23 Magical Ideas for the Ultimate Harry Potter Party

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    A Wizarding Party Planning Guide for Muggles

    Ultimate Harry Potter Party
    @jennyrsmith / Twenty20

    Grab your spell books and press your dress robes, we have everything you need to magically transform your space into Hogwarts for the ultimate Harry Potter party. Whether it’s warm enough to celebrate outdoors or you’re looking to transform the inside of your home into The Great Hall, we created our own Room of Requirement to be your guide–full of essential recipes, decor and activities that even a Muggle can do!

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    Invitations: Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

    DIY Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
    HP Wishlist / Warner Bros.

    We’re pleased to inform you of this foolproof party invitation DIY. Grab your calligraphy pen for a more authentic take on this classic letter or download a template for easy customization. When you’re ready, send your invites out with an owl for a magically fast delivery.

    DIY Tea Stained Hogwarts Letter from Harry Potter Wish List

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    Invitations: Hogwarts Express Ticket

    Hogwarts Express ticket
    Harry Potter Wikia / Fandom

    Include a Hogwarts Express ticket for your guests to hang on their fridge, so they don’t forget the time and place of your gathering. Want to stay true to the story? The train leaves at precisely 11 o’clock from Platform 9 ¾ !  

    Hogwarts Express Ticket from​ Harry Potter Wiki

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    Invitations: Howler

    DIY Howler Origami
    Vitor Bravin / Arte Potter

    If you want to trick your friends before the fun begins, send them a personalized howler in lieu of a traditional invitation. Include a joke or two about some recent misbehavior as a nod to Mrs. Weasley’s magical letter.

    Howler Origami from vitorbravin

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    Location: Hogwarts Great Hall

    Hogwarts Great Hall
    Kara Allen /​ Kara's Party Ideas

    Create a cozy outdoor or indoor space with a long table fit to sit all witches and wizards in attendance. You can conjure up a Great Hall-inspired look by setting up buffet-style tables in your space. Have a separate table decorated for each Hogwarts house, like Kara Allen from Kara's Party Ideas, or divide one large table with different colored decor depending on the size of your space. Scatter DIY potion bottles filled with seasonings and sauces for the perfect reusable decor.

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    Location: Forbidden Forrest

    Forbidden Forrest Party
    Lumina / Stocksy United

    Bring the party outside for this Forbidden Forest-themed fest. Turn one of your backyard trees into the Weeping Willow to guide your guests to the out-of-bounds location. Cover your table and chairs with artificial vines and get some help from Neville or Professor Sprout to conjure up potted Mandrakes or other magical plants for your centerpiece. Just watch out for Centaurs any dark-hooded figures–you never know what could be lurking beyond the Hogwarts grounds.

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    Location: Hogsmeade Escape

    Candy in jars
    Stuart Snelling / EyeEm / Getty Images

    For a more lively atmosphere, transform your space into its very own Three Broomsticks or Honeydukes. After mastering the cozy, vibrant decor of each shop, don’t forget to serve up butterbeer and your favorite candies.

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    Appetizers and Main Dishes

    harry-potter-pumpkin-pasty
    Elaine Lemm

    From pumpkin pasties and roast chickens to hearty meat pies, select your dinner party mains from these excellent Harry Potter-inspired British dishes that will apparate your guests right into the middle of a Great Hall feast.

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    Desserts and Candies

    Ferrero Rocher Golden Snitches
    Laura Maclean / Party Delights

    There are many different desserts you can bake to end your magical night on a sweet note. Stick to the books with classic staples such as Harry’s 11th birthday cake from Hagrid, chocolate frogschocolate lava “cauldron cake,” Professor Lupin’s anti-dementor chocolate bars and even a take on sherbet lemon–we just can’t promise they’ll get you into Dumbledore’s office.

    Or, hide these Golden Snitch Ferrero Rocher chocolates or Golden Snitch cake pops around your home so the winning Seeker snatches...MORE a delicious reward.

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    Drinks

    Make Butterbeer at Home
    S&C Design Studios

    Get your Hogsmeade permission slip signed and head over to the Three Broomsticks for a glass of classic Butterbeer, firewhiskey or pumpkin juice.

    Or get inspired by Snape’s class with these potion inspired cocktails: polyjuice potion and felix felicis.

    Want drinks with more of a punch? The Goblet of FireMad Eye Martini and Pensive Cocktail are perfect to make in large batches. Just make sure you have a Wolfsbane Shot on hand in case Lupin shows up during a full moon. 

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    Conjure Up the Illusion With These Decorations

    DIY Floating Candles
    HP Wishlist / Warner Bros.

    Objects at Hogwarts are all about the enchantments. Whatever theme you choose, add a magic touch with floating candles and constellations above your table setting. In addition to the candles and stars, add paper snowflakes or leaves depending on the season.  

    Want to add more subtle touches to your home? Display your favorite magical novels as floating bookshelves and even add green floo powder flames or flying letters to your mantle or fireplace.

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    Moving Staircase

    Hogwarts moving pictures
    Bryton Taylor / In Literature

    Transform your stairs into an amazing gallery wall full of moving or still portraits taken right off the screen.

    Bryton Taylor from In Literature created a wonderful wall for her Harry Potter themed party. Print off your favorite portraits from the movies or search an antique store for old-timey portraits to help set the stage.

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    Platform 9 3/4

    Platform 9 3/4 Sign
    Bryton Taylor / In Literature

    With their ticket in hand, your guests can reach the Hogwarts Express right from your front door. Print out one of these Hogwarts Express signs and hang on your mailbox or front of your home. Drape a brick wall-inspired sheet on your front door and have your guests magically enter your fête.

    Want to decorate more doors? Try enchanting your entrance to the basement as the Dungeons or recreate the Fat Lady portrait for a Gryffindor common room entrance on one of your bedroom doors.

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    Care of Magical Crafts

    Monster Book of Monsters
    Samantha Kamilos / Samanthakamilos.com

    Pay attention to details with these animal-inspired crafts. Make your own Monster Book of Monsters to display around your party–just don’t feed it any cockroach clusters.

    If you’re looking for something less frightening, you won’t have to go to Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes for this fluffy creature. These adorably fluffy Pygmy Puffs are perfect for your younger guests.

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    Transfiguration With Professor McGonagall

    DIY Animal Pumpkins
    Lia Griffith

    If pumpkins are in season, it’s the perfect time to practice your Transfiguration charm and conjure up some critters. From Hedwig and Crookshanks and even Padfoot, these pumpkin designs will inspire you to recreate your favorite animals from the books or films.

    Decorating Your Pumpkins for Halloween from Lia Griffith

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    Potions Class

    Potions Class
    Bryton Taylor / In Literature

    Turn to page 394 and head down to the Dungeons for this potions-inspired craft. With minimal ingredients, this project can be easy even for first-years to practice their new magical powers. Want a more hands on craft? We love this DIY potion “slime”.

    If you want to stay true to Professor Snape’s potions classroom, we love this beautiful tutorial from In Literature and these printable ingredient labels from PB Teen.

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    Table Decor

    DIY Spell Book Centerpiece
    Christine and Jan / Little House on the Corner

    Whatever the theme, make your table extra special with spellbook centerpieces or crocheted cozies Molly Weasley would love. Accent your space with potion bottles for your cocktails and different colored placemats and/or table cloths for the different Hogwarts houses.

    Halloween Book Covers from Little House on the Corner

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    Don't Forget the Bathroom!

    Moaning Myrtle
    Kara Allen / Kara's Party Ideas

    The decor doesn’t stop in your living space, keep the magic going in this unexpected place. Stick a decal to mark the Ministry of Magic entrance on your toilet, like Kara from Kara's Party Ideas did. Or if you’re feeling extra ghoulish, place a cutout of Moaning Myrtle in your bath or shower and follow this tutorial on how to create your own motion sensored “haunting."

    Need more magic? It won’t be a Hogwarts bathroom without “The Chamber of Secrets has been opened enemies of the...MORE heir... beware” written on your mirror.

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    Music

    yule ball harry potter and the goblet of fire
    Warner Bros.

    Play any of your favorite Harry Potter soundtracks or even a Wizard Rock song or two to create the perfect ambiance for guests. After a few drinks and great food, people will be “Dancing the Hippogriff” at the Yule Ball in no time.

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    Quidditch Practice and Wizard’s Chess

    Fictitious Harry Potter Sport Quidditch Comes To Real Life
    Christopher Capozziello / Getty Images News / Getty Images

    It isn’t a party without a few games. Set up a game of DIY Quidditch with hula hoops and brooms in your backyard for active fun for all ages. Want to keep the fun indoors? Ron’s favorite round of Wizard's Chess is perfect for a cozy night in. 

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    Ollivander’s Wand Shop

    DIY Magic Wands
    Gretchen / Boxy Colonial

    Let the wands choose your witches and wizards with these beautiful easy DIY wands. Make the wands in advance and have a Ollivander's-inspired event or accio the supplies and have your guests make their own unique wand.

    DIY Harry Potter Wands from Boxy Colonial

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    The Sorting Ceremony

    A Tour Of The Set Of Harry Potter
    Gareth Cattermole / Getty Images

    No Harry Potter party is complete without a classic Sorting Ceremony. Make your own paper maché Sorting Hat and invite your guests to the front of the Great Hall to determine their place for the rest of the party.

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    Costumes

    Harry Potter Quidditch Robes Costume
    Polka Dot Chair

    Don’t forget to dress the part! From traditional Hogwarts robes to cosplaying your favorite students, professors or creatures, the possibilities are endless for you and your guests. Need inspiration? These costume ideas from Bookbub are so good, these wizards must have taken some polyjuice potion! 

    DIY Quidditch Robes from Polka Dot Chair

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    Gift Bags

    bertie bott's every flavor beans harry potter
    Scott Smith / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Don’t let your guests leave without a bit of magic to bring home. Fill a printable Bertie Bott’s Every Flavored Beans-inspired box with a medley of candies or a Honeydukes Chocolate Frog. Or personalize your guests’ favorite Harry Potter memories with pillow boxes of their favorite characters or a crocheted bookmark representing their Hogwarts house.