These Are the Most Magical Costumes from the Hollywood Bowl Screening of Harry Potter

Mischief absolutely managed
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There are few cultural phenomena that inspire as much rabid devotion as beloved books and the movies they spawn. (I’ve been trying to think of something comparable for five to seven minutes and have so far only landed on Nutella. Or maybe peanut butter, but only if you’re an American traveling in Europe.) J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series is no exception, with faithful disciples all over the world demonstrating their loyalty by getting tattoos or investing in impressive wedding invitations or nicknaming their high school friend group “The HP Five” without realizing that, more than a decade later, people would still refer to them as such (no linkable proof on that one, but you can trust me because I’m talking about myself. And I’m thrilled about it).

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These are the types of fanatics who turned up at the Hollywood Bowl yesterday for a screening on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone accompanied by the musicians of the LA Phil, cheering (when Harry finds the perfect wand; when Alan Rickman made his first appearance onscreen as Snape) and jeering (when Malfoy takes a dig at Ron; when Professor Quirrell is introduced) at all of the right moments. And, of course, they dressed for the occasion. Here’s a look at some of the best and most creative costumes from the night:

We (Dumble)adore the effort here.

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No House Elves were forced to participate in the taking of this photo. They agreed of their own free will.

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WHERE MY RAVENCLAWS AT? (Not in this picture, obvs).

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Anyone who can tame the Monster Book of Monsters long enough to take it to the Hollywood Bowl is a seriously talented human.

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Had to get a closeup of that Deathly Hallows tat.

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Alternative title for the NWA biopic.

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Someone hire this kid to build stuff, because he made this Lego hat himself. Google, maybe?

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Keeping it casj with a Hogwarts crest scarf.

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RIP Hedwig. (Spoiler alert.) ((Just kidding. If you didn’t already know that Hedwig dies in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, it’s your own fault for not reading the book when it came out in 2007.)) (((Although I hope this kid isn’t reading this caption because he looks too young to have already experienced the horrors of book seven.)))

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This guy’s costume decision-making process: “Better be….THE SORTING HAT!”

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“After all this time?” “Always.”

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Saving the best and most dedicated genius for last.

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