Our daughter was turning 11 and she enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books so we decided on a Harry Potter Day at Hogwarts party. I typed up the invitations to look like acceptance letters to Hogwarts. I asked the parents to leave the envelopes on the children's beds & tell them they were delivered by owl. I split the children into houses and had them attend Transfigurations & Potions classes before we had our banquet in the Grand Hall, played a Quidditch match, then ended with a trip to Honey Duke's. I hung signs on the doors of the various rooms we used as well as a Platform 9 3/4 sign on the front door.
Auntie Shell as Mogonagal & Brianna as Mrs. Norris
Harry Potter cake and homemade candies from their trip to Honeyduke's- acid pops (blow pops dipped in pop rocks), chocolate frogs, cockroach clusters (chocolate nut clusters) as well as Bertie Botts, gummi rats, giant pixie sticks, lemon drops, bubble gum & sour worms
Activities / Games
We started with the Sorting Hat, then did Transfigurations class (charades), Potions class (we made lava lamps with water, oil & food coloring), Quidditch outside, & Moaning Myrtle (Marco Polo w/o water)
When Madison started transfigurations- she pulled a slip & asked what to do. Our Mogonagal stand-in (my sister) told her to turn into what was on the paper. Madison turned white as a sheet & said "I don't know how!!!" My sister then told her to pretend, act it out. Poor Madison looked so relieved!
What People Ate
Bat wings (chicken wings), parchment scrolls (taquitos), Hagrid's hash (potato salad), dragon links (hot dogs)
What People Drank
Butter beer ( I found a recipe online consisting of cream soda and butterscotch syrup) and juice
Watching the kids run right past the Golden Snitch several times without ever seeing it