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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!

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

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!  

 

For more Harry Potter Party inspiration, check out the following:

25+ Magical + Affordable Harry Potter Gift Ideas

30 Best Ever Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipes

30 Harry Potter Cocktails + Super Fun Drinking Games for Your Big Kid HP Party

 

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Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

 

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.

Get the free printable.

Harry Potter Party Theme Ideas

 

If you can hand deliver your invitations, here is a super creative way to do it – send them by Owl Post!

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

Make your invitations look like they came straight from Hogwarts with this official seal.

Get it on Amazon.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Get them on Amazon.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Find it here.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.  

Get the free printable.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

PARTY FAVOR BAGS

Give your guests these super cute bags to help them carry all their goodies home!

Get them on Etsy.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

 

Harry Potter Party Decorations

 

BANNERS

These wall banners feature popular Harry Potter sayings reminding your wizarding group to mind their manners.

Get them on Etsy.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Get the free printables.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

THE GREAT HALL

Create this grand replica of Hogwarts’ Great Hall with a stone backdrop, floating candles, and House Banners.

Get the tutorial.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

BOOK COVERS [FREE PRINTABLES]

Try as they might, your Hogwarts students won’t learn any cool spells without cracking open a few books first.

Get the free printables.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

MINISTRY OF MAGIC DECAL

You’ll need this creative decal directing your wizards and witches to the Ministry of Magic.

Get it on Amazon.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

MOANING MYRTLE

If you’d like to decorate your bathroom for free, check out how this blogger made a transparency of Moaning Myrtle with just a little creativity, a transparency sheet, and a printer, of course.

Get the tutorial.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

 

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! 

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

OUTDOOR QUIDDITCH

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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

PHOTO BOOTH

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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

TRANSFIGURATION BOOTH

Take photos while wizards and witches play dress up with these cool props, including Professor Moody’s eye patch!

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

MORE PHOTO BOOTH PROPS

Download and print these fun photo booth props, so your guests can pretend to be their favorite HP characters.

Get them on Etsy.

 

 

HP SHIRTS

Why are these cute shirts in the activities section?  Because you can actually make these shirts at the party!

Get the tutorial.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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.

Get it on Etsy.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the free printable.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

DIY SORTING HAT + QUIZ

Another way to sort your party crew is by making your own sorting hat with this tutorial, or you can purchase a this pre-made sorting hat from Amazon.  

Use the hat with these sorting instructions or use this fun sorting quiz, and be sure to scroll down to the sweet treats section for yet another creative Hogwarts House Sorting idea!

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

DIY Sorting Hat from Simple Practical Beautiful + Sorting Quiz from Dimes are a Girl’s Best Friend

 

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?). 

The Golden Snitch and White Owl piñatas were my favorites, but you might find other designs you like better.

 

POTIONS CLASS

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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party 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! 

Related:  30 Best Ever Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipes

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Drinks

 

MAGIC COLOR CHANGING DRINKS

Party-goers will wonder in amazement how their drinks could magically change into such vibrant hues right before their eyes!

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

POLYJUICE POTION

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! 

Get the recipe.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

PUMPKIN JUICE

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.

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the recipe.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

FELIX FELICIS [LIQUID LUCK]

This refreshing drink is made with sweet and tart lemonade and white grape juice with a glimmering gold sugar rim.

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Cocktails

 

 

Harry Potter Party Snacks + Sweet Treats

 

MAKE A MINI VERSION OF HONEYDUKES

Display Harry Potter themed candies like Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor BeansLicorice 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.

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

No one can resist this spread!  To make caramel apples like those shown here, check out this recipe.

Get the Honeydukes tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

Use electric tea lights to safely light up your table and achieve that warm Hogwarts ambiance.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

With some chocolate and an inexpensive frog mold, you can quickly and easily make some Harry Potter Chocolate Frogs of your own! 

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

Make your chocolate frogs even more authentic with this neat free printable Honeydukes Chocolate Frog Box.

Get the tutorial.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the tutorial.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

Make these tasty chocolate wands by dipping stick pretzels in chocolate and covering the tips in rainbow sprinkles.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

GRYFFINDOR POPCORN

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!

Get the recipe.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

BUTTERBEER FUDGE

Who doesn’t love fudge?  Now, one of your favorite sweet treats gets a Harry Potter makeover with this decadent Butterbeer fudge recipe!

Get the recipe.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

HP COOKIES

Your favorite cut-out cookie recipe will be all the more sweeter with these awesome Harry Potter cookie cutters!  More designs are available.

Get them on Etsy.

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

BUTTERBEER CUPCAKES

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!

Get the recipe.

Best Halloween Cupcake Recipes

 

SORTING CUPCAKES

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.

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

HARRY POTTER GLASSES CUPCAKES

These cool glasses are simply cut from pre-made fondant!

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

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!

Get the recipe.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

 

 

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.

Harry Potter Party Ideas

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!  

55 Best Harry Potter Party Ideas

From Chica and Jo

 

HP WEDDING CAKE

This amazing Harry Potter wedding cake would make any super fan’s wedding dreams come true!

Harry Potter Party Ideas

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!

 

More Harry Potter Inspiration:

25+ Magical + Affordable Harry Potter Gift Ideas

30 Best Ever Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipes

30 Harry Potter Cocktails + Super Fun Drinking Games for Your Big Kid HP Party

 

More Halloween Party Ideas:

13 Super Cute Halloween Cupcakes for the Ultimate Not-So-Scary Party

16 Wonderfully Spooky DIY Halloween Wreaths

31 Seriously Creative Halloween Cocktails for a Killer Grown-Up Party

40 Best DIY Halloween Sweet Treats for the Ultimate Halloween Celebration

 

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

Harry Potter Party Ideas

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Comments

  1. Helpful, i really loved this ideas and HAD to use them for my 10th b’day party! thanks for the great ideas!

  2. Love all the ideas!! I‘m planning a Harry Potter Halloween and I‘m definitely hoping to use a few ideas from here. I love the cupcakes with the houses’ colours in them!

  3. Thank you soooo much for all the wonderful ideas and links!! My daughter is a HUGE Harry Potter fan and I am enjoying planning a Harry Potter themed party for her, thanks to you 🙂

  4. I really love all the ideas. They are helpful, and I am definitely throwing a Harry Potter Halloween party.

  5. Thanks for all the ideas. It’s my 10th birthday pretty soon, and I have an addiction to Harry Potter. This will be by far the best party I have ever had! I’ll let you know how it was a few days after the party. All the best, CJ.

  6. This is amazing! My daughter is having a Harry Potter themed sleepover (to celebrate all the movies coming to Netflix!) and this has given me sooo many ideas. I can’t wait for it all to come together. Thanks x

  7. Thanks! I’m throwing myself a Harry Potter birthday and this will be SO helpful. What makes it even better is that my birthday is the same as Harry’s- July 31st.

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