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Are you heading out to see the last Harry Potter movie — Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 — this weekend? It’s kind of sad, isn’t it? Even though I’ve already read the last book and I know exactly what happens (!!!!), this is really the end of an era. I’ve been reading the books since high school and here I am, a mother, and the last movie is about to come out.

Is anyone going one step further and having a giant Harry Potter party? It’s not only a fun idea for the last Harry Potter movie, but for a kids birthday party in general. Here are 10 of our favorite ideas for getting in the Harry Potter festivities — beyond Butterbeer and magic wands:


  • Hogwarts Thank You 1 of 10
    Hogwarts Thank You
    And then when the party is over, print out this Hogwarts Report Card to say thanks! (Only $5.50.)
  • Walk Through the Wall 2 of 10
    Walk Through the Wall
    These parents took a blue sheet from Goodwill and drew on bricks with a Sharpie. Then they (unevenly) spray painted the sheet red to make it look like bricks.
  • Quiddich Match 3 of 10
    Quiddich Match
    If there are kids around, set up a Quiddich match! Just don't forget the broomsticks.
  • Quiddich Treat Bags 4 of 10
    Quiddich Treat Bags
    These treat-filled broomsticks are made with pretzel rods and golden ribbon.
  • Golden Snitches 5 of 10
    Golden Snitches
    These are actually red velvet cake pops, made to look like snitches. See below for a DIY tutorial.
  • DIY Sorting Hat 6 of 10
    DIY Sorting Hat
    This mom glued crumpled pieces of a brown paper bag onto a witch's hat, and then put the speaker-end of a baby monitor inside of the hat. Then Dad went into the basement with the other end of the monitor and pretended to be the Sorting Hat. Brilliant!
  • Movie Ticket Invites 7 of 10
    Movie Ticket Invites
    If you'll all be heading out to the movie during the party, send out these movie ticket invites that you can quickly print for only $9.
  • Color Changing Drinks 8 of 10
    Color Changing Drinks
    "Hostess with the Mostess" lives up to her name with this idea: Drop a few drops of food coloring in a plastic cup, let it dry, and then cover the food coloring with ice. Then pour in a clear drink and watch the color "magically" change.
  • Cauldron Goodie Bags 9 of 10
    Cauldron Goodie Bags
    Another cute idea: Fill mini cauldrons (if you can find them) with creepy crawly gummies and other treats.
  • Potion Centerpieces 10 of 10
    Potion Centerpieces
    Fill up cheap IKEA jars with "magical" ingredients like Bloodworms (spaghetti and marinara) and Bat Eyes (beans).

Slides 1, 7 and 8: Martha Shmartha

Slides 2, 3, 4 and 6: Hostess with the Mostess

Slide 5: Diamonds for Dessert (including more photos for the Golden Snitches)

Slide 9: Etsy

Slide 10: Etsy

Find fun Harry Potter food ideas over at Family Kitchen — including a Hedwig Owl Cake, Licorice Wands + Cockroach Clusters, and Butterbeer.

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