HARRY Potter is the nation’s favourite children’s book character, coming ahead of Winnie the Pooh and The Big Friendly Giant, according to the Amazon survey of 2,000 children aged between four and 11. Harriet Shearsmith, founder of parenting site Toby & Roo, says her five-year-old son Reuben loves dressing like Harry. He says: “It was fun helping my mummy make my glasses and doing lots of magic with my wand.” Here Harriet talks us through her thrifty DIY Potter costume, which costs less than £10 to make.
WHAT YOU NEED:
Grey trousers Grey jumper White polo or shirt Burgundy or striped tie Long adult cardigan in grey or black Stick Three long black pipe cleaners Red pen
Draw the lightning bolt on your child’s forehead using the red pen (try and use water soluble). Take the pipe cleaners and bend one into two circles with about 1cm between. Wrap one around each side to create the sides of the glasses – bending them at the end or hook around the ears. Set aside. Get dressed up just like any school outfit (maybe not the tie – but you can add this in if you fancy) and the cardigan – will look like a robe because it’s so big. Add your glasses, grab your wand and prepare to cast a spell!