Harry Potter parties are very popular right now, so why not host your own Harry Potter party? This blog has easy to follow, clear steps, pictures to make it altogether more understandable, plus some great hints, tips and ideas. With a little pit of preparation your guests will think you truly are the Chosen One.
Check with your mum/dad that it’s okay to have a party. They’ll probably love the idea though – it’d be fun for everyone, plus you have a guide (this article) telling you everything you need to know.
Ensure that the place the party will be held is tidy, so it is easily manageable. (This bit is the hardest)
Make Harry Potter themed invites:Idea number 1: Invite friends to Hogwarts with an official looking invitation in a large, handmade envelope with red wax seal. Write your invitation on white paper with green ink, stain with a cooled coffee or tea mixture (try staining your paper before you write on it, and dry it flat), and roll up when dry. Tie with red ribbon or seal with red wax. To make this look even fancier, get your parent to mark an H for Hogwarts.Idea number 2: Print some Hogwarts house ties and use them as invitations – or cut them out and send them as they are in a big envelope, with instructions your party guests to colour them in in their favourite house’s colours and wear them to the party!Idea number 3: (You need a color printer for this)Put the Hogwarts crest/badge at the top of the page on the right-hand corner where the address goes on muggle letters. You can find this in images on google if you type in ‘Hogwarts badge.’ Then type out your “official” invite underneath.Idea Number 4: Send your friends a letter, inviting them to Hogwarts, for an end of O.W.L. party. Instead of your friend’s name, write the name of their favourite Hogwarts character. Eg: Dear Luna, etc. Try to make sure you have an equal number of students from each house! Now print of some pictures of owls and stick them on top!
Use House Points. If you do something really well, a teacher (an adult) will award you 1, 5, 10, 20 or 50 house points. But beware! You can lose house points too! In each game, there is a note of house points and how many you should get. Adult roles in the party: If you have a mum and a dad, to could be an idea to make your mum dress up as Minerva McGonagall and your dad as Snape! (Be prepared… they may have a few objections about this…)
Sort the Party Guests. Buy a sorting hat on Amazon. NECA has a talking sorting hat for $20. This would truly bring some magic to the party.
Play Harry Potter Games.Astronomy: Simply print and cut out a picture of each of the planets. Each student at Hogwarts has 10 mins to find all the planets hidden around the house. Award 10 house points to everyone who finds the planets, and take 10 away from anyone who doesn’t find them.Create your own spell:This game is bound to be a big hit. Before the party, find a Latin dictionary (online or a book) and compile a list of Latin nouns and verbs to give the “students”, which they can combine into their own spells. Latin is the best language to use, because it is the one used in the Harry Potter books (e.g., the Lumos spell, which means light in Latin). Let them practice by having Wizard Duels with each other. Use glow sticks as wands as they give off light.Race to dinner: This little game is good fun. Create a course around your house to get to your dinner. Everyone can shoot a spell, although all spells are restricted except Stunning spells and Disarming spells. If you are hit by a Stunning Spell, then you have to stay still for 5 secs. If you are hit by a Disarming spell, you’re not allowed to shoot a spell at anyone for 5 secs. You’re not allowed to shoot a spell unless you have count 2 secs from the last spell you shot. This is a bit complicated, so practice before dinner, or this could end in chaos! You may also want to check with a parent, since they may think you’ve gone mad if you want to race around the house with your friends waving sticks at each other, and you could knock over some valuables.Harry Potter board games: There are a lot of great Harry Potter games out there, so if you or any of your friends have any make sure you include them in your party!Harry Potter make a food: Making foods can be so fun! Give all the kids a selection of the basic foods and stay around to keep them out of trouble. (They might set the house on fire!) All they are doing is picking a Harry Potter food each, or making one together, getting the food they will need, cooking it and finally tasting. You can get suggestions of Harry Potter foods if you can buy/read the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. You get 5 house points if Snape thinks it is yummy. But will it come out as sour? Sweet? Tasty? Yucky?Potions Class: Get lots of fizzy drinks, sweets and berries. Split into pairs and take a ‘cauldron’ (a large bowl or toy cauldron) for each pair. Now have fun mixing it all together. Make your dad/brother/uncle dress up as Snape and taste each pair’s potion. His favorite potion is given 10 house points, the second favorite gets 5 and third is awarded three.Crosswords. There are thousands of Harry Potter Crosswords on the net, but making your own is much more fun. If you find this too hard, just make a word search instead. http://www.superkids.com/aweb/tools/words/search/ is were you can create them. Let the kids go on the computer/laptop one at a time, make their crossword, print it out and wait. Kids will then find a partner and they will swap crosswords and try to figure them out. The crosswords should be Harry Potter related.