Bellatrix Lestrange (Default) - Harry Potter (Half-Blood Prince)


Birmingham MCM Expo 2013

Judges' Award in Sunday masquerade!




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?


madmazda86 posted on 18 March, 2013 - 12:47
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.

Freyarule posted on 28 March, 2013 - 16:15
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!

CaptainAmelia posted on 6 April, 2013 - 16:34
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

ToroSonyCat posted on 17 April, 2013 - 20:13
Looks really great, I love the wig and details!

yuubalu posted on 19 June, 2013 - 23:40
You look amazing as Bella! I love the attention to detail (those nails are truly disgusting xD)

flamewizo posted on 21 October, 2013 - 19:54
Very cool :D Really suits you. nicely done

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Progress Journal

23rd February 2013

Dress progress!

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!

14th February 2013

Claw ring.

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 :)

12th February 2013

Death by false nails.

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.

30th January 2013

These boots were made for walking~

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.