Harry Potter Birthday Party
For a Harry Potter birthday party, you need: some friends who will act the parts, some kind of costumes and props- but they can be mostly home-made, imagination and a sense a fun.
1st The sorting hat will assign a house by having tokens of the 4 houses in a bag and picking it randomly.
2- Mr Olivander will find your true wand
3- You will have potion lessons with Snape, and mix a licorice-like hair of Hagrid with other magic ingredients to see if you can turn into Hagrid
4- While one group is having potion lessons, the other group is having a quiditch lesson, first you learn to fly on broomsticks, then you practice with balloons and finally you catch the golden snitch or anyone dressed like one.
5- One group has spells lesson and practice on each other- no forbidden spell of course; while the other one has herbology lesson and find that throwning bindweed at someone makes them paralysed for 20 seconds if it sticks.
6- Snape checks if you can turn into Hagrid- or as tall as him anyway.
6- But them the one not to be named may arrive and tell you that he hid 4 horcruxes in the woods and each house must try to catch them and collect most. Each house starts with a base and one horcrux with 2 people to guard it and 2 people to go a steal the others. Once you are in someone else’s base you can’t leave with the horcrux so you have to throw it at your partner in crime.
You need to be brave, and fast, and remember your spells
7- Finally when all is well in the world again, you celebrate with a Dumbledore cake.
PS: My god-daughter has a theme for every birthday party. So far we’ve had Mermaids, Pirates, Doctor Who, Beano and I’m forgetting a few. I’ve been photographing her birthday parties since she was three and not only can I say that I am a better photographer 7 years on, but it’s lovely to see her and her bunch of friends grow up. At the end, they dug the old birthday party albums out to have a look at themselves younger. See one here