There are some things you can’t share without ending up liking each other, and knocking out a twelve-foot mountain troll is one of them.
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
The Harry Potter series — both books and movies — are packed tales of adventure, romance, magic and friendship. They focus on growing up, learning to face your problem head on and navigating through the world of wizard and magic. Although J K Rowling declares that the Harry Potter Sega ends with her final book, the cursed child, the adventure is sure to continue in the imagination of new generations.
I read the books when they first came out over a decade ago. Reluctant at first to dive into a teenage witch saga, I was quickly obsessed. I devoured book after book as my love for the series grew stronger and stronger. I could barely stand the wait for the epic conclusion, The Cursed Child. When my son was 10 years old, I decided it was time to introduce him to the world of Harry Potter. We began reading them together before bed, but his love and curiosity for the series grew to the point I would catch him up late at night devouring the books (like mother, like son?!).
Whereas, I moved on to other series, my son became more and more obsessed. He watched the movies, read graphic novels and started collecting all things Harry Potter. When we visited Universal Studios, I wasn’t surprised that the Harry Potter attraction was the one he enjoyed most. When his birthday rolled around, it was only too fitting for him to want …you guessed it…a Harry Potter Party!
I am by no means a party planner and I don’t go all out for birthdays, but my son was rather creative and I wanted to share with you a few of the ways we turned a regular sleepover into a Harry Potter adventure!
1.. Invitations: The first step to any good birthday party is the invitations. My son was adamant that the best way to invite his friends to Hogwarts was through a formal school acceptance letter. Thanks to Pinterest and OneCreativeMommy I found the best wording for a Hogwarts (Birthday) admission letter! I added the Hogwarts crest, antiqued it and presto! I had a beautiful, well scripted invitation.
2.. Front Door: For any young wizard attending Hogwarts: School for Witch Craft and Wizardry, they must first ride aboard the Hogwarts express. The only problem is the platform it arrives on is 9 3/4. If you were to search for that you would hit a brick wall and only wizards are able to run through it! To recreate this, we found a brick table cloth and taped it the front door. We added suitcases on the front porch to give it a travel feel.
3. Sorting Hat: Once all the Wizards had arrived, it was time to “sort” them into their respective houses. We did this with the purchase of a mini sorting hat and a few clips from YouTube (Sorting Song & Houses: Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Slytherin, Griffindor)
4. Table Lighting: For our feast, we wanted to add a little bit of magic to the table so we hung battery operated tealights from the lamp with clear string and they looked like the floating candles from the movie.
5. Party Favours: No party is complete without a take home souvenir of the adventure. Keeping with the Harry Potter Theme, we designed gift bags with the house emblems on them and placed an enchanting pet inside to help them on their future magical quest.
The birthday party was simple, but also a lot of fun! I hope this gives you some ideas on how you can turn your next birthday into a Harry Potter party!