What You'll Need:
- A Pencil
- A Hat or Bowl
Write the names of scary creatures or things on slips of paper. Each one must be unique, and there should be one for each guest. Here are some examples:
- Whomping Willow
Fold each piece of paper, and place all of the slips of paper in the hat or bowl. (Note:
If you made a sorting hat centerpiece, use that!)
At the Party:
Explain to the children that a Boggart assumes the shape of the thing that terrifies a person most, and that you have a hat/bowl full of Boggarts that will try to scare them. The only way to make the Boggart stop is to call out the name of the scary thing it's impersonating, followed by the magical word "Riddikulus!"
Have your guests take turns drawing from the hat and acting out the creature or thing that they select, all without speaking. Your other guests must try to guess what the player is acting out. When someone guesses correctly, the Boggart will disappear (i.e. sit back down so another player can take a turn). Award a small prize, such as a piece of candy or a sticker, to each player who guesses correctly, as well as to each player who acts out a creature. (This way, all of the children will get a small prize at least once).
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