Harry Potter Party
I am a big fan of JK Rowling and the Harry Potter series. So naturally, when my friend Cindy invited us to check out the Harry Potter party she and her daughters put together to celebrate the final film, we ran right over.
This is the second time Cindy has thrown this themed party—once a couple years ago for her eldest and then a couple weekends ago for both her daughters and their friends. I pretty much consider her an expert and bow to her creativity, attention to detail, and ability to make everything fun.
I asked Cindy if she wouldn’t mind me sharing some of the party here. Below are a few photos and links to help you plan a Harry Potter party of your own.
Party goers were greeted at the door. Each was given a key to a vault at Gringotts.
A visit to Diagon Alley.
Platform 9 3/4
A ride on the Hogwarts Express with candy cart including Spell Binders—an edible spell book.
Hogwarts + Charms Class
Potions to reveal if you’re hiding a secret, Divination class and Spell casting on great big spiders
The party tour ended with a couple rounds of beanboozled. I now know what a centipede tastes like.
We had the best time. The kids played with their wands for days afterward. They designed spell books, pretended to battle the dog and spent hours making up their own world. It kicked off a couple weeks worth of creative play.
I have to say, I really enjoyed the charms and potions class. I could see those experiments working outside of a Potter themed party too—for a science themed party/play date, as home school or classroom science activity. The kids absolutely loved them.
And here’s how you make Severus Snape’s Revealing Potion:
Prepare mini black cauldrons by putting a few drops of food coloring in the bottom of each and letting them dry overnight. Be sure to do at least one with blue food coloring.
1 small bottle powdered bicorn horn (baking soda, about 1T)
1 large pinch fairy dust (glitter, a pinch)
Troll’s blood (vinegar, a shot glass full)
Add powdered unicorn horn to small cauldron. Sprinkle with fairy dust.
Add trolls blood slowly until the mixture froths.
If your potion turns blue, you are hiding a secret.
I have to give a big huge thank you to Cindy for opening up her home to us! (insert sounds of cheering here) Thank you Cindy!