Harry Potter party ideas tend to be very popular not only among kids but also adults and teenagers, especially the fans. Some considerations to take into account include the invitations, decorations, food and drinks, as well as the games and activities for the party.
While J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter book series as a set of children’s stories, there are countless devoted fans who are adults, as well. Whether it’s Halloween or you just have some like-minded friends coming over, a Harry Potter party can be an enjoyable theme for your friends to experience. From the decorations to the food, recreate a Hogwarts atmosphere for your adult Harry Potter fan friends.
You may advise your guests to dress in one of two fashions: dress in wizardry wear, whether or not they imitate a famous character from the movies, or come as a wizard trying unsuccessfully to pass as a Muggle. As Harry Potter fans know, many witches and wizards get it hilariously wrong when they attempt to dress in Muggle fashion. A top hat, ballerina dress and swim fins would not be out of character. Give prizes to the best costume in each category, so they don’t have to compete with each other.
Decoration can be very creative. You may 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 “Crook shanks” cat or a “Norbert” dragon to decorate.
The Harry Potter book series is filled with unusual things to eat and drink, giving you lots of variety for your party. Serve your guests Gillyweed Cocktails, which are blue martinis, Butter beer, a mixture of cream soda and butterscotch schnapps, and Fire whisky, which is red hot Schnapps. Poke black shoestring liquorice into chocolate cupcakes to make cauldron cakes, mix together melted chocolate and chow Mein noodles and drop spoonful onto waxed paper to make cockroach clusters and bake pumpkin pie filling in circles of dough folded over to make pumpkin pie pasties.
Hogwarts students love Bernie Bott’s flavoured jelly beans. Have a jelly bean tasting contest to see how many flavours guests can identify. Divide flavours of jelly beans into paper cups, and have the guests’ taste the candy in each cup and write down what they think the flavour is. Whoever guesses the most correctly wins a Harry Potter prize. Set up a crafting area where kids can make their own wands. Use wooden dowels purchased from a craft store or twigs picked up from outside. Kids can make the wands their own by gluing glitter or rhinestones onto them, or tying glittery ribbons from them. Play a game of Boggart Charades by writing down the names of scary creatures on pieces of paper and letting each kid draw one. Examples include mummy, vampire, snake, spider or dragon. After the kids have drawn their scary creatures, play the game according to normal charades rules.
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