Any effective Gryffindor costume must have certain elements, whether it’s an outfit for a budding Harry Potter, Ron Weasley or Hermione Granger.
Your child may of course be enchanted by a different character from the house of Gryffindor – Angelina Johnson, Fred or George Weasley, Seamus Finnigan, Neville Longbottom or Parvati Pavil!
If you’re dressing up as a family, mom and dad could always plump for Molly and Arthur Weasley! Now there’s an idea 😉
The Gryffindor crest and the house colors separate the real Gryffindor house students from the imitators! So let’s see how to dress up in a costume that really looks like the real thing:
The Gryffindor Crest
All Gryffindor robes must include the Gryffindor crest to show they are really authentic. The animal that symbolizes Gryffindor is, of course, the golden lion which appears on a scarlet background, so any crests you buy or create must include this.
Crests can either be sewn onto robes, painted on, or you can simply buy ready-made robes with an authentic crest included.
For a Harry Potter party, you might even consider buying a few wall scrolls with the crest and colors and turning your living room in the Gryffindor common room.
Gryffindor costume colors
The colors signifying Gryffindor house are scarlet and gold. In the Harry Potter movies the red sometimes appears as a color closer to maroon – it really depends on whether you want costumes to be true to the books or the movies.
Many children may want things to look like they do in the movies, because that’s what they have a clear picture of in their head.
Gryffindor tie and scarf
The tie and scarf are important parts of the Gryffindor uniform. The striped scarlet and gold ties are worn at all times during classes, and scarfs are often worn at Quidditch matches to show support for the team.
If your child is going to wear school uniform, maybe with the robe on top, you’ll need a tie. A scarf is a good idea if you’re going trick or treating, of course.
Godric Gryffindor and the Gryffindor sword
The founder of Gryffindor house was a wizard named Godric Gryffindor. He and three other witches and wizards founded Hogwarts school and the four houses that bear their names.
Gryffindor approved of courageous kids, and these are the qualities shown by students in Gryffindor house throughout the Harry Potter stories. This is also a quality the Sorting Hat picks up on in a new student at Hogwarts when it decides they should be in Gryffindor house.
The Gryffindor sword also plays an important role in several scenes throughout the seven instalments of the Harry Potter series. The sword only appears when a Gryffindor student is in great need of its power. The sword is pulled out of the sorting hat itself. Because of its unique power, it can be used as a weapon to destroy Voldemort’s magical items.
True replica swords can be expensive as an addition to a Gryffindor costume – but a long toy silver plastic sword will do, especially if you can decorate the handle with red “rubies!” And don’t forget to inscribe the name Godric Gryffindor down the blade in a marker pen 🙂
The Gryffindor Quidditch team
The Quidditch team is one of the things that really excites children about Gryffindor house.
This is the team Harry plays for and eventually becomes captain of, and later in the Harry Potter series, Ron Weasley also joins him on the team as goalkeeper.
The Quidditch tournaments are the cause of much excitement for the students at Hogwarts and in particular help to fuel the rivalry between Harry from Gryffindor and Draco Malfoy from Slytherin house. The Gryffindor team wins the House Cup three times throughout the seven books.
Now, if your child would like to dress up as Harry playing Quidditch, that’s no problem! Choose the scarlet Quidditch robe instead of the black robe worn inside school. That way your child gets to wear a Gryffindor costume with a difference!