A Harry Potter Themed Party
What is better than all things Harry Potter? All things Harry Potter that are affordable! And I’m not talking about the “affordable” that will end up costing you $200 of online buying. My Harry Potter party consisted of cheap, hand-made crafts, dollar store finds, making do with what I already had available (or could borrow from friends and family), and ready to serve or simple recipes. Feel free to use all of this as inspiration for your next Halloween, birthday, or Harry Potter fan party!
1. Floating Candles
I did these slightly different than the source instructions but they still turned out great. I mixed some yellow paint into my white to give it an aged look. I also had thicker paint that would not drip like the original instructions. So instead, I painted a quick white coat, allowed to dry, then went back over with my yellow tinted paint. A thin layer of matte acrylic spray sealer can also help the paint stay on the hot glue “drips”.
2. Flying Keys
There are several ways to do these but in order to use the materials I had available to me, I had to wing it. Pun intended. I found simple skeleton key clip art designs and butterfly or fairy wing designs online and printed them on cardstock to create a template. I then used craft foam (black, tan, and grey) for the keys, cutting them out with a pen knife. For the wings, I used scrap plastic packaging sheets my husband brought home from work (tracing paper would also work) and traced the wing template with a fine point permanent marker, and attached them with hot glue. I used fishing line and clear push pins to secure them to the ceiling.
3. Ron’s Pet Rat, Scabbers
This one takes a little skill. I found a squeaky black rat at a local dollar store and painted him to look more like Scabbers. I even cut off his right index finger (according to the books)! If you would like to try this one, I suggest sealing it with matte acrylic sealer spray.
4. Platform 9 3/4 Brick Wall Entrance
There are many ways to do this craft, but again I needed to work with what I already had available. I used scrap white material and to get the different red bricks, I added a small amount of green paint to the red paint. For the sign I used some scrapbook paper and construction paper. All free hand, no templates.
5. Follow the Spiders Wreath
This was a craft decoration from the previous Halloween, but, of coarse, it was a must. The wreath itself is a simple combination of a cheap twig wreath, fake spider webbing, plastic spiders, and trusty hot glue. The “Follow the Spiders” sign I made from dampening thick paper with paint-tinted water (coffee can also tint paper) and allowing it to dry curled. I then used hot glue to secure it to the web.
6. Hogwarts House Bookmarks
I created my bookmarks using Picmonkey after seeing some awesome bookmarks on Etsy. I used the house crests, the dominant personality traits of each house student, and other images I felt applied to each house (Harry’s glasses and scar for Gryffindor, Deathly Hallows symbol Luna’s father wore as a necklace -Luna was Ravenclaw, a potion bottle for Prefessor Snape, head of Slytherin house, and the Sorting Hat for Hufflepuff because I personally like the way he says “Hufflepuff” in the movie) to create personable bookmarks.
7. Broomstick Gift Bags
These were easy enough, even if I didn’t read the instructions. I know, I know, shame on me. But if you would like to, click here, these were my inspiration. As for the “broom handle”, I used the wands (mentioned below), and the gift bags included one Golden Snitch candy and a Thank You howler (both also mentioned below).
There is NO WAY you can have a Harry Potter party without wands! And they really are easy to make. Yes, I did try to make some that looked similar to the ones from the movies and the Pottermore site, but I did not sell them. Click here for my inspirational instructions.
9. Thank You Howler
Because I could not find a good “Ron’s Howler” how-to, I made my own template. I used red construction paper for the envelope and white printer paper for the letter, a small red ribbon for the “tongue”, a pair of zigzag pattern scissors to create the teeth effect, an ultra thin marker for the decorations, and hot glue to assemble the howlers. For the templates below, I created them using Fontspace Harry Potter fonts and Picmonkey. Note: My demensions were 3 inches by 6 inches, but you can make them larger.
**You can print these or use them as inspiration and make them your own. Remember all content on this site is under copyright so please be courteous and give us a shout out.**
10. Golden Snitch Candy
The page I had gotten my inspiration from is no longer available so I will provide you with the template I created for my snitch wings. I used gold glitter scrapbook paper and hot glued the tips to the sides of Ferrero Rocher candies.
Foods and Snacks:
I wanted a snack for each house and these are the ones I used. I also wanted to incorporate some of the snacks from the movie. This was my party food list, feel free to use it or make up your own!
Huffle Puffs– Cheese puffs
Raven Claws – Bugels
Slytherin Snakes – Sour or Plain gummy worms
Gryffin S’smores – Baked or classic S’mores
Chocolate frogs – Buy molds here
Golden Snitches – (See above)
Butterbeer – Find the recipe here. *Note: I suggest caramel melts instead of the hard candies or caramel syrup. The hard candies did not dissolve well.
Felix Felicis – Butterscotch Schnapps – I hand painted over the label for effect. You could also print off a label using the background provided for the food labels and the fonts provided below.
Polyjuice Potion – Find the recipe here. We added gin but did not label it as anything special since it was staying in the freezer.
1. Food Labels
2. Food Label Stands
These were made with large paperclips and wire pliers. You can find the instructions here.
3. Potion Cauldron
Get this party started!
During the party we played the Harry Potter soundtrack station on Spotify for ambiance. We separated into teams — based on houses, of course — and played several rounds of Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit. There is so much more I could have done and if you have any ideas, send them our way. /*
**Remember to drink your potions responsibly!**
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