Yule Ball

Angie Brown | galacticbloom

Back in early December, our local Barnes & Noble store hosted a Harry Potter-themed Yule Ball event. Being the geeks that we are, we got excited… There was a casual mention of perhaps helping a friend with her baby’s costume. By the end of the week, I had whipped up costumes for the entire family of three… as I do.

The baby (9 months) was the cutest Hedwig you’ve ever seen. Mom dressed as a Cage, as she’d primarily be holding the baby bird all evening. I was only half-joking when I suggested that dad dress as a broom. He objected at first, but after we described how the sleek, aerodynamic Nimbus 2000 was the top-of-the-line in flying technology and the real MVP of the action, he was totally on board.

Costume photos after the jump… 

I had a lot of fun making the costumes, and am especially proud of the Nimbus-hat. I mean, the owl was exceptionally cute, but that’s to be expected —it’s a scientific fact that baby+costume=unbearable amounts of cute. A grown man dressed as a broom, however… Well, that is unexpected.

Hedwig and her Cage won the Yule Ball costume contest, btw. 🙂

The drawing, in watercolor and ink, was inspired by a photo taken by the Cage.
Hedwig costume pieces and Nimbus hat are primarily made from felt.
Nimbus robe is a repurposed Hodor costume from Halloweens past.
Cage is duck tape on a black tunic.
That’s me fighting the owl for possession of my phone. I dressed as myself #nocostumeneeded


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