Harry Potter Party Ideas

by Emily Churchill

last updated 1/16/2019

Grab your wands because we’re headed to Hogwarts! Take a ride on Hogwarts Express and get ready to choose your house! Are you a loyal Hufflepuff, creative Ravenclaw, ambitious Slytherin, or brave Gryffindor? Put on the Sorting Hat and find out!

Transform your child and his or her guests from Muggles to wizards with our Harry Potter Party Ideas! We have suggestions for everything from invitations to activities that will ensure a mystical birthday bash no one will forget!

Harry Potter Party Invitations

Unless you have access to an owl that makes postal deliveries, you will probably have to send your invitations like a Muggle. Use this personalized invitation and seal the envelope with a personalized sticker calling all "Witches and Wizards."

If you want to add a little something extra to your invitations, you can include a ticket to Hogwarts Express and seal it with a red wax stamp just like the ones Harry received.

Harry Potter Party Decorations

Decorating for a Harry Potter themed party is a piece of cake! No need for House Elves here, just use the house colors to create a magical food table that would make a wizard proud.

Start with black plastic table covers to create a curtain behind the table. Add red (Gryffindor), yellow (Hufflepuff), blue (Ravenclaw), and green (Slytherin) plastic table covers and tie in the middle to make them look like house banners. You can find house crest images online and add them to the banners or you can download and print the ones seen in the photos.

The Sorting Hat makes a great table prop when not in use sorting guests into their houses. Vintage looking suitcases can double as a centerpiece as well as a place to set a tray of food or treats.

Using  Harry Potter Tableware to create a Hogwarts themed tablescape with the house crests emblazoned on the plates and napkins. Display some of the favors in a cup that shines with gold washi tape and make sure everyone gets a set of Harry's glasses to wear during the party.

Bring a bit of Daigon Alley to your party by setting up Gringotts Bank and Honeydukes stands complete with Gringotts coins and Sherbet Lemons (Professor Dumbledore’s favorite!). With a little magic of your own, you can transform lemonade stands into these iconic buildings right from the story.

If you really want to make your guests feel like they are eating in the Great Hall, cover your walls using the Medieval Stone Wall Backdrop. This backdrop instantly transforms any space to look like a castle.

Harry Potter Party Food

Food plays a big part in the Harry Potter stories. Young wizards enjoy bangers and mash at the Leaky Cauldron, Butterbeer at Three Broomsticks, and ice cream at Fortescue’s. While your guests may not appreciate bangers and mash, they will love some of the other treats featured in the books and films. Here are some to consider:

  • Butterbeer pudding
  • Treacle Tarts
  • Polyjuice Potion Punch
  • Pink Coconut Ice
  • Cauldron Cakes
  • Deviled Dragon Eggs
  • Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans
  • Butterbeer Cupcakes
  • Chocolate Golden Snitches
  • Chocolate Frogs
  • Pumpkin Pasties
  • Pumpkin Juice

When it comes to food, your guests would most likely be perfectly happy with pizza or hotdogs. But to stay on the Harry Potter theme you could try these ideas:

  • Make chocolate frogs using chocolate chips and gummy frogs (available at candy stores). Microwave one cup of chocolate chips until melted, and stir. Dip the gummy frogs in the melted chocolate, and then place them on wax paper to cool. Keep the frogs chilled until you're ready to serve them.
  • Serve "magic potion". Freeze cranberry and grape juice in ice cube trays before the party. Serve a colorless soda at the party, such as ginger ale or lemon-lime. Let your guests select their ice cubes, which will "magically" change the color of their drinks.

Harry Potter Party Activities

Just as they do in Harry Potter, start your guests off with a trip to Gringotts Bank. Each child receives a savings book and Gringotts coins which they can use to purchase wands at Ollivander’s and treats at Honeydukes.

Potions Class: Set up a potions class, preferably outside, and have your little wizards create a magical fizzing potion. Pour fruit juice into a glass and add a bit of baking soda and glitter. Add a splash of vinegar and watch the mixture fizz and foam! If you want to make different colors, use water instead of fruit juice and food coloring in your desired colors.

Herbology Class: Give each guest a small pot, some potting soil, and seeds. Once they have put the soil and seeds in the pot place them in a small cellophane bag to take home as a party favor. If you really want to up the creep factor you can use the heads of mini baby dolls from the dollar store and place them in the pots to make them look like little Mandrakes.

Harry Potter Party Favors

Send each guest home with a box of goodies they collected during the party: potted plants, Gringotts coins, candy from Honeydukes, Harry Potter glasses, pencils, and mini journals.

Party styled and designed by Kylie from Made by a Princess. Head over to her blog for more party tips, recipes, and free printables.

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