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Bellatrix (Harry Potter) costume

How To Dress Like Bellatrix Lestrange

Bellatrix Lestrange strikes fear into the very heart of her enemies with her ferocious dueling style, unwavering devotion to the dark lord, and sinister dress sense. As one of the most recognizable adversaries of Harry Potter, Bellatrix is one of our favorite outfit ideas from our hugely popular Female Harry Potter Costume Collection.

From her stunning gothic dress to her iconic wand to the perfect wig and wear to get your own Death Eater tattoo, we show you how to make the best Bellatrix cosplay the muggle world has ever seen.


Bellatrix Lestrange DIY costume

1. DRESS – The first thing you will need for is a suitably gothic black dress. We recommend a steampunk or Victorian-inspired dress complete with lacey accents and a ruffled skirt.

2. CORSET – Next, you will need a black corset. We recommend taking some time here to find the perfect one for you. We went for a plain satin corset but there are also leather and patterned options available that work just as well with this outfit. If you want to make the best DIY Bellatrix costume possible you could also get some black thread to emulate where Lestrange has seemingly patched up and repaired her own corset.

3. GLOVES – Add a pair of fingerless black and elbow-length gloves to continue the gothic style of Bellatrix’s outfit.

4. NECKLACE – Bellatrix wears a raven skull pendant on a simple black chain. There are plenty of these accessories available online so just choose your favorite!

5. BOOTS – We found that chunky black boots with a low heel worked best for our costume.

6. WAND – The wand Bellatrix uses throughout the Harry Potter movies is one of the more recognizable and unique ones out there. Lightly curved with and extended hilt, we highly recommend purchasing a quality replica for your own outfit.

7. TATTOO – Let your fellow Death Eaters know you are one of them with a temporary tattoo of the twisted snake devouring a human skull. Don’t worry, it will wash off!

8. WIG – Finally, a curly brown wig with white streaks rounds off this dark and enigmatic look.


Bellatrix (played by Helena Bonham Carter) was born into the pure-blood Black wizarding family. Her cousin is Sirius Black and Narcissa Malfoy and Andromeda Tonks are her sisters. She is also married to Rodolphus Lestrange, a fellow Death Eater.

As one of Lord Voledmort’s most fanatical followers, as well as a hugely powerful witch in her own rights, Bellatrix strikes fear into her adversaries. She is renowned for her skilled and ferocious dueling style that could quickly overpower even the most adept wizards.

After the First Wizarding War, Bellatrix is locked away for some time in the prison of Azkaban. That is until she, along with several other Death Eaters, manages to escape and return to the service of the Dark Lord.


More DIY 'Bellatrix Lestrange' Costume Ideas

Bellatrix Lestrange is a super popular DIY costume idea for Harry Potter fans. Instantly recognizable as one of the darker aspects of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding universe, Bellatrix’s outfit is imbued with gothic and dark energy.

Despite looking intricately detailed, this is actually a relatively easy outfit to make at home. As long as you get the basics right – the black dress and corset – the remaining accessories are really just the icing on the cake.

Still not convinced? Check out some of our favorite homemade Bellatrix cosplays for even more inspiration!