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100+ Harry Potter Party Ideas: How to Craft an Epic DIY Party

If you’re looking for the most epic and original Harry Potter party ideas, you’re in the right place!

A friend recently threw a Diagon Alley escape room party for her daughter, and there were so many upcycled ideas in here that I just had to share them with you all!

There are so many ideas packed into this article, from decorations to games, food to party favors.

Most of them can be made from upcycling things you’d already have, as parties don’t need to cost the Earth to be fun!

This party was a Harry Potter escape room theme, but all the ideas can be adapted to be regular games or activities if you don’t want to do the escape room theme.

Use some of these ideas if you’re throwing your own Harry Potter party, and you’re guaranteed to have so much fun!

Invitation Ideas

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One of the best ways to invite people to a Harry Potter party is to send out Hogwarts acceptance letters. You can use the same wording from the book, or you can adapt it to suit your party idea.

With this particular party being an escape room theme, the idea is that the children needed to visit Diagon Alley to get all of their Hogwarts school supplies from the list.

Each item could be found in one of the ‘shops’ (all set up on tables) inside Diagon Alley (a large marquee!)

If you would rather skip the escape room theme, you can still use a Hogwarts acceptance letter and encourage guests to come as their favorite character.

Set The Scene – Party Decor

Whether you’re throwing a first birthday party from your living room or want to turn your local village hall into Harry Potter World, you’ll need some magical decorations to transform your space.

The Leaky Cauldron Entrance

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Do you remember in the film, when Harry first visits the Leaky Cauldron? Hagrid used his umbrella to tap on certain bricks, which open up to reveal the magical village.

This is a great idea as an entrance to your Harry Potter party. Use an old sheet, sponge, and paints to create the brick effect, and then print off a Leaky Cauldron sign and some wanted posters.

Because this entrance was part of an ‘escape room’ party, the guests had to figure out which brick they needed to tap to enter.

You might spot the framed picture (a copy of the brick wall). The guests had to spot the superimposed snake in the framed picture and press the brick where the snake’s head was pointing.

Platform 9 & 3/4 Entrance

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This is a classic entrance into a Harry Potter party, and it’s just as simple as the Leaky Cauldron entrance to make.

You can either buy a hanging brick wall backdrop like this one or use a giant tablecloth or bedsheet to stamp ‘bricks’ onto, using a sponge and red paint.

Either way, accessorize the wall with cardboard boxes, brooms, and any other old-looking travel accessories, use brown paper to wrap up random objects, and it’ll look like the real Platform 9 & 3/4 in no time!

DIY Shop Fronts

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This shopfront is surprisingly easy to make, upcycled from an old cardboard box! You can make any shopfronts from Diagon Alley or Hogwarts itself using cardboard.

This Olivanders shop front was crafted using a few pieces of cardboard.

Start with the two towers on either side, cutting out a couple of semi-circle shapes to glue inside to help keep the tower shape.

Then, glue a large piece of cardboard to one of the towers so that it can open from the middle.

The turrets were made using A3 blackcard and then glued to the top of each tower. For the windows, a printed picture of wands stacked inside Ollivadners was laminated to make it look like they were behind glass. Finally, a cardboard window frame was added.

DIY Wizarding Books

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This is a simple way to decorate your space. Print off old book covers, or make your own and cover your hardback books with them.

You could even use Harry Potter Books as props to decorate your party.

If you’re looking for other fun things to do to upcycle books , you can read my post here.

Other HP Party Decor Ideas

Harry Potter Party Games

As this was an escape room party, most of these games are puzzle-based, but I’ve also included plenty of other suggestions too!

The idea behind the party is that each guest needs to collect all their items from Diagon Alley, but there are no shopkeepers around, so they need to solve the clue in each shop to release or get their item.

Break Into Gringotts

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In Gringotts, the children need to retrieve their money from the vault. This is a fun and easy challenge!

Place chocolate coins inside little jute bags, and print off a Gringotts emblem to stick on the bag. Then lock them away inside a clear safe.

Keep some of the chocolate coins back to scatter around ‘Gringott’s, and put a single-digit number on the back of three coins. Hide these coins around the setup. You could put one in the jewelry box and a couple in the stack of coins.

When the kids find the numbers, they can try out the different combinations until the box opens!

To make this bank look more like Gringotss, you could make a miniature bank to sit on the table.

This is really fun to make! Use coffee table legs or just regular pieces of wood, and cardboard to make this mini-model.

Cut out two semi-circles and a rectangular strip to make the cardboard section, then use the hot glue gun to put it all together. Spray paint the cardboard to give it a stone-like effect.

You can hand write Gringotts or print it off and stick it on.

Get a Wand from Ollivanders

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At Ollivanders, the children have to figure out which wand belongs to them. If their eyes are sharp enough, they’ll soon spot that the bar code on the ends of boxes is actually each of their date of birth!

The wands, wandboxes and Olivanders shop front are a lot of fun to make!

How to make Magic Wands

Make magic wands from garden canes, hot glue, stones, and paint. Cut each garden cane to around 10 inches and whittle the end.

Use hot glue to add detail to each of the wands and add interesting-looking stones or rocks to the tops of them.

You can leave some of the wands unpainted and paint others brown, black, or white.

Another popular way to make wands is to use chopsticks and hot glue to create interesting patterns and shapes.

The boxes are simple but time-consuming to make! Draw out the shape on A3 black card, and use a pen knife to score the edges making them easy to fold.

Use some red fabric to make the inside of the boxes. The insides of the wand boxes in the pictures were actually upcycled from an old red velvet dress.

Get A House Tie from Madam Malkins

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Madam Malkins was one of the more difficult challenges, the children have to spot the sign from the book which read:

‘Hold out your arm. That’s it’. He measured Harry from shoulder to finger, then wrist to elbow, knee to armpit and round his head.

There was a doll, and a tape measure hanging from the clothes rack. They had to connect all those ideas and measure the doll in the ways that the sign mentioned. They could then unlock the padlock that was holding all their ties.

This challenge is pretty easy to make and set up. Use some curtains or red fabric as the backdrop and print off a sign saying Madam Malkins.

The dolls little robe and hat were made from the left-over material that was used for the wand boxes.

How to Make House Ties

The house ties are another time-consuming craft but cheap craft. They were super simple to make; it just took a long time to make 20 of them!

Cut a tie-shaped template out of the card and draw around the template onto red and green ties. It just so happened that all the guests of this party were either Gryffindor or Slytherin but you could make Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw ties too!

Once the ties are all marked out, cut them out and add stripes of felt to each tie using the hot glue gun. Then, attach elastic to each tie so the kids can wear them around their necks for the upcoming game of quidditch!

Choose an Owl From The Emporium

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You can buy these really cute owls wholesale so they don’t end up costing more than a few dollars each.

If you can’t find plush owls like this you could use white ballons and markers to make your own cheap owls.

Alternatively, make your own upcycled owl!

You can’t see the keys brilliantly in this picture, but there are keys with wings glued onto them, and the children need to find the correct key to free their owl.

Potions Class

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If you’re looking for Harry Potter party ideas for younger children, letting them make their own potion in upcycled bottles will be a whole lot of fun.

Older kids will really love more of a challenge though! As you can see from the photo, the children had some potion ingredients, a spell book and a cauldron.

The ingredients matched one of the spells, so once they realized which spell they needed to make, they could get to work.

When they added the last ingredient, the key to unlock the box falls out and they can retrieve their potion bottles.

You could also try and replicate some other Hogwarts classes, such as herbology (planting flowers) and Mythological Creatures (designing their own fantasy creatures).

All of the older kids managed to escape Diagon Alley within the hour, but the younger children needed quite a lot of support! I’d say this escape room is best suited to children aged eight and above.

After escaping Diagon Alley through Platform 9 & 3/4, they walked out of the other side of the marquee onto a Quidditch pitch, so of course, they needed to have a game!

Quidditch

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Nothing screams Harry Potter party more than a game of quidditch!

This is really simple to set up. You’ll need six hoops (two large and four smaller). Spray them black and gold and attach them to a broom handle. You can use these as the goals for either side of the quidditch pitch.

This pitch was marked out using dry grass, but you could mark it out with chalk or spray paint if the grass is shorter.

Split the guests into house groups (you could use house ties to split the teams up).

Each team will need:

  • Two bludgers (two people who run around tagging the other team – once you’ve been tugged, sit down and count to ten before you can join in again!)
  • A seeker, who is searching for the snitch (in this game, the snitch was a ping pong ball wrapped in gold foil, hidden someone on the quidditch pitch).
  • The rest of the players throw the ‘quaffle’ (a football/basketball) to try and score points (5 points for the large hoops, 10 points for the smaller hoops!)

Other Games

There are so many games that you can play for a Harry Potter party, I feel that I could throw a HP party for my kids every year and never run out of ideas! Here are a few more:

Harry Potter Party Ideas – Favors

Make little favor bags and leave them in your entryway so you don’t forget to hand them out as guests leave.

If you choose to play the games from the escape room above, your guests will have plenty of favors; a wand, broomstick, house tie, Gringotts coins, and quills.

You could also use any of the following as favors too:

Harry Party Party Ideas for Food

For the ultimate Harry Potter banquet, serve Harry Potter-themed food in the Great Hall!

Before everyone tucks into their food, use a sorting hat to sort each guest into their Hogwarts house. A great way to do this is to find out beforehand from parents, which house their kids want to be in!

Then serve them a sorting hat cookie or hat cupcakes with their house color inside.

I love this simple picnic style set up Harry Potter Banquet. You could use full size tables and chairs, but the house color cushions and low tables give a really cozy feel!

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Use some of these food ideas to create a banquet fit for witches and wizards!

Savoury Food

Sweet Treats

Drinks

One Last Party Idea – Make It A Sleepover!

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What better way to end an epic Harry Potter party than to have a sleepover in the Gryffindor common room? This setup was inside a bell tent. Put on a Harry Potter film, tuck into some leftover snacks, and wrap up the party with a magical sleepover.

I hope you and your Harry Potter fans love these awesome themed party ideas and that you have lots of great ideas for your own Harry Potter birthday party.

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Have you held a Harry Potter Party? Do you have some fab ideas to share? Leave a comment below.

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