Costume :Bellatrix Lestrange
Variant :Default
Source :Harry Potter (Half-Blood Prince)
Progress :Complete
Worn At :Birmingham MCM Expo 2013

Costume Photos

His Last, Best Lieutenant.

Villain (n), the One Who Got Caught.

Gloves Off, Claws Out.

Noble and Moste Ancient.

Toujours Pur - French for 'Inbred but Sexy'.

Spells and Scars.

If You Didn't Come to Party, I Assume You Came to Brawl.

Unbendable, Unbreakable.

I Killed Sirius Black!

Jewellery (and nails!) reference.

Torso reference of screen-used costume.

Hair reference.


Costume Information

Cost : £70.44
Awards : Judges' Award in Sunday masquerade!
Time Taken : Two weeks.

Bellatrix Lestrange was technically my first ever cosplay - For the opening of Deathly Hallows: Part Two at my local cinema, way back when. I've always wanted to re-make her costume, and now I have the chance. Going with OotP costume at the moment, but may switch to DH battle gear.
To be worn on Sunday of Birmingham Expo, with a Narcissa!



* Hair - Somewhere between dark brown and black curls, absolutely crazy. Changes style from OotP, but I much prefer the later look.
* Make-Up - Deathly pale, unhealthy skin, with dark circles around the eyes and reddish lips. Dark Mark on the inside left forearm and Azkaban prison tattoo on left side of neck. Horribly yellow, ripped and pointed nails, teeth along the same lines.
* Tops - Ragged black dress with deep hood, stitched-on sleeves, both at the shoulders and up the inside, and black leather patchwork corset, with attached wand holster.
* Bottoms - Full skirt with very distressed and frayed hem, just off the floor, covered in white and grey swirls, with some embroidered on in silver.
* Footwear - High-heeled, black leather Victorian-style lace-up knee boots.
* Accessories - Bird skull necklace on black cord. Bird skull ring on fourth finger of left hand, with claw ring on thumb; human skull ring on first finger of right hand. Bird's talon wand in holster on left side of corset. Dagger from Malfoy Manor?


It was a pleasure to judge this costume at Birmingham this weekend. Your attention to detail was excellent and it was evident that you had learnt a lot from the construction of it. Your stage performance was very in character and I could see that you and your friend were having a lot of fun on stage! One of the difficulties in judging group costumes is that often there is a member of the group whose construction and finishing is not to the same standard of that of the other group members. But in this case both of your costumes were well finished within the scope of your current skill level and very accurate. Congratulations on your win, and I hope it will inspire you to continue to improve your skills and maintain that level of attention to detail.

by madmazda86 on Monday, 18 March, 2013 - 12:47
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Congratulations on winning! From what I've seen photo wise you and your Narcissa looked amazing <3 I love how much research you've put into it, something I need to do more of lmao!

by Freyarule on Thursday, 28 March, 2013 - 16:15
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Thank you both so, so much! Dani and I had an absolutely blast at Expo, particularly when we were on stage! I know it's given me a massive boost in my confidence and motivation, and I'm so glad that the costumes were well received :D

by CaptainAmelia on Saturday, 6 April, 2013 - 16:34
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Looks really great, I love the wig and details!

by ToroSonyCat on Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 - 20:13
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You look amazing as Bella! I love the attention to detail (those nails are truly disgusting xD)

by yuubalu on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 - 23:40
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Very cool :D Really suits you. nicely done

by flamewizo on Monday, 21 October, 2013 - 19:54

To-Do List

Decide on wigs.HighComplete
Go fabric shopping.HighComplete
Make mock-up dress.HighComplete
Make corset - Easier said than done!HighComplete
Combine dress pattern with hood pattern.MediumComplete
Paint and embroider dress.MediumComplete
Paint backs of nails.LowComplete
Decide on wand.LowComplete
Buy make-up and do test run.LowComplete

Shopping List

Noble Collection replica wand - Already owned.£0.00Bought
Curlers for wig styling.£4.00Bought
Black, lace-up boots.£13.50Bought
Silver metallic thread - 200m.£2.24Bought
White and grey paint.£2.00Bought
Eyelets and tool.£1.64Bought
Black pleather - Half-a-metre.£2.75Bought
Black suede cord - Already owned.£0.00Bought
Black dress fabric - Four metres.£24.00Bought
False nails.£1.00Bought
Dark Mark transfer.£1.59Bought
1b wig.£11.97Bought
Claw thumb ring.£1.07Bought
Skull ring.£2.18Bought
Bird skull ring - Already owned.£0.00Bought
Bird skull necklace - Already owned.£0.00Bought
Corset lacing cord - Thirteen metres.£2.50Bought


Dress progress! (Posted 23rd February 2013)

Mock-up of Bella's skirt in hideous costume satin? Don't mind if I do! Approx. 3.5 metres of scraps in there, which makes it gloriously full. I haven't cut the waist yet which is why it looks all lop-sided, but I'm fairly convinced this is all going well - So far... Hoping to make a lot of progress this weekend!

Claw ring. (Posted 14th February 2013)

Just arrived! The image on the far left is literally the only reference I had to work from, but I think I matched it quite closely. It's a little big, but this goes on the left thumb :)

Death by false nails. (Posted 12th February 2013)

What began as £1 manicured nails from Primark have become a deliciously vile extra! I didn’t manage to take any progress photos, but these are just layers and layers of acrylic paint, with the back of the nail bed coloured in with black Sharpie to make it a little more 3D, then sliced into with scissors. Probably going to claw my own eyes out.

These boots were made for walking~ (Posted 30th January 2013)

Boots arrived today - Definitely not as shiny as the flash makes them look! Snagged off eBay surprisingly cheaply, for hardly-worn, real leather Clarks boots, the accurate length and everything. I never wear heels, so they might take some getting used to, but they're so comfortable! I initially wasn't too keen on the tassels, but Bella's outfit is a mess of fraying and lacing, so I've definitely warmed to them.