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Throw the ultimate Harry Potter-themed party with these magical ideas. You’ll find recipes, crafts, decor, and games that will help you plan the best party ever!
Harry Potter has become a hugely popular classic movie and theme that will never go out of style. The first book was published in 1997 and the last movie was released in 2011.
Now, more than six years later, the popularity and relevance of this franchise hasn’t dimmed at all! As more generations of children are introduced to these characters and stories, interest will be renewed time and again, perhaps forever.
The wonderful thing about Harry Potter is that the books and movies are so great, fans young and old all love the series. I know I do!
I think just about everyone knows at least one huge Harry Potter fan, who might appreciate a Harry Potter themed party for their birthday, a holiday, or another celebration.
If nothing else, you can celebrate Harry Potter’s birthday every year (it’s July 31st). As Hagrid would say, “Happee Birthdae, Harry!”
There are so many HP tips, tricks, and ideas out there, but only one Ultimate List of Harry Potter Party Ideas – right here. If you want to put on the best Harry Potter Party, keep reading this list of 55 Magical Harry Potter Party Ideas to Help You Throw the Best HP Party Ever!
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THE Ultimate List of Harry Potter Party Ideas – Decorations, Party Favors + More!
Harry Potter Party Favors
PARTY INVITATIONS [FREE PRINTABLE]
Be sure to use a realistic-looking template, so your guests know this is a real Hogwarts party.
If you can hand deliver your invitations, here is a super creative way to do it – send them by Owl Post!
Make your invitations look like they came straight from Hogwarts with this official seal.
HARRY POTTER GLASSES
With these inexpensive, realistic HP glasses, you can treat all your guests with a pair, so they can be just like their young hero.
EASY DIY WANDS
These awesome-looking wizarding wands are deceptively easy to make! Just use a glue gun to make all the cool design effects, and use acrylic paint (the cheapest you can find is fine) to get the color just right.
GUIDE TO WAND MOTIONS
Print off this handy guide for all your Witches + Wizards to take home, so they can master their motions with their new wands.
SPELL BOOK [FREE PRINTABLES]
This spell book is 14 pages long. Since that can add up to a lot of pages to print, you can make just one master spell book for the whole group to study and share.
DIY FELT TIES
Make your wizards and witches feel like real Hogwarts students with these cheap and super easy-to-make felt ties complete with metal clip to hook the tie onto their shirts.
PARTY FAVOR BAGS
Give your guests these super cute bags to help them carry all their goodies home!
Harry Potter Party Decorations
These wall banners feature popular Harry Potter sayings reminding your wizarding group to mind their manners.
SIGNS FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD [FREE PRINTABLES]
These free printables are part of a collection of 15 free Harry Potter printable files offered at the link below. Simply print them out, and hang them on the walls to make your little wizards feel right at home.
THE GREAT HALL
POTION JAR CENTERPIECES
Potions is one of the most popular classes at Hogwarts, so you’ll want to make sure you have plenty of Hippogriff Gizzards, Gillyweed, and Bat Eyes on hand.
BOOK COVERS [FREE PRINTABLES]
Try as they might, your Hogwarts students won’t learn any cool spells without cracking open a few books first.
MINISTRY OF MAGIC DECAL
You’ll need this creative decal directing your wizards and witches to the Ministry of Magic.
DIY Dementor + Patronus
You may have these decorations lying around your house already! Fashion a realistic, scary flying Dementor from a Halloween skeleton covered in thin, black cloth. This Patronus is just a common Christmas decoration!
Harry Potter Party Games + Activities
EASY DIY QUIDDITCH BUTTERBEER PONG
With its resemblance to a beer pong table, is this game appropriate for kids?? I think so. With Butterbeer in hand, kiddos and adults alike will love to play this super fun game complete with its own Golden Snitch pong ball!
If it’s nice out, take your Quidditch game outside either with the DIY table above or this simple DIY game idea fashioned from small hula hoops and tomato stakes.
Check out this cool photo booth idea complete with a DIY “Wanted Wizard” photo prop and posters on the wall. If you’ll have little ladies at your party, please make sure to make a photo prop for witches, too, like this template.
Take photos while wizards and witches play dress up with these cool props, including Professor Moody’s eye patch!
MORE PHOTO BOOTH PROPS
Download and print these fun photo booth props, so your guests can pretend to be their favorite HP characters.
Why are these cute shirts in the activities section? Because you can actually make these shirts at the party!
Not into DIY? You can buy this super-cool Harry Potter themed birthday shirt on Etsy! I am totally getting this t-shirt for my next birthday.
PIN THE SCAR GAME
Another fun activity is this Harry Potter version of the classic pin the tail on the donkey game. HP Bonus: Use a Gryffindor scarf as a blindfold for extra Harry Potter fun!
ORIGAMI SORTING HAT [FREE PRINTABLE]
Are you brave and bold like a Gryffindor, trustworthy and loyal like a Hufflepuff, clever and wise like a Ravenclaw, or cunning and ambitious like a Slytherin? Find out with this Origami Sorting Hat!
DIY SORTING HAT + QUIZ
PINATAS FILLED WITH CANDY
Buy a cool HP Piñata and fill it with loads of candy for a smashing good time (see what I did there?).
Teach your students how to make an exploding bubbly potion (using baking soda, vinegar, and dish soap – so fun, right??). This link also has more fun Hogwarts class ideas.
Harry Potter Themed Drinks
In this list, I’m featuring only non-alcoholic HP drinks. For adults-only offerings, check out my list of Harry Potter Cocktails to help you kick your party up a notch – including a great Harry Potter Drinking Game to enjoy while you watch the movies!
BEST BUTTERBEER RECIPE EVER
This recipe is just like the world-famous butterbeer you’ll get at Three Broomsticks!
BUTTERBEER JELLY SHOTS [KID-FRIENDLY, OF COURSE!]
Check out these awesome non-alcoholic jelly shots!
This recipe is for an adult version, but has instructions for making them kid-friendly with the addition of cream soda and caramel sauce.
PRO TIP: The sugar dissolves quickly once applied to the jelly shots. Make these Butterbeer “shots” even more fun and interactive for your guests by letting them dip their own!
MAGIC COLOR CHANGING DRINKS
Party-goers will wonder in amazement how their drinks could magically change into such vibrant hues right before their eyes!
Sadly, this Polyjuice Potion won’t help you to assume the appearance of another person (I know, I know, I’m just no fun), but your guests will still appreciate the magical look of this cool, bubbly, neon green concoction.
Just combine sherbet, Sprite, and neon green food coloring to make this magical potion your witches and wizards are sure to love!
Pumpkin juice is extremely popular in the wizarding world. Make this drink more palatable by substituting a tastier juice of the same color, such as V8 Splash mango peach flavor.
FILIUS FLITWICK’S CHARMED CHERRY SODA
Professor Flitwick’s drink of choice is cherry syrup and soda with ice and an umbrella.
Here is a simple and fresh cherry syrup recipe that can be paired with your choice of setzer soda water, club soda, or cream soda for a sweeter drink, complete with a tutorial to make your own paper feather straw!
Remember, it’s swish and flick!
FELIX FELICIS [LIQUID LUCK]
This refreshing drink is made with sweet and tart lemonade and white grape juice with a glimmering gold sugar rim.
Harry Potter Party Snacks + Sweet Treats
MAKE A MINI VERSION OF HONEYDUKES
Display Harry Potter themed candies like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, Licorice Wands, Drooble’s Best Blowing Gum, and Honeydukes Sweet Crystals to take your guests to Honeydukes, possibly the greatest candy store in any world!
For help recreating Honeydukes, check out these free printable banner and candy labels.
No one can resist this spread! To make caramel apples like those shown here, check out this recipe.
Use electric tea lights to safely light up your table and achieve that warm Hogwarts ambiance.
With some chocolate and an inexpensive frog mold, you can quickly and easily make some Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs of your own!
Make your chocolate frogs even more authentic with this neat free printable Honeydukes Chocolate Frog Box.
Ferrero Rocher chocolate candies make the perfect Golden Snitches! Just cut and glue little paper wings onto these delicious chocolate hazelnut candies, and you have a creative, quick, and easy party snack idea!
Make these tasty chocolate wands by dipping stick pretzels in chocolate and covering the tips in rainbow sprinkles.
This tasty sweet and salty treat contains all the Gryffindor colors to help you celebrate Harry and the birthday boy or girl in your life!
HONEYDUKES SPECIAL WIZARD’S TREAT MIX
Honeydukes definitely knows how to make great sweet treats, and this party mix is no exception.
Just take some Honey Nut Chex Mix and add your favorite candy, such as burgundy and yellow M&M’s, novelty gummy candies like frogs and worms, and any other “Honeydukes” candies your wizarding friends might like!
Who doesn’t love fudge? Now, one of your favorite sweet treats gets a Harry Potter makeover with this decadent Butterbeer fudge recipe!
Your favorite cut-out cookie recipe will be all the more sweeter with these awesome Harry Potter cookie cutters! More designs are available.
HAPPEE BIRTHDAE, HARRY!
Who could forget Harry’s lousy home life with the Dursleys and Hagrid’s sweet birthday cake for Harry – complete with cute misspellings?
I especially love this cake because it showed Harry that his life was about to change and that people would finally care about him again. Now, you can make your own Hagrid cake with this recipe!
These incredibly simple yet super creative Butterbeer cupcakes are light and fluffy and so delicious with sweet toffee bits inside. Once baked, they are dipped in a rich butterscotch sauce and finished with a whipped Butterbeer frosting and lightning bolt sprinkles!
This idea makes House Sorting a little more random, but still super fun! Just bake regular cupcakes and add colored cream filling inside – red for Gryffindor, blue for Ravenclaw, yellow for Hufflepuff, and green for Slytherin.
HARRY POTTER GLASSES CUPCAKES
These cool glasses are simply cut from pre-made fondant!
BUTTERBEER ICE CREAM
What’s a birthday party without ice cream?! This homemade no-churn ice cream recipe fulfills our ice cream requirement while staying true to our Harry Potter party theme!
Amazing HP Cakes
I wanted this post to feature the best Harry Potter Party ideas that were easily attainable for the average family – I want to give you useful tips! However, in this section, I would like to show you a couple amazing things I found that I thought you might like to see.
HARRY POTTER CAKE
I absolutely LOVE this cake, and I’m sure any Harry Potter fan would love to have it at their party, as well. However, I can’t imagine too many people would be able to make it themselves (I know I couldn’t!!). Obviously, this cake was made by a seriously talented professional.
From Pretty My Party
SORTING HAT CAKE
This cake looks a little easier than the one above, but, of course, it would still take an extremely skilled baker to achieve this realistic look!
From Chica and Jo
HP WEDDING CAKE
This amazing Harry Potter wedding cake would make any super fan’s wedding dreams come true!
Found on Pinterest
I hope these Fun + Creative Harry Potter Party Ideas help you throw an epic Harry Potter party for your Harry Potter mega fan!
What do you think of these Harry Potter Party Ideas? Please share your thoughts in the comments, and if you host a Harry Potter party, come back and share your pictures – I would love to see them!
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