Last weekend, Universal Orlando outdid themselves yet again by bringing pure magic to their fourth annual Celebration of Harry Potter. Between the expo with real movie props, a chance to look behind the scenes in exhibits such as the WB Studio Tour, and seeing the Harry Potter cast members in real life, what more could you expect to come out of this revolutionary event?
One of the best parts about A Celebration of Harry Potter is the opportunity to see the plethora of talented cosplayers from all around the world. There were so many outstanding cosplays at the event that it would be impossible to show you them all. Instead, here are a few of our favorite cosplays from the annual Harry Potter event:
Diego a.k.a @Dialpi is the cosplayer to look out for at A Celebration of Harry Potter. Last year, I was blown away by his menacing likeness of Lucious Malfoy. This year he came back with a cosplay from the other side of the fence. This Dumbledore cosplay was certainly a highlight of the Harry Potter expo, having even caught the attention of representatives from Pottermore! Give him a follow on Instagram to see more of his hilarious and accurate Harry Potter cosplays!
@theprincessnightmare did a fantastic job constructing this Slytherin princess ensemble. It’s just the perfect balance between the typical princess ballgown and a dark, slightly ominous dress that a Slytherin might wear. Her Bellatrix Lestrange cosplay is also spot on!
Some cosplayers even took to bringing the newest addition to the Harry Potter universe to the celebration. These Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them cosplayers not only look startlingly similar to the characters, but they used the Universal scenery to help bring their photos to life.
The Hogwarts Express
Photo courtesy Universal Orlando Blog
Could this be any more precious? This little guy was envied by everyone at the event as he made his way through Hogsmead and Diagon Alley in his own personal Hogwarts Express. His parents reconstructed his wheelchair into the mini train, complete with billowing smoke coming from the top. This very well might have been the best cosplay of the weekend.
This was the first time I had seen someone cosplay as second year Hermione after her unfortunate mix-up with the Polyjuice Potion (who remembers who she was trying to turn into?). This cosplay was incredibly unique and definitely brought a laugh to anyone who recognized her.
Young Harry & Ron
This cosplay trio brings back a lot of nostalgia for Harry Potter fans who have been there since the first films came out. This young Harry and Ron look incredibly similar to preteen Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint. And obviously the loving Molly Weasley is by their side in her wizard mom drab.
Ilvermorny Quidditch Team
If you’ve ever wondered what the USA Quidditch team might look like, look no further! This group — known as Cosserole — put together the American Nationals team (we can only assume that they attended Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry). The cosplays are, of course, homemade. From left to right, meet the American National coach, Chaser, Seeker, and Keeper!
In reality, every single cosplay at the annual Celebration of Harry Potter was incredibly well-crafted and helped bring this extraordinary event to life. From Hagrids to Rita Skeeters, nearly every Harry Potter character could be found last weekend with Universal’s walls. To see more, follow @cosplay_and_coffee on Instagram or search #hpcelebration2017 !
The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is a night I look forward to every December. Mostly because I love the Victoria’s Secret line, but also because Candice Swanepole is my #wce. And as someone who also grew up watching Disney movies, I was ecstatic when I found Archibald’s artwork of Disney Princesses re-imagined as Victoria’s Secret runway models.
Now, don’t get me wrong: there are tons of other artwork out there that depict Disney Princesses gone VS, but they all seem to encapsulate the image of the runway models, not the Disney Princesses. Archibald steers more towards the facial and body visages of the animated Disney princess, which gives the drawings a friendlier tone. He has stated that his art style is highly influenced by former Walt Disney animator Glen Keane.
Archibald is a self-taught artist who depicts life-like interpretations of all our favorite characters from Disney, Marvel, DC, and more. He has twisted the popular Disney princesses to be anything from fairies, mermaids, and now Victoria Secret runway models. He keeps his artwork fun and light, embodying a somewhat real-life adaptation, yet still maintaining that humble, round-out Disney facade.
Cosplay & Coffee asked Archibald who he considers to be his favorite Disney princess, to which he admitted:
“Oh, it’s quite a lot! I’ll just say Rapunzel and Ariel are my favorite princesses. And Candice Swanepole is my favorite VS model!”
It might seem strange to envision our childhood heroins as fashion models who wear extravagant pieces of undergarments, but we all grow up, don’t we? This fun work of art no doubt inspires some seductive cosplay ideas, but it also diminishes the border for cosplayers and encourages them to enjoy more adventurous cosplays and seductive roles (such as Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy).
When asked how fans have reacted to his work, Archibald told us,
“I had mixed reactions to these girls; some love it, and some don’t. I just delete the negative comments and focus on those positive responses!”
Occasionally, when this fan artist has time (though, not at the moment), he takes commissions and will turn you into your very own version of a Disney character! For more of his work, check out his social media channels which are listed below. If you want to see more from Archibald, you can support him on his Patreon account where you’ll be invited to view exclusive new artwork!
With Suicide Squad breaking the box office (at this time, an escalating 731 million) and Halloween just around the corner, we found it only prudent to find the best of the best Harley Quinn cosplays on the market. After all we all know what’s coming…
Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad is a strange leap from the DC character’s original black and red jumpsuit, but it might be safe to say that the look is appreciated and approved by fans everywhere.
With that being said, the quest to conquer this seemingly effortless, yet chaotic mess of a look is harder than one might think. There’s the intricate earring details, the clown makeup, the tattoos, and the ability to pull off those red and blue shorts. But these cosplayers take the cake for the Top 11 Best Harley Quinns that are out there (so far, at least).
Kamila is known by her cosplay name, Andrasta. She began cosplaying just two years ago and seems to be a natural at it! Andrasta went all out when it came to replicating the tattoos that are plastered all over the Suicide Squad character. Being a makeup maverick also helps, which is why she gets a spot on our Top Harleys.
Whoa, nerd alert! That’s where you can find this awesome Harley Quinn cosplay on Instagram. Like most Quinn impersonators, Cheryl is simply gorgeous, so her DC cosplay seems effortless. However, if you take a look at her photos, you can see how she progressed this Harley cosplay by being as specific as possible to the small details.
This young Californian can be just about any Disney princess, but he also rocks it as Harley Quinn. He brings out each of his characters with eccentric beauty and flawlessness. If there’s one thing that Richard can teach cosplayers, it’s that a wig and a knack for the glamorous can transform you into just about any character you want to be.
With the help of hair legend and stylist, Guy Tang, @SuprMaryFace made this Harley Quinn look fierce! The homemade “Little Monster” t-shirt also goes to show that a little creativity goes a long way. Kudos to her for being crafty!
Mary is an Australian turned Mississippian who cosplays and models. She also makes a pretty sweet Gothic Snow White and runs a Youtube and Twitch channel.
Kristen Hughey’s Quinn look is so on point it landed her on the cover of Cosplay Culture Magazine. She is (of course) a model and was actually featured in GQ Magazine. Kristen goes to many a convention, mostly in this accurate Harley Quinn portrayal and is becoming quite the professional cosplayer!
Anna Faith has been known to accurately pull off all of her cosplays, and has been widely recognized by her 700K fans for her Quinn look. She has a couple different takes on the SS version of Harley, including an everyday look for those who can’t get enough of this crazy character. You can see the comic version of Quinn, along with her other cosplays on her Instagram.
This is one of the most vivacious genderbent cosplays we’ve seen! Chris shows his style in true Harley Quinn fashion, from the bullet belt, the Puddin’ chain, to the suspenders. It’s not specific to the look that’ Robbie declares in the film, but this unique take can only be pulled off with crazy personality.
Chris defines himself as a content creator, actor, singer, anime addict, and Pokémon Master.
A Disney princess by day, Tahnee makes a variety of Harley Quinn looks by night. This cosplayer and LA-based actress can take on any HQ look from the latest film. Tahnee doesn’t limit herself to fashioning in just the red and blue action attire. Besides this atypical Suicide Squal style, she also fixed herself up as a Blue Lantern Harley Quinn!
Heidi’s take on the Margot Robbie look is bright, yet dark and mysterious. Notice her attention to detail with the snazzy gold Quinn accesories like the cuffs and the earrings. Heidi makes parody videos on YouTube and even has her own Joker to cosplay with (who also looks exceedingly similar to Jared Leto).
This cosplayer actually got the opportunity that every Harley Quinn fan hopes for. In a costume contest at the Comic-Con, Heidi and her very on Suicide Squad won and had the chance to meet the entire cast of the new film.
Mykie is a professional makeup artists who’s talent is beyond anything you will see from your every-day cosplayer. Her social media channels are full of useful tips and tricks which can turn dutiful cosplayer into a work of art.
And our #1 pick for the best Harley Quinn is Laura Gilbert. Laura bares an incredible likeness to Margot Robbie, particularly when she dons the red and blue attire. Her quirky smile and overall demeanor constantly reminds her fans of Robbie in Suicide Squad. She’s puddin’ in a lot of competition for the rest of those who decide to go as the super-villain this Halloween!
Like Robbie, Laura is also Australian. She has become quite good at impersonating the fun-loving, crazy character and makes plenty of appearances at comic cons. You can follow her as theInfamous Harley Quinn on Instagram.
Are these some of the best Harley Quinn cosplays you’ve seen? Tell us in the comments below!
Margot Robbie as “Suicide Squad’s” Harley Quinn
[Sources: Instagram, Movie Pilot, Youtube, Twitch, GQ, IMDb, Glam and Gore]
Her look was so convincing that DC Live Feed (a fan account for DC Comics fans) unknowingly tweeted the photo as a leaked picture from the new film. Mykie and her Joker partner-in-crime (her friend, Kaleb), perfected the look after Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn guise was first released in 2015. The debate over whether the picture was real or not shows just how talented her makeup work is.
But don’t let Mykie’s stunning beauty deceive you. Since Mykie stirred the debate last year she hasn’t stopped, and nowadays her Instagram is crawling with brilliantly horrific works of art. As a self-taught makeup artist, she has gained national attention for her impressive (which is an understatement) makeup work. She has 1.2 million Instagram followers and 1.7 million YouTube subscribers.
Check out one of her makeup tutorials here:
Mykie has continued to work on her stellar makeup skills, along with the L.A. special effects team known as Glam & Gore. Her Youtube channel describes her work as:
“The swiss army knife of makeup tutorials. Beauty. Special Effects. Avant garde. Industry advice. Products. Foundational teaching. There is something here for everyone, and if you hate makeup, I invite you to at least laugh at my strange face.”
It’s 2016, which means we’re a year behind the fashion styles that should have erupted by now…according to Back to the Future. Doc Brown clearly indicated that jeans and reasonable button ups are a thing of the past, and in order to fit it with the 21st century, Marty needed to dress himself with pleather jackets, technicolor caps, and power lace-up sneakers.
Well quite reasonably, the fashion sense of the alternate 2015 universe is quite different from what we actually have today. It’s probably a good thing that we didn’t take to the plastic neon headbands and the gawky armor.
But the shoes were pretty sweet, right? Why can’t we have those?
Back to the Future Shoes
Well fortunately for you, I’ve dug some select BTTF styles! The shoes can actually be found at Halloween Costumes.com
Yeah. They light up.
Last night, I literally watched all three Back to the Future films, plus the newly released Back in Time documentary-esque film. They’re all on Netflix! So instead of cleaning my house as I planned, I binged-watched the entire series — and then some — and naturally thought of three or four new cosplay ideas!
These shoes look like they came right out of the movie. Plus, they’re pretty unique, so I can see a Marty McFly 2015 cosplay really taking off.
And even though the hat is silly for today’s style, it would be a cool relic to have, and of course, it tops off the McFly cosplay!