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Top Five Activities for Throwing a Harry Potter Party

After four years of organising Harry Potter events, our magical librarians at The Hive have got creating an unmissable party down to a dark art!

If you would like some tips on how to recreate some of the magic you experienced at The Hive to a party of your own, then read on for our top five Harry Potter activities.

OWL POST

On a selection of cream envelopes, write the names of all of the people (aka Hogwarts students) attending your party. Suspend them at various heights from the ceiling using cotton. If you have any owl toys, you might want to attach some to their beaks for added effect.

HAVE YOU SEEN THIS WITCH or WIZARD?

Create a selfie frame using either an empty wooden picture frame or a cardboard frame (either homemade or from a craft shop) and paint ‘Have you seen this witch or wizard?’ across the top. Your Hogwarts students can pose as ‘most wanted’ for photos. Use a # for social media.

SORTING CEREMONY

Why not start the night with a sorting ceremony to sort your students into the four Hogwarts houses. To set the mood, read Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Chapter 7, pages 125 – 126. One-by-one get your guests to sit on a chair and place a sorting hat on their head, whilst they select a piece of paper with either GRYFFINDOR, HUFFLEPUFF, RAVENCLAW or SLYTHERIN from a container.

BREED YOUR OWN MAGICAL BEAST

Get a collection of craft materials together and split your students into their houses (teams) to use the equipment and materials to create their own fantastic beast. The groups could take it in turns at the end to present the fantastic beast they have ‘bread’ and take everyone through their magical characteristics.

CREATE YOUR OWN FANTASTIC POTTER POTION

Split the Hogwarts students into their houses and ask them to make their very own Potters Potion. Supply them with various juices and ingredients and ask them to think about what magical powers the potion will have. Your wizards and witches can show everyone what they have created at the end of the game.

Remember to award points to the winning houses for each game to see if the best house wins! Go a step further and create a certificate for the winners.