading the street sign.

Why not go as Minerva McGonagall, when she's transformed herself into a tabby cat?

Centaurs

Centaurs look like they are half human, half horse, but this is a misconception Centaurs are entirely different species on their own. They get very testy when insulted, as Professor Umbridge found out. Centaurs are especially talented in divination, archery, and astronomy.

If you want to go to a Harry Potter party as Bane you'll have to make your own costume as there don't seem any commercially available ones, but here's a video of a homemade one and a site with the instructions for how to make it.

If you're thinking about making your own Centaur costume

here are some props to help you out.

Dementor

Dementors feed off human emotions, particularly happiness, and thus bring despair to anyone around them. A Dementor can also suck out a person's soul, leaving the person an empty shell. If you want to dress up as the the darkest of the dark, and the scariest of the scary, here's your costume.

Watch a Real Live Dementor Attack on the 2009 Quidditch World Cup

Dragons

One of my favorite scenes in the Potter books is when Harry, Hermione and Ron break out of Gringotts on the back of a dragon. Dragons are some of the fiercest and most dangerous creatures in the magical world, yet they have their admirers (notably Hagrid). Are you one?

Infant / Toddler Dragon Costume - $21.95
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Elves

Dobby, Winky and Kreacher

The magical world couldn't function without house elves. They cook its food, clean its castles, run its errands, and watch over its children. (You'd think there would be an auxiliary organization called Moms for SPEW, wouldn't you?)

They are supremely loyal, devoted, and must do their master's bidding unless they are freed. However, most elves seem to enjoy being enslaved (Dobby being the exception that proves the rule), and view the idea of being freed and paid for their services as a disgrace.

Elves have many magical powers, including some that wizards don't have, like the power to apparate in and out of places that wizards can't.

Dobby, Winky and Kreacher are elves who play important roles in the Harry Potter series. Dobby tries to protect Harry several times, and in the end is killed while saving his life

Fairles

Fairies don't play a large role in the Harry Potter books, but they are mentioned. Professor Flitwick may have used live fairies as Christmas decorations, and their wings are used in certain potions.

Giants

There a several giants and half-giants in the Harry Potter books, including one of the most beloved characters: Hagrid

and if you're going as Hagrid, what better prop than Fluffy?

"A ghost, as I trust that you are all aware by now, is the imprint of a departed soul left upon the earth... and of course, as Potter so wisely tells us, transparent."

(Don't you just love Snape when he's being snide?)

Ghosts

Nearly Headless Nick, the Bloody Baron

Hogwarts ghosts are transparent (as Harry so wisely told us), silvery and leave a cold sensation when touched. These effects are difficult to render in a costume, but there is a way you can go as Nearly Headless Nick

Gnomes

Gnomes in Harry Potter are not cheery little fellows, but mildly vicious creatures who infest the gardens of wizards and bite when evicted. The Weasleys constantly do battle with their garden Gnomes, throwing them over the hedge. But the Weasley gnomes always come back, because Aurther is soft on them. However, he may be correct in this view, since according to Xenophilius Lovegood, gnome saliva has many beneficial properties.

Goblins

Goblins are extremely clever, and are excellent metal smiths. They are also the magical world's bankers, owning and running Gringotts, the wizarding world's central bank. According to Bill Weasely, who worked at Gringotts, they believe that wizards cannot be trusted in matters of gold and treasure, and that they have no respect for goblin ownership, as evidenced by the long running dispute over the ownership of the sword of Gryffindor. Goblins have rebelled on several occasions against wizards, but though generally neutral in the war against Voldemort, did help wizards on occasion when they stood to gain by it.

Ghouls

Ghouls are ugly creatures that live in wizarding attics, basements and toilets. They are relatively stupid creatures who communicate by groaning and making other noises. The Weasleys had one that lived in the attic and banged on the pipes. (As Ron noted, they were too poor for a house elf -although why this should matter is not clear since house elves don't get paid - and the best they could do was a ghoul. ) The Weasley ghoul assisted in the war against Voldemort by impersonating Ron while he was off hunting for Horcruxes in book seven of the series,

Hags

Hags play a minor role in the Harry Potter series, but they do appear. Hags occasionally show up in Knockturn Alley and Hogsmeade. Harry encounters one in the Leaky Caldron, eating raw liver and Gilderoy Lockart wrote a book about them - Holidays with Hags. Although they have been granted the status of Being by the Ministry of Magic, they are highly unsavory creatures who eat not only raw liver, but children.

Mermaids

Merpeople are sentient beings who look like half humans half fish, though like Centaurs they are a separate species of their own and not half breeds. Merpeople make several appearances in the Harry Potter books. A portrait of a sleeping mermaid hangs in the prefects' bathroom and they were used during the Triwizard Tournament in the fourth of the Potter books. Dolores Umbridge once tried (but failed) to get the Ministry of Magic to round up Merpeople due to her hatred of half-breeds.

Owls - Hedwig, Pigwidgeon

Even seemingly ordinary creatures like owls take on extraordinary properties in JKR's magical world. Owls, for example, carry messages and packages between the magical and muggle world, and they always know where to find the addressee, no matter where he is. Hedwig, Harry's pet owl, also provides warmth and companionship when Harry needs it during lonely summers at the Dursleys.

Phoenix Costume
Phoenix Costume

Phoenixes

Fawkes

Phoenixes are very magical creatures, with many magical properties. They regenerate themselves when they become old by bursting into flame and rising from the ashes. They can lift enormously heavy loads, and their tears are an antidote to poison. Phoenix feathers can also form the core of a magic wand. Who wouldn't want to go to a party as the magical Fawkes, who saves Harry from death after the Basilisk's fang poisons him, and comforts the mourners at Dumbledore's funeral? It took first place in the DC101 Elliot in the Morning's Halloween Bash costume contest,

Danielle Hurly 's Costume Shop

(If you want one of these for next Halloween, better order now, as this amazing costume took 300 hours to complete. Worth going over there for a look at the rest of the pictures and costumes though - they are really special)

Or make your own phoenix bird costume with body paint, using instructions provided by Breanna at Instructables.

If your looking for a Phoenix Costume - that's a little less pricey, but still very nice

check this one out on eBay

Trolls

Trolls are big and dumb, so dumb, in fact, that there is a failing exam grade named after them. Trolls eat raw flesh, including even humans. There are three different types of troll: forest trolls, mountain trolls and river trolls. A troll plays a memorable roll in the Potter books when Harry and Ron save Hermione from one, after they've mistakenly locked her in the bathroom with it.

"There are some things you can't share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them."

JKR in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Unicorns

Fourth year Hogwarts students study unicorns in their Care of Magical Creatures class. Unicorn tail hair is used for wand cores, and their horns, tails and manes are used in various magical potions. The blood of a unicorn can keep a person who is near death alive, but that person will have a cursed life for being responsible for the death of such an innocent creature. Quirrel killed unicorns so that Lord Voldemort could drink their blood and remain alive until he could perform the spell using Harry's blood which would return him to power.

Vampires

Vampires make several appearances in the Harry Potter books. Professor Quirrell claimed to have studied vampires in the Black Forest and Gilderoy Lockhart wrote a book about them, Voyages with Vampires, in which he tames a vampire so that it eats nothing but lettuce. Eldred Worple also wrote a book about them Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires, after spending time living with them. He even invites one (Sanguini) to a Christmas party a Hogwarts.

Werewolves

Why not go as Remus Lupins "furry little problem?

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      ah ha! someone does love everything Potter!

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      AllThingsPotter 3 years ago

      Thanks! I am a huge Potterphile myself, and I especially love all the magical creatures in the Potter books.

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      AllThingsPotter 3 years ago

      Thanks! I am a huge Potterphile myself, and I especially love all the magical creatures in the Potter books.

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      WriterJanis2 3 years ago

      Very cute ideas. My son is a total fan.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Very cool costume selection, my daughter is very into Harry Potter right now!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Lovely Harry Potter costume lens. Pinned to my Harry Potter board.

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      rawwwwwws lm 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing, enjoyed my time passing by your lens!

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      Tolovaj Publishing House 4 years ago from Ljubljana

      I wish I have an Elf to clean for me;)

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      What an awesome selection of Harry Potter outfits - really enjoyed browsing here :)