My son started reading Harry Potter at the beginning of 3rd grade. He never much talked about it the first books but then started using Harry Potter lingo in everyday conversation. He was hooked!!! After he finished a few of the books we started watching the movies. Then he asked for a harry potter birthday party. That was Oct and his birthday was not until August so I half expected him to change his mind.
- Magic Wands
- The pink cake Haggard made in the first movie.
- Sorting Hat
- Honeydukes candy cart
- Pumpkin Juice
Well some of these request were easier than others but he was extremely happy with our attempts to make magic out of fabric, cardboard, pool noodles, hula hoops, wood sticks, hot glue and other not so magical things we had laying around the house.
Figuring out how to have the sorting hat place them in Gryffindor or Slytherin was difficult. We only needed two groups so he picked his favorite ones. The houses were used this to divided them up for Quidditch teams and potion classes along with the photo booth time. First I was just going to have them draw the team names out of the hat but my son wanted to actually wear the hat. So I decided (that morning) to place tags with numbers on them on the rim of the hat with tape. They put on the hat and pulled one of the strings. After they were all done they sat down and we passed out the boxes with wands on top. I figured since the wands were all different it was safer to just give them to them as if that is what was chosen for them. To my surprise not one kid wanted a different wand. I wrapped the 2 different shirts in all kinds of boxes and wrapped them in shipping paper and twine. The best part was that it looked great on the table.
Honeydukes Candy store had some amazing treats. All of which I packed up and gave them as a goodie bag. I knew that cake and butter beer was plenty of sugar for our 3 hour window.
Pumpkin juice… aka Orange Crush. Although I found many ways to make my own on Pinterest I decided that in August no matter how good a tall glass of pumpkin just sounded gross. This was great and a real hit.
Spells and Explosions Class
Berties Bott’s Every Flavor Jelly Bean Challenge.