Throw the Harry Potter Party of the Year

Childs Harry Potter Gryffindor Robe

Childs Harry Potter
Gryffindor Robe

Your child loves Harry Potter, absolutely loves the books and the movies, and nothing would be better than a Harry Potter birthday party.  Well, of course, since it is so popular you can easily find everything you would need for a Harry Potter theme party, but you can go far beyond any of the simple shop-bought party accessories with a little imagination on your part.  In fact, you can go as far as to create the entire Harry Potter world right in your own house and it isn't very difficult or expensive.


The first thing to consider are the invitations.  You can use the invitations you can buy in the shop, but think about this.  What if each child received an acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry?  What if you got some nice paper and typed up and printed out a letter and addressed it to each child.  What a perfect way to start the party off before it actually begins!  The only thing that will be missing in the delivery are the owls, but either way the kids will be thrilled.


Now you can set up your house to be Hogwarts, making each room in your home a room in the castle.  You can have the Great Hall, the Library, the Gryffindor Common Room, Potions, Herbology, and anything else you would like to include.  If it is summer and you have a garden shed, then you can make that Hagrid's hut, and you can pretend part of your garden is the Forbidden Forest.  You also have the option of set up places like the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley, and Ollivander's Wand Shop.  There is no end to the possibilities.  Once you have laid it all out, you can easily decorate using lots of owls and broomsticks and other Halloween decorations.  You can add golden snitches simply by painting ping-pong balls and hanging them around the house and you can create the banners of each of the Hogwarts houses, including Gryffindor, Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, and Slytherin.


Food can also be an adventure in imagination.  The birthday cake can be designed as the Quidditch pitch, which would be very fun indeed.  You can also serve up blood worms, cauldron cakes, wand pretzels, and you can even make your own version of butter beer, something that is a must at any Harry Potter party.  Just some soda pop and ice cream so it is like a root beer float will work just fine.  However, before you can serve the food, the guests need to be sorted into their houses.  Just get a witch's hat and put in a number of papers with the house names on them and then have each child pick one.  Alternatively, you can put the children's names in the hat and as you draw the names out you can assign them each to a house.  No matter how you do it the kids will be excited.

Games and activities

Finally, you will want games and activities to keep the kids busy.  Any “muggle” game can be turned into a Harry Potter game with a little imagination.  Capture the Flag can become Capture the Snitch.  You can have a scavenger hunt for various items, including the Sorcerer's Stone.  You can have a relay race in which they pass their wands instead of a baton and you can have them make their own wands at Ollivander's.  Just use twigs and various materials that they can pretend are dragon scales, unicorn hair, and phoenix feathers.  Even a Harry Potter trivia game or Harry Potter charades would be great fun and if you can hire a magician to come in and entertain, that would bring a real “wizard” into the party fun.

In the end you will want to send the kids all home with a party favour bag.  You can give them a golden snitch, chocolate frogs, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, and even a broomstick.  These kids will have the time of their lives and will think it is the best birthday party they have ever been to and your child will love you forever for throwing such a fantastic party.  Best of all, the fun of a Harry Potter theme party is not all that difficult or expensive and that means that you will be very popular without a lot of sacrifice on your part.