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Live your best life as a free elf with our super easy DIY Dobby costume idea

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How To Dress Like Dobby

It’s been over 10 years but we’re still not over the death of Dobby. A house elf with a heart of gold, who proved that even the smallest and seemingly most inconsequential beings can change the course of history, Dobby was instrumental in the fight against the Dark Arts.

Now, we honor this noble and magical creature with our own DIY Dobby costume guide. With only 5 accessories, we show you how to make an amazingly effective and hilarious outfit, perfect for last-minute parties or cosplay events.


Dobby (Harry Potter) DIY costume guide

1. BURLAP SACK – As a mistreated servant, Dobby is provided with nothing more than a sack to clothe himself while under the servitude of Lucius Malfoy. You can make your own Dobby costume with an extra-large burlap sack (big enough for men and women) by simply cutting out a head and two arm holes.

Next, cut a line between the head and right armhole and tie it back together with a regular knot. Add a few stains and – wait a minute – is that the real Dobby we see?

2. EARS – We didn’t want to go for a full Dobby mask (too impractical) so we opted for these comically oversized elf ears instead.

3. FEET – Your Dobby can be as funny as you want to make it, for example, you could always add these rather hideous fake feet!

4. SOCKS – Dobby is a free elf! Secure your freedom with a treasured black sock, a symbol of your enduring bond with Harry Potter himself.

5. BALD CAP – Finally, add a simple bald cap and you are ready to go!


As a house elf, Dobby is a magical creature bound to serve and obey their masters’ commands. Dobby is bound to the Malfoy family, in particular the patriarchal head, Lucius Malfoy.

Dobby stands out from other house elves for his kind heart and desire for freedom. From the moment he meets Harry Potter in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Dobby feels a close bond to The Boy Who Lived, who he views as his friend and protector.

In return, Harry helps free Dobby from servitude by tricking Lucius into handing him a sock. In the end, Dobby makes the ultimate sacrifice and gives his life to help Harry and his friends escape from the encircling Death Eaters.

More DIY 'Dobby' Costume Ideas

Looking for a fun and easy Harry Potter costume idea? Dobby is the perfect cosplay idea for a hilarious standalone costume or as part of a larger group. With no more than 5 accessories needed (the main one literally being a sack with holes cut out), it could not be any easier to make an effective and last-minute Dobby costume.

There’s a reason this is such a popular cosplay option. If you don’t believe us, check out all our favorite homemade Dobby outfits from across Pinterest. Whether for a man, woman, or child, there is something for everyone!