I’ve never really been one of those people who was enamored by dressing up for Halloween. I’m a big wienie when it comes to scary things and the idea of wearing a costume to work isn’t my idea of professional behavior.
In fact, it’s been five years since I dressed up with several library colleagues as Waldo.
However, this year, I’ve been inspired by one of my favorite literary heroines.
I’m convinced if she hadn’t have been such a loyal friend to Harry and a brave member of Dumbledore’s Army, she would have been one awesome librarian.
From Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
Since Halloween has fallen in the middle of a workweek, I still wanted to look professional (as aforementioned) – a priority since I taught a face-to-face class and later lead a live video chat with an online class today.
My outfit came together very smoothly and all the garments I wore came from my existing wardrobe. I bought just a few extra accessories, but more about that in a moment.
Skirt: Banana Republic Factory, similar here
Shirt: Ann Taylor Loft Factory, similar here
Sweater: Talbots, similar here
Tights: Target, similar here
Shoes: Naturalizer, similar here
Bag: Gryffindor tote bought during my visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Robe: Bachelor’s degree graduation gown
Magical Cat: Sylvester (not Crookshanks) – he opted to stay home today rather than come to campus with me
My two accessories were this inexpensive Hogwarts tie (the child’s size fit me perfectly) and a semi-homemade wand.
After a weekend trip to Hobby Lobby to transform Clover bamboo knitting needles, The Optometrist handily stripped the finish, stained the wood, used his Dremel tool to engrave a swirly design, painted the engravings gold, and sealed it with a light coat of polyurethane. (Yes, I have the coolest husband who supports my nerdiness.)
In my tote bag (because Gryffindor is my house, too), I carried copies of The Tales of Beedle the Bard and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, since these would have likely been books found in Hermione’s personal library.
My full Hermione transformation!
Have you dressed up for Halloween today? If so, has a literary character inspired you, too? Please share in the comments!