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Daemon Targaryen from House of the Dragon

In House of the Dragon, Prince Daemon Targaryen (Matt Smith) is brother to King Viserys I. He’s equally skilled as a dragonrider — mounting the dragon Caraxes — and as a warrior — wielding the Valerian steel sword Dark Sister. He’s also gifted in the art of instigation. He later weds his niece, Queen Rhaenyra (Just Targaryen Things). Easily convert this Daemon costume to Aemond’s by adding an eye patch.

Rhaenyra Targaryen from House of the Dragon

In House of the Dragon, Rhaenyra Targaryen (young Rhaenyra played by Milly Alock, older by Emma D’Arcy) is the first-born child of King Viserys I, who named her heir to the Iron Throne. After the king’s death, her claim is challenged by her half-brother Aegon II however, with the backing of his mother Alicent and grandfather Otto Hightower.

Alicent Hightower from House of the Dragon

Alicent Hightower from House of the Dragon

In the Game of Thrones prequel House of the Dragon, Queen Alicent Hightower (played by Olivia Cooke and Emily Carey) is the wife of King Viserys I, daughter of the Hand of the King Ser Otto Hightower, and mother to Aegon, Aemond, and Helaena. She is the figurehead of “Team Green” when it comes to competing claims to the throne. After a long day of parenting and diplomacy, Alicent has been known to kick off her shoes and put up her feet.

Aemond Targaryen from House of the Dragon

Aemond Targaryen from House of the Dragon

In the Game of Thrones prequel series House of the Dragon, Prince Aemond Targaryen (Ewan Mitchell) is the second son of King Viserys I and his second wife, Queen Alicent Hightower. He’s a dragon rider and a fierce, disciplined swordsman, in sharp contrast to his lazy and gluttonous older brother Aegon. He lost his eye at the age of 10, when he got into a vicious fight with his similarly aged nephew Lucerys Velaryon.

linh song from keeper of the lost cities

Linh Song from Keeper of the Lost Cities

Linh Song is a character from Susan Messenger’s Keeper of the Lost Cities book series.  Linh is an elf with hydrokinetic powers and an ally of Sophie Foster.  She also has a twin brother named Tam.  When recreating Linh’s look, it’s important to remember you may not be able to find exact replicas of her costume.  Instead, focus on similar color palettes and silhouettes.  You can layer a turtleneck under a sleeveless piece, or opt for a darker color or shorter-sleeved tunic instead, depending on your preference and which you think is closest.  Pinning the wig’s bangs to the side will make it look more like Linh’s side-swept hair, or if you have long black hair already, you can dye the tips with temporary silver spray.  If you’re crafty, you might be able to replicate Linh’s crest-shaped brooch with a little DIY.  Otherwise, a pin with two wolves can serve in its place.

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Glinda from Wicked

Glinda (formerly Galinda) is one of the main characters in the musical Wicked, which tells the backstory of Elphaba, better known as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz.  Glinda begins her journey at Shiz University, where she is accidentally assigned as Elphaba’s roommate.  Despite the rocky start to their relationship, the two eventually become friends, though not every fairy tale in this case gets a happy ending.  While there are certainly more well-known costumes for Glinda in other media, the costume she wears when she arrives at Shiz is a classic white outfit with nods to vintage styles including oxford pumps and a white beret.

Greg Heffley

Greg Heffley is the protagonist and narrator of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books. He is a middle school student who isn’t really all that likable. Like any pre-teen, he doesn’t think before he acts. While he has some moments of caring and kindness, his paranoia often gets the better of him. His brothers are Rodrick and Manny, and his best friend is Rowley Jefferson. This costume guide shows you how to dress as Greg in the book and the live-action movie adaptation, where Zachary Gordon portrays the character.

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Paul Atreides from Dune

Paul Atreides (played by Timothée Chalamet) is the main character of Dune.  Paul is heir to a powerful family, the son of Duke Leto and Lady Jessica.  Paul has visions of the future in his dreams, including many of Chani Kynes, a Fremen from the desert planet of Arrakis. On his home planet Caladan, Paul is often seen wearing dark military-style suits with band-style collars and knee-high boots.  When his family is attacked and he and his mother seek refuge with the Fremen, they wear stillsuits designed to recycle their sweat and tears into drinkable water.  Recreating the complex suits can be tricky, so it will help to be a little flexible with the design.  Layering padded motocross armor can help achieve a similar look, and don’t be afraid to use some spray paint to get the color right.  Cut the sleeves off a hooded cardigan to finish the look.

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Lavender Brown in “Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince”

Lavender Brown is a character in the Harry Potter series. Silly and sentimental, she is a pureblood witch who gets sorted into Gryffindor. Her favorite class is Divination. In her fifth year, she joined Dumbledore’s Army, initiated by fellow student Harry Potter. A year later, she started a relationship with Ron Weasley. However, she was rather clingy and annoying, which resulted in their breakup, and he eventually ended up with Hermione Granger instead. Lavender fought in the Battle of Hogwarts, but she died from the injuries of a werewolf attack. In the movies, she is mainly portrayed by Jessie Cave.

Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines

Hester Shaw from Mortal Engines

Hester Shaw (played by Hera Hilmar in the movie) is a remarkable heroine. She is strong-willed, smart, and determined. She is also easily identified by her scar, received at the hands of a man she now wants revenge on. The scar is less obvious in the movie but still an important part of Hester’s story. And that’s where any good Hester cosplay is going to start.

Scar wax is key for  Hester cosplay, as is a long auburn wig. With those elements in place, Hester’s outfit becomes a snap. A long dark green coat, a long sleeved grey shirt, black fingerless gloves, black pants, black boots, and a long red scarf wrap up the rest of her look.