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|I chose this character as I felt I could relate to Hermione from the first book. She reminded me of myself back in my first year of secondary school, I was the know-it-all in the class, always reading and forever shoving my hand in the air to answer the question. That soon changed lol but I still adore Hermione's character and her strong spirit.|
I'm basing this costume on how she appears in the Order of the Phoenix and the Half Blood Prince films.
"Hermione's most prominent features include her prodigious intellect and cleverness. She is levelheaded, book-smart and is very good with logic, but at first, she has a tendency to panic in intense or scary situations and is not good at thinking on her feet. However, by Deathly Hallows, she has learned to be more instinctive, saving everyone's lives more than once with her quick thinking. She is often bossy yet very loyal and conscientious. Hermione has quite a lot of vulnerability in her personality as well as a sense of insecurity underneath and to compensate, she tries to be the best at everything at school, projecting a false confidence that can irritate people.
Hermione has an extremely compassionate side to her personality and is quick to help others, especially those who are defenceless, such as Neville Longbottom, first-years, House-Elves, fellow Muggle-borns, half-giants like Hagrid, and werewolves like Lupin. Hermione is also very protective of her friends and values them so much that Rowling has suggested that, if Hermione had looked in the Mirror of Erised, she would have seen Harry, Ron, and herself "alive and unscathed, and Voldemort finished."
I commissioned my robes from Whimsic Alley which is a US based store. I'm really pleased with their quality, for more details please see my journals.
The Gryffindor crest patch for the robes was bought from Blue Tiger Trading on ebay and had to be adjusted slightly (see journal). It's an iron-on patch but I preferred to sew it on.
I bought the cardigan from Lochaven Of Scotland who make all the cardigans, jumpers and tank tops to be worn by the cast and extras for every film in the Harry Potter series. Again see my journal for more details.
The skirt was bought from Marks and Spencer's school uniform range. As I have a small waist I can still fit into senior girls skirts which is helpful. It has the 2 kick pleats like Hermione's but I have to wear it back to front to hide the front pockets ^^' As I'll be wearing robes this will hide the fact I'm wearing it wrong haha! The skirt is black and I think the Hogwarts girls wear dark grey skirts but I can only find light grey ones so the black looked better.
The shirt, tights and shoes were bought from Tescos and the shoes had to be altered slightly (see journal).
The tie is a Noble Collection replica.
The wig was bought on ebay, the length just needed trimming slightly which my mum did for me =) I went for a blonde shade as in the later films Emma Watson appears to have bleached her hair slightly, it definitely appears more blonde than brown in certain scenes depending on the lighting. If I was cosplaying the book version I would of course get a brown wig.
I bought a replica of Hermione's wand from The Noble Collection which comes in an Ollivander's box =) (see journal for details).
This cosplay only required slight adjustments of bought items but I spent a long time researching and sourcing items as accurate to the films as I could find. This costume is now officially my most expensive one ^^' But I believe I will have many chances to re-wear it. It's nice and cosy for the winter months which is a good change as I normally freeze to death in my outfits lol
I first wore this cosplay to the opening of the new store I'm working in- Red Sun Comics and Collectables. My boss' daughters were also dressed as Hermione and were my helpers for the day bless them. Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick) was one of our guests at the opening and when posing for a photo with him he used a pen for a wand and said "Ok Miss Granger, wands at the ready" which was awesome as I was nervous about meeting him haha. The customers kept going "Hello Hermione" which was amusing and shows my cosplay was definitely recognised. It got a little hot though wearing the cardigan and the robe in the packed shop so I shan't be planning to wear this costume in the summer lol
It's first "proper" outing was at the October 2010 London MCM Expo. Although it was cold outside I was so hot inside the ExCel centre, especially the main Expo hall. Those that commented on it said my costume was accurate and Leadmill said I actually looked quite young, yay? (I'm actually 22 lol) I did see a few other HP cosplayers but sadly I was always heading somewhere else so didn't get a chance to have my photo taken with them. RenDMC took some photos of me in the evening when it had already got dark so she's going to try and photoshop my wand doing the "Lumos" spell which should be cool =D
September 2011- New photos from a private photo shoot!
Wore this again to FushiCon 2011 and entered the cosplay masquerade. Got a few new photos but still haven't managed to get some with fellow HP cosplayers, I need a Ron and Harry!
|Add Gryffindor patch to robes||Low||Complete|
|Get photos with Ron and Harry||Low||Planned|
|Charcoal grey cardigan with Gryffindor stripes- Lochaven Of Scotland||£49.99||Bought|
|Black dolly shoes/ pumps with strap||£5.00||Bought|
|Girls white school shirt||£4.00||Bought|
|Black school skirt with kick pleats||£15.00||Bought|
|Gryffindor tie- The Noble Collection||£20.99||Bought|
|Butterscotch Strawberry Blonde wavy wig||£32.99||Bought|
|Gryffindor robes- Whimsic Alley||£79.90||Bought|
|Hermione's wand- The Noble Collection||£17.49||Bought|
|Gryffindor crest robe patch||£4.00||Bought|
Wig (Posted 7th October 2010)
This journal is just to show off the before and after photos. My mum trimmed it for me whilst I was wearing it.
Again to point out (if you didn't read the information tab) that I chose a blonde wig because Emma Watson actually has dark blonde hair in the later films. If I was cosplaying the book version I would of course get a brown wig.
Robes adjustments (Posted 6th October 2010)
I had to remove one of the button closures and re-sew it back on as the original seamstress did it wonky.
Also I tried to adjust the hood a little as it is really big and heavy so I wanted to lift it up a little so it feels more comfortable and looks less huge. However the only way to do that was to make it so the hood was sewn slightly in the middle preventing it from actually being placed over the head and I worried this made it look even worse or stupid so I've unpicked the stitches and left it as it was originally.
Gryffindor crest patch for robes (Posted 6th October 2010)
I bought my patch from Blue Tiger Trading on ebay which is where I get my S.T.A.R.S. patches for Jill from. In general it's an accurate design apart from the outline shape of the patch (it's suppose to have a point at the top) and from further inspection of references they've changed the colour of the lion in the later films to a white/grey colour instead of yellow.
Being a picky arse I had to change it so I covered the yellow thread of the lion with a white paint pen I had used before to touch up areas of my S.T.A.R.S. patches. The shade obviously doesn't match the helmet and on close inspection you can see something has been put on over the thread but otherwise it looks okay I think.
It's an iron-on patch but I sewed it onto the robes due to not wanting to iron over the paint and I've always preferred to sew my other patches anyway, feels more secure.
Wand (Posted 3rd October 2010)
"Hermione's wand is made of vine wood and dragon heartstring core; vine is the wood ascribed to Hermione's fictional birth month (September) on the Celtic calendar. It is 10¾" in length."
I bought a replica of Hermione's wand from The Noble Collection which comes in an Ollivander's box made to look like the ones used in the films =) The leaf detailing on the wand itself is beautiful and when it's not being used for cosplay I shall have it on display in my room. It's made from a hard resin and although at 15 inches in length it's not accurate to the books description I believe it's the same length as the film version.
Tie (Posted 3rd October 2010)
The tie I first bought was an officially licensed one made by Rubies fancy dress but I wasn't too keen on the colour, it just didn't look right to me.
Then we got a delivery from the Noble Collection at work which included Gryffindor House ties. They are 100% silk and come in a collectors box which says "Madame Malkin's Robes For All Occasions" and has the Hogwarts crest also. Now £30 is obviously a lot for just a tie... but I was twitchy over my current one and I do love Nobles stuff and have a few of their items in my collection already so thought when it wasn't in use it could be put on display with my other pieces.
The photo is a comparison shot of the old tie on the left and the Noble replica on the right.
Shoes (Posted 29th September 2010)
Shopped around for shoes. You would think it wouldn't be hard as she just wears basic girls school shoes but my pickiness as usual made things difficult. I found a suitable pair in Tescos apart from the bows on them. As they were quite cheap I bought them anyway and tried to remove the bows without destroying them. It's left some tiny holes where the bows were stitched on but I'm hoping that's not too obvious, I mean I'm sure people won't be staring at my feet! lol
Cardigan (Posted 29th September 2010)
The cardigan was made by Lochaven Of Scotland (http://livelochaven.com/store_main.asp?int_category_id=6) who make all the cardigans, jumpers and tank tops to be worn by the cast and extras for every film in the Harry Potter series.
Yes it was expensive... but I am one of those people who are drawn to authentic things ^^' It's made from 100% natural lambswool and like with my robes comes with proper washing instructions and company labels. Obviously the Gryffindor stripes and number of buttons etc are all accurate to the movies costume design, this is exactly like the ones the actors wear =3
I think this costume is going to be the one that feels most "realistic" to me.
Robes (Posted 29th September 2010)
I brought my robes from Whimsic Alley (http://www.whimsicalley.com/) as after searching the net and checking supplier lists on cosplay sites they seemed the best ones available.
They're mid-calf in length and have a massive hood! It's all lined in a nice shade of burgundy and has an accurate button closure at the front with an inside wand pocket also. I was a little worried the sleeves are too short but double checking references I can see the students jumper sleeves sticking out a fair bit from the robes sleeves so should be ok. I like the fact it comes with a washing instructions label, the shops logo label and a replacement button. Overall it feels a very professionally made item and worth the money.
I just need to add a Gryffindor patch and they'll be complete =) Trying them on I got rather warm so it's good to know I won't freeze at Expo for once haha.