This Harry Potter cosplayer is wonderful! Don’t miss this interview!
What’s your name?
My name is Lily and I can be found on both Facebook and Instagram under the name kingscrosscosplay
What is your favorite beverage?
Ooh this is a difficult one. I’m currently in love with the Starbucks Fudge Hot Chocolate but being British my love of tea will never falter.
Tell me a little about yourself?
I’m an 18 year old girl currently living and working in Greater London as well as trying to get into university to study acting. I currently work as a barmaid and am a member of a group called Order of the Phoenix Cosplay, a group that visits children in hospital as popular characters in order to bring smiles to their faces. Outside of cosplay I also enjoy singing, acting, reading, writing, binge watching Netflix, horse riding and rock climbing. I have an unhealthy obsession with cats, musical theatre, cacti and Lush bath bombs. I prefer dark chocolate to milk, Coke over Pepsi and firmly believe that coconut oil will solve the worlds problems.
When did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying properly in 2017, but I was looking at costuming and had ideas for cosplay from around 2014.
Why did you start cosplaying?
I started cosplaying because it felt like an escape. For a few hours, maybe even a day I could be recognized as Luna Lovegood or Draco Malfoy rather than Lily. It was also a way for me to make friends when I moved back to London after a year at boarding school, and so far I have become friends with so many people that I otherwise wouldn’t have become friends with. Cosplay also helps to distract me from the chronic illness that I live with, and is flexible enough that even when I’m confined to my bed for extended periods of time, I can still plan out my costumes and props, even if I cannot make them right at that moment.
Who are your cosplay idols?
Given that I am fairly new to the scene in terms of cosplay, I’m not sure I really have any idols yet. I love thedrpepperprincess and all her costumes as I think they are gorgeously made and she plays the characters very well, and I also love dumbledoreuk. He puts so much work into making his cosplays look absolutely fantastic on top of looking after his wonderful family, and he’s a lovely guy to boot. We’re in a few cosplay groups together and he makes it his mission to actually be Dumbledore for the younger and newer members of the Harry Potter cosplay community.
What types of cosplay do you do?
Mostly Harry Potter at the moment. I’m hoping soon I’ll be able to add Disney Princess to the list but I also have a tonne more planned that just need to wait until I have more time and resources such as FullMetal Alchemist, Peter Pan, Once Upon a Time and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Do you make, buy, or special order your cosplays?
I first off see what I already have in my wardrobe to work with (black skirt/jeans for Hogwarts Students, various different shoes) and from there I’ll either buy or make the costumes. I made Draco’s wand but I bought Luna’s because it was more complicated and I was worried about how it would hold up when I started taking it out with me. Luna’s robe is my old school uniform coat, and the shirt was just a mens dress shirt I picked up cheaply and use for both characters. I’m in the process of making robes for both Slytherin and Ravenclaw house as well as making the majority of the cosplays I have in progress.
What is the most difficult thing for you about cosplay?
The most difficult thing for me is the comments you get when you start putting yourself out there. Since I started Kingscrosscosplay I have had multiple occasions where I have had to turn off commenting on something I had posted due to negative backlash against a photo, making jabs at my physical appearance, as well as ensuring that I know I am a “sad loser with no friends” due to the fact I enjoy spending my time dressing up as fictional characters.
Who is your favorite character to cosplay?
I love playing Luna as she’s so whimsical and fun, but I get recognized more as Draco than I do as Luna, mostly because a Malfoy is very distinctive looking and I wear a Dark Mark for my Draco costume, whereas Luna looks a lot more Generic-Ravenclaw-Student in her school uniform if you don’t notice the necklace and earrings.
If you could live in/visit any fantasy world, where would you go?
Hogwarts. 100% I would love to go to Hogwarts. I used to joke with my old friends that I actually went to Hogwarts when I was at boarding school, as we had houses (along with house rivalries), prefects (yes they really do exist) and a head boy/head girl.
Where do you get your inspiration for your cosplays?
I often see a character and go “oh I’d love to cosplay that person”. Other times it can be an item of clothing that I see that provides me with the inspiration for a cosplay, and sometimes I see a lack of a particular character within the groups I’m in and see if I can then cosplay that character.
What are your “fandoms”?
Oh so many to name… I’ll just name the ones that come to mind first. Harry Potter (in case you hadn’t already realised), Doctor Who, Disney, Once Upon a Time, Riverdale, Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl, Supernatural, Sherlock, Broadway Musicals, Marvel, FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Black Mirror, Orphan Black, The Hunger Games, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At The Disco, that’s all I can think of for now
What is something you wish beginning cosplayers knew?
Your costume doesn’t have to be perfect and it doesn’t have to be screen accurate. Cosplay is about friends and fandoms and fun. If you’re not having fun, you’re doing something wrong. And there will be days where you want to scream and cry because that one bloody seam just won’t do what you want it to but it will all be worth it in the end because putting that costume that you have put hours and hours of hard work into is the most wonderful feeling in the world.
What is something you wish non-cosplayers knew?
My choice to cosplay does not reflect who I am. It does not reflect my social status, it does not affect my job prospects. I can cosplay and be a highly successful woman, those two are not mutually exclusive.
What cosplays are you working on?
Officially in progress I have Alice from Alice in Wonderland and Professor McGonagall from Harry Potter, but there are far more that I have planned.
Where can people find your cosplays?
You can find me in and around London (my friends and I like to hang around in King’s Cross) and at MCM Comic Con London (I’ll be there for the whole weekend in May, keep an eye on my page to see who I’ll be going as!) as well as at children’s hospitals where I go with Order of the Phoenix Cosplay to put some smiles on faces.
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