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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.


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!

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