If you’re in love with Harry Potter, whether it’s the books or the movies and you have friends who feel the same way about the series, you might want to throw a party to celebrate your favorite little wizard. I personally am not that big of fan. I’d be throwing a James Cameron / The Terminator and T2 / Aliens / Titanic party. But here are some things I would want to have fan party.
Get the right mood
You can’t have a party for Harry Potter without dim lighting, and dark corners.
Keep light in the room dim. Most light dials on walls can increase or decrease the intensity of lights.
If you can, get a crystal ball, a big light or anything else that might reflect light. Cut holes in a sheet of black paper or paper mache to look like bats. Cover that light source. If the source moves, you should have flying bats.
Dress the room to impress
You can’t have a party for Harry Potter with white walls, plants sitting against the walls or hanging from the ceiling.
Instead of going over your walls with new paint, I suggest finding the darkest shade of brown paper, and taping it to the walls like wallpaper. This might add the right dark but natural feeling of the wood in Hogwart’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.
You want to make the illusion that your guest(s) are actually in the books or movies.
You can’t have a party for Harry Potter without giving it the right culinary touch.
I suggest you pick up some Halloween-style serving trays from your local outlet store. You know, those plastic trays fashioned to look like bats or pumpkins.
Then go to the store, buy some cookie dough, buy some cookie cutters made to look like bats or witches. Cut some cookies, throw them in the oven, and wait.
If you aren’t satisfied with your culinary contribution to this party, ask your guests to make and bring their own Harry Potter-style treats for everyone to share.
Costumes make it work
This wouldn’t be a Harry Potter party without everyone attending looking their Harry Potter / wizards and witches best.
If your guests haven’t already made Harry Potter-style costumes, let them know that they can make them or buy them online.
What do you need to make them? Scissors, black cloth, needles and thread. The Harry Potter characters in the movies are wearing robes. You can spend a lot of time and money finding the materials to make a Dumbledore-style robe, but the party might be over by the time you or your guests are done making this elaborate thing.
The best, easiest way to get a Harry Potter costume is by buying it online. There are sizes for men, women, and children. You can’t go to Amazon.com and expect them to have what you want, but research it – like I had to research the Halloween costume ideas in one of my other articles.
A book reading or movie showing makes all the difference
Play one of the Harry Potter movies for your guests. Sit and read one of the Harry Potter books for them. These people came to your party to celebrate Harry Potter. They’re not at your party to celebrate your decor, food you put out for them or the costumes everyone is wearing, but the books and or the movies that made this all possible.
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