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Harry Potter-Inspired Party Ideas

Harry Potter fans are celebrating the fictional wizard’s birthday this week. Looking to throw your own Potter-themed party? We’ve got some fun ideas for you!


Party Invitations

via One Creative Mommy

These decorative, letter-style invites are brilliant, as Harry would say!

A few things you’ll need: white balloons, black marker or Sharpie, white ribbon, aged cardstock paper.

Party Favors & Decor

Harry Potter Ties

via East Coast Mommy

These adorable ties can be made from cardstock, and they can double as a party activity if you provide the supplies for kids to color and personalize their ties.

Here’s what you’ll need: paper cardstock, crayons, hole punch, elastic.

Treat Bags

via The Preppy Planner

These creative treat bags make great party favors to send home with each guest. You can fill them with whatever treats you can conjure.

Materials needed include: lunch-sized paper bags, scissors, gold ribbon, wizard treats (candy), pretzel rods.

Potion Jar Centerpieces

via Today.com

These magical centerpieces are a delightful, if not disgusting, feast for your party guests’ eyes!

Here’s what you’ll need: glass jars in different sizes, labels for jars, food coloring, water, a variety of odd-looking substances to serve as “magical” ingredients.

Ghosts & Dementors

via Over the Big Moon

What would a Harry Potter party be without a few terrifying dementors? Hang these throughout your party space for horrifying, but fun, effect!

Materials needed include: cheesecloth, fabric stiffener, balloons, string, invisible nylon thread.

Treats & Snacks

Cheese & Pretzel Broomsticks

via One Little Project

These cute, simple snacks will be a big hit with your young party witches and wizards!

Ingredients: cheese sticks, pretzel sticks, chives.

Butter Beer

via Parenting.com

This Harry Potter staple is a must-have for any themed party! And it’s simple to make.

Ingredients: vanilla ice cream, cream soda.

Golden Snitches

via Bite-Sized Biggies

Fun, simple, delicious — a party trifecta! Everyone will want to get their hands on these golden snitches.

Ingredients and materials needed: wrapped chocolate truffles, glue dots, paper wings.

Houses of Hogwarts Reading Guide

Harry Potter fans, you don’t need a sorting hat to find a great read at Douglas County Libraries. We’ve done the sorting for you! The only question is, which Hogwarts house do you prefer?

Gryffindor House

The most famous Gryffindor, of course, is Harry Potter. These books are for those who can’t get enough of the bravery, daring and nerve of characters like Harry.

Ravenclaw House

Intelligence, knowledge and wit are the admirable values of Ravenclaw. If those sound good to you, then you’ll love these books. Fun fact: Ignatia Wildsmith, inventor of magical fireplace-travel floo powder, is one of this house’s most famous residents.

Hufflepuff House

Hufflepuff values hard work, dedication, patience, loyalty, and fairness — themes you’ll find in these stories. Newt Scamander, the famed Magizoologist and author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, belongs to Hufflepuff house.

Slytherin House

If you can relate to the Slytherin house values, which include ambition, cunning and resourcefulness, then these are the books for you! Tom Riddle, aka “He Who Must Not Be Named” (later known as Lord Voldemort), is the sinister face of Slytherin. (But we all know how that ended.)