Check out these Harry Potter party ideas and get ready to host a magical celebration! We’ll give you lots of great party tips for invitations, decorations, games, activities and more… Everything you need to throw a party that’s out of this world.
Harry Potter Party Ideas for Invitations
Great invitations can help set the tone for your party before it even starts. Here are some Harry Potter party ideas for invitations that you can make at home that will transport your guests beyond the mere muggle world to a magical celebration!
You can always find lots of great online party invitations with a free RSVP manager at Evite, or here are some ideas for making your own invitations.
Hogwart’s School Invitations — Every year, Harry is invited back to attend the next level of classes at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Fashion a fun Harry Potter party invitation based on this letter by printing the Hogwart’s seal on the front, along with the words, “You Are Invited to Attend.” Inside, write
Dear Mr. / Miss _________ ,
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted at Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. A special pre-term birthday celebration will be held on (Day, Date at Time) in honor of our newest Head Boy/Girl, (Name of Birthday Boy/Girl).
Please RSVP by owl or by Muggle phone at (Your Phone Number) by Specified Date .
Transportation to Hogwarts will depart from King’s Cross Station, (Party Address), Gate 9 3/4.
Proper wizard attire is requested.
(Parent’s or Host’s Signature)
(Parent’s or Host’s Name)
(Deputy Headmaster / Headmistress)
Magical Object Cut Out Invitations — A simple idea for an invitation is to fold a piece of construction paper in half and cut it into the shape of a magical object such as a wizard’s hat, a broomstick, an owl or a cauldron. Have your guest of honor decorate these with markers, glitter, or whatever craft supplies you have on hand. Write your party information on the inside of the card.
Marauder’s Map Invitations — Use this magical object as an inspiration by creating your own map invitations. Start with a small bowl of water and coffee grounds, a sponge, and white or cream colored paper. Take the sponge and gently dab the coffee water on the paper to make it look like old parchment. When dry, fold the paper in half and print your party information on the front (also give directions for revealing the inner map’s writing by placing the invitation near a warm lightbulb, or placing it on a radiator or in a low temperature oven). Next, on the inside of your invitation, design a map in invisible ink (lemon juice or white vinegar) that is to be read only by the invitee to your party.
** Since all mail in the Harry Potter books is delivered by owl post, a fun touch when mailing your invitations is to draw an owl or use owl stickers on the envelope. Another idea is to use a wax seal on your envelopes to give them an old fashioned feeling.
Also, since this is a Harry Potter party, you might consider asking your guests to come dressed as their favorite character — student, teacher, or creature!
Harry Potter Party Ideas for Decorations
Platform 9 3/4 Entrance — A fun Harry Potter party idea for decorating your event entrance is to hang a piece of brick-patterned fabric with a vertical slit cut into it over your doorway. Place a sign that reads “Platform 9 3/4” over the top, and have your guests enter just like Harry and the Weasleys!
Turn Your Party Into the Magical World — Label different places in your home with the names of places from Harry’s magical world. For example, you might make a sign for your front hall calling it Diagon Alley, your kitchen could get transformed into The Leaky Cauldron, and you could make a fun entry curtain of gold and scarlet streamers leading into your dining area and hang a sign calling it The Great Hall.
Hang House Banners — Each house in the Harry Potter series was represented by its own colors, animal, and credo. Making house banners is a fun Harry Potter party idea that incorprates some of the stories into your celebration. Here is the information for each house:
- GRYFFINDOR* COLORS — Scarlet and Gold* ANIMAL — Lion* CREDO — “You might belong in Gryffindor where dwell the brave at heart, their daring, nerve and chivalry set Gryffindors apart.”
- SLYTHERIN* COLORS — Green and Silver* ANIMAL — Serpent* CREDO — “…In Slytherin you’ll make your real friends, those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends.”
- HUFFLEPUFF* COLORS — Yellow and Black* ANIMAL — Badger* CREDO — “You might belong in Hufflepuff, where they are just and loyal, those patient Hufflepuffs are true and unafraid of toil.”
- RAVENCLAW* COLORS — Blue and Bronze* ANIMAL — Eagle* CREDO — “Or yet in wise old Ravenclaw, if you’ve a ready mind, where those of wit and learning will always find their kind.”
Float Some Snitches — To make a golden snitch, spray paint a ping pong ball gold and glue two feathers to it. Suspending a few of these with fishing line can add a whimsical touch to your decorations.
Use Magical Props — Raid your Halloween closet for some props to use in your Harry Potter theme party decorations. Broomsticks, magic wands, bats and spiders, candles (placed in safe locations), toy owls, wizard hats, round spectacles, and “potions” made of different colored drinks in glass pitchers and jars can all be great additions to your party decor.
A Table Worthy of the Great Hall — Here are some Harry Potter party ideas to help you set a magical party table:
First, make a tablecloth of black velvet fabric or cover any dark tablecloth with a starry tablecover. Next, scatter star confetti. Make a centerpiece out of a wizard hat, surrounded by different sized balls (to represent quidditch balls) and other magical props. Candlelight or white twinkle lights can also be a nice addition since there was lots of this type of lighting in the great hall. Finally, for table settings, you can either use solid gold paper plates with coordinating napkins and cutlery, or opt for Harry Potter party supplies.
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Harry Potter Party Ideas for Activities
All of the many adventures in the Harry Potter books can be great inspirations for activities at your Harry Potter theme party. Here are a few of our favorites:
**Before playing any games, you might put everyone’s name on slips of paper into a “sorting” hat and draw teams based on the house names in the novels.
Muggle Quidditch — Because none of your party guests can fly, adapt the game of quidditch into a rousing tournament of broomstick hockey, using brooms for each player, two goals, and depending on age, a beach ball, rubber ball, or tennis ball.
Harry Potter Trivia — See how much everyone remembers with a game of trivia. Click here for a printable set of Harry Potter trivia questions. You might also want to have a set of the books on hand to look up any challenging answers.
Tri-Wizard Tournament Obstacle Course — Set up an obstable course in your yard or an open area and challenge your wizards to race to victory!
Bertie Bott’s Bean Tasting — Using Bertie Bott’s every flavor beans (or regular jelly beans) put similar beans into 10 different cups numbered 1-10. Give each guest a paper numbered 1-10. Blindfold your guests and see how many of the bean flavors they can identify by taste. Have everyone record their answers on their papers and then at the end reveal the true answers and see how many everyone got right.
Capture the Dragon — You will need a couple of scarves or socks for this Harry Potter party idea. To play, first divide your guests into 4 or more groups. Each group should line up in single file, with the children holding onto the shoulders of the child in front of them. The children at the front of each line are the heads of the dragons, and the children at the back are the tails (hang a scarf or sock out of the waistbands of every “tail” child). All the members of each dragon team must stay connected to each other during the game. The object of the game is to try to collect as many tails as possible from the other groups, while keeping yours away from the others. Once a group’s tail is taken, they must sit out until the next round.
Marauder’s Map Scavenger Hunt — Before the party, hide a number of magical objects around your yard or party area (toy frogs, bags of jelly beans, dragon eggs, “sorcerer’s stones”, etc.) You might want to give each item a certain number of points. Give your guests a list of what you’ve hidden, and set everyone off on a quest to find as many magical objects as possible.
Chamber of Secrets Freeze Tag — In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, something is set loose to petrify the students. Use this as your inspiration for a traditional game of freeze tag. In freze tag, once you are touched by the tagger you must stay perfectly still until you are unfrozen by the touch of another player. Once you have been frozen 3 times you are out until the next round. The last person left in the game becomes the tagger for the next round.
Make Magical Wands — This craft is a great Harry Potter party idea to kick off your event and keep everyone occupied until all the guests have arrived. Set out a range of different sized wooden dowels, markers, paint, glue, and specially labeled items such as colored embroidery thread (unicorn hair), feathers (phoenix feathers), and glitter or sequins (dragon scales). Let your guests go to town creating their own unique wands that can later be used during the party to cast or deflect spells!
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Harry Potter Party Ideas for Food and Drink
Be creative with your party menu by giving your foods magical names. Let your guest of honor help come up with some suggestions. Here are a few to help get you started:
FOOD AND SNACKS
- Dragon Legs (chicken drumsticks)
- Professor Moody’s deviled Egg Eyeballs
- Chocolate Frogs (chocolate turtles)
- Herbology Veggie Tray
- Forbidden Forest Fruit Tray
- Pensieve Cheese Fondue
- Cauldron Soup
- Doughnut Hole Snitches
- Professor Flitwick’s Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Wands
- Honeyduke’s Candy Cauldrons (mix gummy worms and other novelty candies into Chex mix and serve in cauldron candy cups.
- Magic Potions — The night before your party, mix a packet of brightly colored, unsweetened drink mix with 1.5 cups of water and freeze in an ice cube tray. Repeat with different colors of mix. Freeze overnight. At the party, drop one or two of your newly colored ice cubes into lemon-lime carbonated soda. As your ice cubes melt, your drinks will be magically transformed!
- Leaky Cauldron Butterbeer — The muggle version of this classic drink is a ginger ale or root beer float. Yummy!
- Dementor Mind Freezing Slushies
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