The Potter Party!
Welcome all witches, wizards, muggles and elves – you’re all welcome here! I’m fully embracing my love of Harry Potter in this post, and if you’ve been following me on social media, you may be aware that I recently put together a Harry Potter Party. And let’s put this disclaimer out there now: we went to town. (Some may say OTT. I would say giving HP the justice it deserves.) All quotations below are by J.K. Rowling. See if you can guess which book I’ve found them all from!
P.S. Behind the Scenes now available! (Click here!)
Welcome to Hogwarts…!
How better to welcome the guests than to send them on a wild ‘spider’ chase. This time though, we didn’t have Hagrid’s friendly words of advice. That said, there were still a couple of people who didn’t read the sign..and rang the doorbell regardless.
I’ve seen so many Potter Parties on Pinterest that include a 9&3/4 wall, and it felt wrong to not include one. Although this meant changing the layout of our house a little (more like thinking outside the box) I’m really happy with how it worked.
First things first, the Sorting…right?
If the guests already knew their house – then there was a felt tie waiting for them, easily pinned on with a safety pin. If not, the Sorting station was set up to allow people to make a Pottermore account and find out their Hogwarts house! There was a lot of House pride, but it made it more special. (Proud Ravenclaw over here, too!)
“Harry had never even imagined such a strange and splendid place. It was lit by thousands and thousands of candles which were floating in mid-air over four long tables, where the rest of the students were sitting.”
“Something came whizzing down the kitchen chimney as he spoke and caught him sharply on the back of the head. Next moment, thirty or forty letters came pelting out of the fireplace like bullets.”
The decorations extended all round the house…but you have to go to town with these things, don’t you? Fortunately, Umbridge was nowhere to be seen – otherwise her ruler may have needed to come out.
“They’re not birds! They’re keys!”
The Fantastic Feast
Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!
We laid out the food as if it were a banquet, underneath the House banners. Also, we had bright coloured paper plates for each of the house colours, which just added another splash of colour to the place.
I also had a lot of fun in creating ‘magical’ names for seemingly ordinary food. When we came up with this idea, it just couldn’t be passed up! Who would mind eating sandwiches when you could imagine being a part of McGonagall’s giant chess game!
I’ll admit, I’m probably the most proud of the next couple. The cauldron cakes (above), were inspired by this recipe from Pastry Affair, and I’m so pleased with how they turned out. Who knew that turning a cupcake upside down could make such a simple cauldron? I adapted it slightly to make it more English – but even so, they looked a treat.
The mandrake cupcakes were by far the most popular. Although they look slightly creepy, they were a treat – and apparently eating a cupcake with a spoon is a big novelty!
“The cry of the Mandrake is fatal to anyone who hears it.“
“Anyway — Harry, a very happy birthday to yeh. Got summat fer yeh here — I mighta sat on it at some point, but it’ll taste all right.“
Just this time, I substituted ‘Harree’ for Rootie. The cake was rather delicious though (even if I did cheat and enlist Betty Crocker’s help!)
The other sweet addition to the table was this banoffee pie. This is something that’s pretty famous in our household, and my mum is a star at making them!
“Why don’t we go and have a butterbeer in the Three Broomsticks, it’s a bit cold, isn’t it?“
(The week after the snow hit Britain, this was a welcome treat.)
Our version was a little different, but the reactions were amazing! It was well worth the experimenting that we did before hand, in order to come up with a simple, but tasty recipe.
For those who weren’t a fan, we also ‘re-labeled’ some more ordinary drinks…
Let’s take a trip to Honeydukes..!
“There were shelves upon shelves of the most succulent-looking sweets imaginable.”
” ‘It’s this sweetshop’ said Ron, a dreamy look coming over his face, ‘where they’ve got everything …’ “
Isn’t this just the perfect way to complete the party? It was well loved, and just added that extra bit of magic.
For those of us who are Harry Potter fans, this was a dream to make, and a joy to see come to life! I hope you’ve enjoyed our trip through the Wizarding World, DIY style, and hopefully you’ll join me again soon to see some of the ‘behind the scenes’ of this Potter Party!
Han (a proud Ravenclaw) x
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