Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Harry Potter Party - A Day to Remember

Now that the holiday hustle and bustle has died down, I finally have a moment to write about the Harry Potter party I had been planning for the twins' 7th birthday.  I wrote a few posts detailing my preparations leading up to the day, Planning Has Begun, Activities - 1, Sorting Ceremony, and Cake Pops.

It took months of planning, research and preparation; but, the party turned out great.  There were a few things that didn't get done the way I had expected; but, the kids didn't notice and that's all that matters.  The night before the party, I was up until 1:00am with final preparations.

The brick wall to Platform 9 3/4

Upon arrival, the kids ran (walked) through the brick wall I had painted on a clear shower curtain and hung with magnets to our front door.  Of course, since I was running the party and Mr. Twingle was busy with Pickle, we didn't get as many pictures as I would have hoped and we missed this moment.  They then proceeded into the living room as a staging area until all the "students" arrived.  We then proceed to the "Great Hall" for our sorting ceremony.  Years ago, I found a Sorting Hat.  At the time, I wasn't a Harry Potter fan and had no idea what it was, I bought it to use with a witch costume.  So that came in handy for our ceremony.  Kids took turns sitting on a stool.  I held the hat over their heads and, make up some gibberish, then call out a House designation.  We had 2-3 kids per each house.  
Pardon the messy "Great Hall".  You can see the Sorting Hat
on the table and the brick wall that got moved inside. Hanging
is our very own Nibums 2000!

Students then prepared for a trip to Diagon Alley to purchase their supplies.  I would have liked to set up the twins' bedrooms as store fronts in Diagon Alley better; but the kids seemed to like it just the same:

Cauldrons & pads of parchment
Not shown: Quills, potion bottles, and text book

Licorice wands, puking pastils.
Not shown: tontoffee, rockets and more

After our visit to Diagon Alley, we returned to Hogwarts to commence classes.  Houses were divided up with Gryffindor and Slitherin going to one class and Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw another.  We then rotated.

First up, was Divination.  Professor Trelawney, played by my SIL, Lisa, taught the students to read tea leaves and custom Harry Potter tarot cards she had made for the occasion.  She also talked about crystals and their powers.  Each student got to pick a crystal, to wear (adding to their caudron aka: loot bag).  

While Prof. Trelawney was teaching Divination, Professor's Snape and Umbridge (my brother & SIL) were teaching Potions.  Each student got to make "Liquid Lightening" and "Slitherine Slime".

Making Liquid Lightening (Mrs Weasley in the background preparing lunch)

Making Slitherine Slime

As you see in one of the above photos, Mrs. Weasley (my mom) was busy in the Hogwarts kitchen preparing lunch for the students.  Lunch consisted of Toad in a Hole (hot dogs wrapped in Pillsbury crescent rolls), Mrs. Weasley's Rock Cakes (raisin tea biscuits), Fever Fudge (chocolate fudge), and Hogwarts Party Mix (Hostess Party Mix).  We followed it all up with Hedwig Cake Pops.

These awesome nut-free, egg-free cake pops made by Cake Pop Gaile
After lunch, all four Houses went to Transfiguration, where they learned to turn rats into glasses using the spell in their textbook: Feraverto.  Of course, being only first year students, no one was able to master the spell and they were required to take their rats home to practice on.

We ended the day with the newly appointed head boy & girl (Boo & Pretty) opening their congratulatory gifts.

In retrospect, my expectations may have been a tad high; but, the feedback I received from the parents afterward all indicated that it was by far the best party their kids had ever been to.  So while I didn't have my Hogwarts Express cut out, to take the kids to the school, or my audio clips from the movie for the Sorting Ceremony, it appears everyone had a wonderful time.  

In fact, the twins have asked me to do it all again next year...YIKES!


  1. What an amazing party! A party like that sounds perfect for any Harry Potter fan, even adults! I am so glad the kids enjoyed it since I know you put a lot of work into it.

  2. wow what an awesome party!!! Glad the kids enjoyed it!!!

  3. this looks AMAZING!! i have a seven year old that is obsessed with harry potter... you did such a great job! may have to add this one to the list of ideas for birthday #8 - thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks everyone. It was a great party, even if I didn't get to do all the things I had hoped to. I'll try to take pictures of the text book I made up for all of the kids. That was probably one of the most time-consuming aspects of the whole day.
    Other things I wanted to do, was have a 9 3/4 sign outside and a quidditch match in the backyard.
    If I were to do it all over, the only thing I'd change is the time. I had it from 10-2. Fours hours is just too long.