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29 Creative Harry Potter Party Ideas

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If you’re as obsessed with Harry Potter as we are, you may want to throw your own Harry Potter Party! There are so many great ideas out there and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites!  Which of these 29 creative Harry Potter party ideas do you like most?  We’re excited about the transfiguration photo booth and definitely want to try our hand at making the Hedwig owl cupcakes.  Don’t miss the Harry Potter unicorn blood favor idea or the potion jar centerpieces!  There is so much magic to create!

Creative Harry Potter Party Ideas


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1. Transfiguration Photo Booth :: Hostess With the Mostess

Hang a black sheet or curtain to create a backdrop for your own Harry Potter party transfiguration photo booth! Incorporate movie inspired props like wizard robes and hats, magic wands, toy owls, and brooms for guests to use for a photo op!

Butterbeer Fudge

2. Butterbeer Fudge :: Ashlee Marie

Now you can have the creamy, sweet, butterscotch goodness of Butterbeer in fudge form! This recipe only uses 3 ingredients—white chocolate chips, a jar of marshmallow cream and a jar of butterscotch topping!

Honeydukes Sweet Shop

3. Honeydukes Sweet Shop :: Sweeten Your Day Events, as seen on Spaceships and Laser Beams

Surprise guests at your Harry Potter party with a trip to Honeydukes Sweet Shop! Stock it with wizard favorites like chocolate frogs, Bernie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, licorice wands and other treats inspired by the book/movie.

DIY Brick 9 ¾ Platform Party Entry

4. DIY Brick 9 ¾ Platform Party Entry :: The Carver Crew

Make your own Platform 9 ¾ for party guests to run through! This one is created by sponging brick red paint on to a shower curtain hung from spring loaded rods!

Harry Potter Felt Tie Favors

5. Harry Potter Felt Tie Favors :: One Sweet Appetite

Everyone knows that at Hogwarts, students are sorted into one of 4 houses. Now your party guests can show off their new house assignment by wearing a Harry Potter felt tie.  They make a great favor that you can DIY using this tutorial, some felt, hot glue and a metal hair clip.

Harry Potter Fake Stone Wall Tutorial

6. Harry Potter Fake Stone Wall Tutorial :: On My Side of the Room

Transforming your party space into something that looks like Hogwarts Castle, is totally doable with this amazing Harry Potter fake stone wall tutorial. Supplies needed include old white bed sheets, Rit Dye, salt, spray paint and a vinyl stone template (or substitute).

Polyjuice Potion Punch (Non-alcoholic)

7. Polyjuice Potion Punch (Non-alcoholic) :: This Grandma is Fun

Harry Potter fans will go crazy for this non-alcoholic Polyjuice Potion Punch that looks and tastes amazing! It’s really simple to make with only two ingredients—Sprite and lime sherbert—plus green food coloring.

 Harry Potter Great Hall Dining Area

8. Harry Potter Great Hall Dining Area :: Chica and Jo

A stone wall backdrop boasting Hogwarts house flags sets the scene for an incredible Harry Potter Great Hall dining area. The best detail has to be the LED floating candles in varying heights, hung from fishing line and push pins!

Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks

9. Pretzel and Cheese Broomsticks :: One Little Project

Add these pretzel and cheese broomsticks to your Harry Potter fare. You will need chives, pretzel sticks and string cheese!

Gryffindor Popcorn

10. Gryffindor Popcorn :: Cupcake Diaries Blog

Every Harry Potter fan knows the Gryffindor colors of burgundy red and gold. This Gryffindor popcorn recipe gives a nod to Gryffindor with pops of gold and red from candy corn and burnt peanuts, all drizzled with white chocolate and brown M&Ms mixed in.

Harry Potter Photo Booth

11. Harry Potter Photo Booth :: Crafster Chic

If you want to DIY your own impressive Harry Potter inspired photo booth, this one is pretty amazing. Made to look like the scene from the movie where Harry gets flooded with Hogwarts acceptance letters, it features dozens of letters hanging from fishing line! Plus, a table full of cool handmade photo booth props were available too!

Hogwarts House Cup

12. Hogwarts House Cup :: Crafster Chic

What Harry Potter party guest wouldn’t be thrilled to win the Hogwarts House Cup? You can craft one yourself as a prize for a game using an inexpensive gold trophy, adhered to a wood base. Notice the printable “Hogwarts House Cup” label added to the front and the movie pass prizes peeking out of the cup.

Harry Potter Party

13. Harry Potter Party :: Silvia M, as seen on Catch My Party

Harry Potter inspired treats are what set this party apart. Snitch cake pops, a Sorting Hat cake, chocolate frogs and Dobby candy favors really help drive the party theme home. Well-chosen props such as a caged owl, labeled potion jars, an authentic looking Sorting Hat and Quidditch broom helped set the scene for a super cool party!

Hogwarts Staff & Students Matching Game

14. Hogwarts Staff & Students Matching Game :: The Carver Crew

If you’re looking for an easy game for your Potter party guests to play upon arriving, this Hogwarts staff and students matching game is easy to prepare. Using a free Harry Potter font online (which substitutes these Harry Potter photos for letters), you can prep the game and print for easy game play!

Harry Potter Sign Décor

15. Harry Potter Sign Décor :: Splatter Palette

If your party goals include getting guests excited the moment they arrive at the party venue, this Harry Potter sign décor will definitely help you achieve that goal! Guests will have no problems finding their way around town with signs pointing in the direction of everything they could possibly need (Platform 9 ¾/Hogwarts Express, Gringotts, Diagon Alley, Privet Drive, Ollivanders, Ministry of Magic, to name a few).

Harry Potter Floating Key Mobile

16. Harry Potter Floating Key Mobile :: Occasion Online, as seen on Indulgy

Add wings to antique keys to recreate this Harry Potter floating key scene. This mobile is hung using fishing line!

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Party

17. Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Party :: Pocketfull of Parties, as seen on Catch My Party

Black and white pair with hints of purple in this Harry Potter Deathly Hallows inspired party. You can recreate the look by adding owls, broomsticks and some Gringott’s gold. Serve up cauldron cakes, Butter Beer, Polyjuice Potion and Hegwig cookies! Don’t forget the owl treat bags!

Harry Potter Potions Decorations

18. Harry Potter Potions Decorations :: Smarty Parties, as seen on Spaceships and Laser Beams

Adding a Potions class, to your Harry Potter party, complete with potions decorations, will definitely add some excitement. Filling flasks and beakers with colored “potions”, adding authentic looking signs and labels and even a bit of dry ice will produce a magical environment!

Hogwarts Sorting Cupcakes

19. Hogwarts Sorting Cupcakes :: Sugar Bean Bakers

Add a twist to your Harry Potter party sorting ceremony! Instead of a hat doing the sorting, whip up a batch of sorting cupcakes! Any flavor of cupcakes will do, but your frosting will need to be divided into 4 house colors-red for Gryffindor, yellow for Hufflepuff, blue for Ravenclaw and green for Slytherin. You’ll simply insert your frosting tip into the center of your cupcake and squeeze a small dollop into the middle prior to frosting all of the tops of the cupcakes with a plain buttercream. A bite out of their cupcakes will reveal the sorting of each guest into corresponding houses.

Hedwig Owl Cupcakes

20. DIY Hedwig Owl Cupcakes :: The Carver Crew

Guests will love seeing their favorite Harry Potter owl—Hedwig—in cupcake form! You’ll need a batch of chocolate cupcakes, a container each of white and chocolate frosting, Oreos, Junior Mints and banana runts to create these feathered friends!

Honeydukes Special Wizard's Treat Mix

21. Honeydukes Special Wizard’s Treat Mix :: Hostess with the Mostess

Be on the lookout for mini cauldrons to serve up this Honeydukes special wizard’s treat mix. The treat mix is easy to put together and features Honey Nut Chex Mix, gummy candies like frogs, spiders and worms and burgundy and gold M&Ms. You can download the free printable treat sign.

Potion Jar Centerpieces

22. Potion Jar Centerpieces :: Hostess with the Mostess

Bring potions class front and center in your Harry Potter party decorations by creating these potion jar centerpieces. Using jars from Ikea and free downloadable printable labels you can add some ordinary items to create some creepy potion jars. Spaghetti and marinara = Bloodworms. Canned oysters = Hippogriff Gizzards. Backyard weeds in green tinted water = Gillyweed!

Harry Potter Favor Bags

23. Harry Potter Favor Bags :: Party at the COOP

Send your guests home with a modern take on Harry Potter favor bags! Just add a simple die cut silhouette of Harry’s hair and spectacles, and don’t forget the lightning bolt birth mark!

DIY Harry Potter Unicorn Blood Favor

24. DIY Harry Potter Unicorn Blood Favor :: Saving with Sarah

Send Harry Potter party guests home with their own bottles of Unicorn Blood. A small corked bottle and basic craft store ingredients are all you need to make these exciting party favors!

Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat

25. Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat :: Get Away Today

Harry Potter party guests will definitely want to know which Hogwarts House they belong to. An alternative to using the actual Sorting Hat is to print out one of these free Harry Potter origami sorting hats, sure to enchant the little muggles and wizards at your party!

Harry Potter Printable Spell Book

26. Harry Potter Printable Spell Book :: Lemon Squeezy Home

Couldn’t we all use a little magic in our lives? Party guests will go crazy over these Harry Potter printable spell books. You can make them inexpensively with free printable spell pages and $3- 4×6 photo albums!

Harry Potter Party

27. Harry Potter Party :: Party at the COOP

Bubbling cauldrons, Hedwig Mylar balloons, Harry Potter silhouette favor bags, an amazing Snitch cake and magical fondant topped cupcakes are just a very few details from this Harry Potter party that are sure to impress you! Real owls were even featured at the party by someone trained in falconry.

Sorting Hat Cake

28. Sorting Hat Cake :: Chica and Jo

Everyone knows the magic of the Sorting Hat in the Harry Potter books, but the magic of this Sorting Hat cake is something else! It’s covered in chocolate fondant and is so realistic I half expect it to speak!

DIY Wooden Dowel Wizard Wands

29. DIY Wooden Dowel Wizard Wands :: The Carver Crew

The wand chooses the wizard, or so the story goes. DIY your own wooden dowel wizard wands by making a lathe out of your drill and carving each wand by hand to make them unique. Add a variety of stains and seal them with a clear lacquer.

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Jennifer Carver

As the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom are busy boys, much of Jen's free time is spent at the ball field, brushing up on video game terminology and building Lego towers. Jen is the owner and creative mind behind Banner Events. With a passion for event planning & party styling and an obsession with the little details that take an event from ordinary to extraordinary, Jen wakes up every morning excited to get to work.