DECORATIONS: I turned our entire carport in the Grand Hall. I bought some plastic wall stone cover online, and covered the entire wall, making it look like stone. I printed large house banners and hung them on the wall. I blew up a large Hedwig Balloon. I had electric lit candles hanging from the ceiling.
On the front of the house I made a large sign, using a large piece of cardboard, and a overhead projector, and made the Hogwarts School of Withcraft and Wizardry Logo.
I printed a sign that said King’s Cross Railway Station 9 ¾. This is where the kids lined up to get on the Hogwarts Express. I also made signs for each class, so the kids knew where to go. We had music from Harry Potter playing.
THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS: We have a barrel train and we made the Hogwarts Express logo and put in on the front. When the kids arrived at the front of the house they boarded the train which took them on a train ride, and around the back of the house to be dropped off at Diagon Alley.
DIAGION ALLEY – This is the first stop where the kids get off. There are 2 shops here. Ollivander's Wand Shop and Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions.
OLLIVANDER'S WAND SHOP - We took dowels and cut them into wands, complete with spirals and points. We painted them. The all looked different. The student’s would hold up a wand. If that wand picked that student a sound would go off. (My sister had a noise maker in her pocket and would push the buttons.) The kids faces grew so excited to think that the wand picked them. We also gave each student a gallon-size Ziploc bag with their name written on it. This would hold all the things they got throughout the party and what candy they got from the piñata.
MADAM MALKIN’S ROBES FOR ALL OCCASIONS- Student’s get their robes. We used large 33 gallon black garbage bags. My mom figured out a way to cut them into robes, complete with hoods. We had them pre-cut before the party and helped the kids put them on.
The robes we made. This one was cut tiny for little kids. Most were longer. Then the kids moved into the Grand Hall for House Sorting.
This shows the kids with their robes, wands, and bags. They are being welcomed by "Dumbledore"and getting ready to be sorted into houses. HOUSE SORTING: My husband was dressed as Dumbledore and welcomed all the students to Hogwarts. We bought a sorting hat and had it sitting on a stool. We had a voice thing inside the hat and my brother-in-law in the other room called out houses. So it seemed like the sorting hat was talking. We had all the kids names written down beforehand and already sorted into house to make them about the same size.
The Sorting hat begins by saying:
"Oh you may not think me pretty, but don't judge on what you see, I'll eat myself if you can find a smarter hat than me. You can keep your bowlers black,your top hats sleek and tall, for I'm the Hogwarts Sorting Hat, and I can cap them all. There's nothing hidden in your head, the Sorting Hat can't see, so try me on and I will tell you where you ought to be."Depending on which house the kids were going to be in, my brother-in-law said the following different things.
"I know… Hufflepuff! "
"I know just what to do with you!"
"Hmmmm… Difficult, very difficult."
"Plenty of courage I see. Not a bad mind, either."
"There’s talent, oh yes, and a thirst to prove yourself… But where to put you?"
"Slytherin!"I had printed sticker badges from each house and we put them on their robes. I also had printed class schedules for each house to rotate to. This way we could have each class (activity) going on simultaneously, since we had over 30 kids there. We also had 4 older kids get to be prefects and they got a prefect badge. Of course, the birthday child was the Head Boy. One thing though was nobody really wanted to be in Slytherin, but it worked out ok.
Class Schedules and Badges. Also shown is the potion recipe card each child took home.
Next we moved on to Classes:The first class was done all together.POTIONS: My brother-in-law was dressed as Snape. We had a cauldron and we made homemade root beer. I took the root beer extract, and all the other ingredients and replaced the labels. The Root beer extract was Basilik Venom, The Dry Ice was Frozen Dragon’s Breath, the water was Phoenix Tears, and the sugar was Crushed Horn of Unicorn. Snape read the recipe card and told them how to make the potion, as he made them. The kids loved it when he added the dry ice for the cool effect it made. Each child got their own potion card to take home. The recipe was for Felix Felicis, the lucky potion. This was what the kids would drink later.
TRANSFIGURATION: - My mom was dressed as Prof. McGonagall – She taught each student a few spells that she made up and had them practice turning into the animals she called out as she pointed her wand at them. It is kinda of like charades and the kids love pretending to be different things. MAGICAL CREATURES – My dad who is 6’ 5”, was dressed as Hagrid. My mom, who is a science teacher, taught me how to make homemade slime using borax and some other things. I bought miniature silver pewter dragons off eBay and put them in the slime, inside a plastic Easter egg. The kids we taught how to take care of a baby dragon before trying to hatch one from their own egg. Each kid got to keep the egg, slime, and dragon. CHARMS - In this class we played music and the kids got to dance around. When I pointed my wand at them and said, “Immobulus” They had to freeze in whatever position they were in. It was real funny. BROOM TRAINING – My sister was dressed as Prof. Hooch. I had 2 witches brooms from Halloween. After teaching them how to mount their brooms and how the game is played, the kids had relay races on the brooms. DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS – All the kids came together and we had a piñata that I bought on clearance after Halloween. It was a large ghost with flowing streamers. We said it was a dementor. We played scary music from the movie while the kids got to break open the piñata.
PRESENTS: After this we opened presents.
THE GRAND FEAST:SNITCH CAKE-My mother-in-law made a giant snitch cake for display (this was the family cake since his actual birthday was the next day) and snitch cupcakes for each child. She used a soccer ball cake pan. It was decorated in gold frosting and I ordered gold decorating flakes online and we sprinkled it over the cake and cupcakes. My mom made snitch wings from transparency paper and we cut them and taped them onto toothpicks and inserted them into each cupcake and the main cake. It turned out so cool. BERTIE BOTT'S BEANS – I bought gourmet jelly beans and put them in little plastic bags .I made label toppers that said Bertie Bott’s Bean’s and stapled them across the top. They turned out so cute. CHOCOLATE FROGS- I bought a frog mold online and melted chocolate chips into the molds. I bought gold foil and wrapped each frog. I printed trading card with the characters on them, just like the real trading cards, to go with each frog.FELIX FELICIS: Homemade root beer made during potions.
ICE CREAM CUPS- Easy and less mess.GIFT BAGS: Since his birthday is only a few months later, I buy lots of Candy on clearance from Halloween too to fill the piñata and gift bags too. It works great as long as it regular candy, like skittles, smarties, suckers, etc., not chocolate. I buy that right before the party. But since it was a Harry Potter party, I used some cool Halloween candy and if fit right in.
OWL REPORT THANK YOU CARD - I made an Ordinary Wizarding Levels report card for each student. Of course, each student got an "Outstanding" This was the thank you card. At the bottom it said that you for coming to my party and for the wonderful gift. Sincerely, Birthday Kids Name, Head Boy. My son signed them all beforehand.
WHAT THE KIDS TOOK HOME: Wand, robe with house badge, class schedule, potion recipe, dragon egg with slime, Bertie Bott’s Beans, Chocolate Frog with trading card, snitch cupacake(if they didn’t eat it), bag of candy from piñata, goody bag, and OWL report card.
If you need something else while waiting for the parents play MOANING MYRTLE: Blind fold one kid. Everyone else cries and moans. Blindfolded person find them and the guesses who it is.
The was one of the funnest parties ever. It really went off without a hitch. My sons friends still talk about how fun it was.