Throw a magical and mystical Harry Potter party for little witches and wizards that they will rave about for years to come. Have a Harry Potter theme party for birthdays or Halloween parties. Decorate your home with a magical atmosphere to make it feel like the real Hogwarts School, and provide the kids with plenty of fantasy activities and enchanting foods to add to the enjoyment.
Print invitations from your computer onto parchment paper. Type a letter that invites the guests to the party and sounds like the original invitation Harry received from Hogwarts, addressed from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and signed "Headmaster." Download Harry Potter clip art, such as the school crest, from the Internet to decorate the invitations. Roll up the invitations, seal them with a wax seal and send them in a mailing tube.
Decorations and Props
Create a magical mood with witch- and wizard-themed indoor and outdoor decorations. Purchase an unfinished wood plaque, paint "Platform 9 3/4, Hogwarts Express" in acrylic paint, and hang it at your entranceway. Create levitating witch brooms by tying clear fishing line to the brooms and hanging them from trees in your yard. Spray-paint small styrofoam balls with gold paint, and push two feathers in the ball to create "snitches." Search for a stuffed "Hedwig" owl, a rubber "Scabbers" rat, a stuffed "Crookshanks" cat or a "Norbert" dragon to decorate.
Treasure Hunt Game
Have a treasure hunt game to find the Sorcerer's Stone. Paint a large stone to hide, with red metallic acrylic paint. Hide other Harry Potter-themed objects along the hunt path, such as magic wands, potion bottles or crystal balls, and create clues to go with the objects. Purchase combination invisible ink and black light pens, write the clue on the back of a piece of paper, roll it up like a scroll and tie it with ribbon. Give each child a scroll and the black light pen that will "magically" reveal the clue. Award the first place player/team with a prize, such as a velvet pouch filled with gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins.
Spells and Potions Activity
Create a spell book with a faux leather cover. Paint the words "Hogwarts Spells & Potions" on the cover with a gold ink pen. Cut a few pages out of paper, fold the leather cover around the pages, punch several holes up the side, and lace up the sides with leather cord. Hand-write some Harry Potter spells and potions in the book pages and give it to each guest. Then have the kids create their own potion and spell jars, referring to the spell book and using their imaginations, using recycled jars. Add blank labels and allow the kids to fill the jars with water and food colouring and creepy things and to design their own labels with markers and crayons.
Create chocolate frogs by pouring melted chocolate in frog candy moulds. Make cauldron cupcakes by baking some mini-cupcakes and using thin black liquorice to create cauldron handles. Spread white icing on the cakes, and cover with spider sprinkles. Make magical wands by dunking pretzel rods in melted white chocolate, then covering in star-shaped sprinkles. Serve foods such as soups and finger sandwiches, and give them Harry Potter-related names. Serve them in a plastic trick-or-treat cauldron.
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