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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry - Sorting/Classes

Now that we have arrived at Hogwarts the first thing we needed to be sorted into our houses...  
To sort the kids we used cell phones. I called my hubby and put my phone on speaker and shoved it in the hat. When I placed the hat on each child's head he could hear and respond to what the kids were saying and then would shout out what house they are to belong to.
Once they were sorted they received a coordinating badge and tie.
The ties and badges were also downloaded from the fabulous PropPrintables!
Here is my little birthday boy being sorted :)
Now that the students are all sorted it was time for lessons...
History of Magic
A quick class where we briefly discussed a bit about wands.
Spells & Charms
The students matched the correct spell or charm with what they did.
The kids were given some playdough and had a list of items to try and tansfigure it into different things...
Care of Magical Creatures
The kids headed outdoors to look for hidden dragon eggs
The kids put them in a fiery cauldron to hatch while we read about how to care for baby dragons.
When we finished discussing the eggs were ready to hatch. Inside was a baby dragon :)
They were those water expanding toys. The green dragon is the original size and the pink dragon is how much it grew after being in water one day...
For divination I created a crystal ball by taking a Magic 8 Ball toy and painted it with silver glitter spray paint.
The kids were to write down a couple questions and then ask the crystal ball for the answer :) 
Mason's question was "Will I get another party?" and his answer was a definitive YES! Looks like I have some more planning to do!
The kids made a Beguiling Bubble Potion...
The Aconite Fluid was baby oil; for Basilisk Venom you can use water or club soda; the Mandrake Root were dog treats; Dragon Blood is food coloring; Unicorn Horn Powder is glitter; and Runespoor Eggs are Alka Seltzer tablets.

Mixing in the Dragon Blood with a Mandrake Root...
Once you finish mixing in all the ingredients add small pieces of Runespoor Egg at a time to get a Lava Lamp look...
It is pretty cool! The more Egg you add the more it bubbles and fizzes!
For herbology I wanted to do something other than a Mandrake, so I figured Fanged Geraniums are mentioned in the Order of the Phoenix so we went with that. When I hear the name the first thing I think of is Venus Flytraps :)
Packets were printed from the RPF
The kids took turns feeding the Geranium little pieces of meat, it was fun watching their expressions when the trap would close shut.
Defense Against the Dark Arts
The kids learned about Dementors and the Patronus Charm to protect themselves. After we were done talking we headed outside for some practice, but look what was waiting for us! A Dementor!!!
It was actually a piniata that I draped with a black plastic table cloth and cut the ends to look ragedy. The kids had a large wand (stick) and would practice by hitting the Dementor and saying "Expecto Patronum!"
We ran out of time for the Astronomy class, but I was going to have the kids pick a constellation and make a star map using black paper and poking holes with a pin where the stars would be. They would be able to hold the paper up the light and see the constellation shine through.

The information for this book was inspired by Wilkinsonquints and most of the text information came from Harry Potter Wikia. Pictures were gathered from various online sources as well.

You can check out the rest of the party details here:


  1. What a fantastic party! It's so beautifully done. Where did you get the crests for the houses (backdrop for the sorting)? Are those available to download somewhere?

    1. They were painted plaques that I borrowed from a family member but I have seen something similar on amazon here:

      I hope that helps!

  2. How did you make the book for the classes? Do you have a file you can share? I would love to use something like that for my daughter's upcoming birthday party.

    1. Send me your email address and I will gladly send you the file :)

    2. Hi Jen! This all looks awesome! If possible, would you mind sending me the file, too?

  3. Hi Jen,
    I also love the book for the classes. May I also have a copy of this? It's wonderful!

    1. I would love to, just send me your email address :)

    2. Having trawled the internet for several days I can honestly say this is the most beautiful Harry Potter party I have seen. Very lucky to have you as mummy. Totally nailed it. If it's possible I too would love a copy of the book. TIA

  4. I sent the previous email about the book of classes. My email is Thanks!!

  5. Where did you get the labels for the potions?

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    2. If you would like to post your email I can send you the labels if you like...

  6. If you still have the files, can I get a copy of the class books? My email address is
    Thanks! :)

  7. Me too!

  8. Me too please. amazing party!

  9. I would love a copy of the book also.

  10. This looks like a great party. I'm hoping to put together one just as fun. Could you please share your book with me? My son's party is March 14, 2015. Thank you so much!

  11. Thanks so much for the book!
    If it's not asking too much, could you share the potions labels with me as well?
    Also, I've been trying to look for the expanding dragons, but haven't found them any where. Any ideas for me?

  12. Love everything you did and would love to have the book info as well! My sons party is just around the corner, so glad I found your site!
    Great work on the party!

  13. Awesome party! Thank so much for sharing! If it is not too much trouble, could I get a copy of your book?

  14. What a great party! If you have time would you be able to send me a copy of the class books you made please, my email's Thanks!

  15. Hi Jen,
    I can't thank you enough for all of these wonderful ideas! I'm sorry to be another one asking but can I also get a copy of the class book?
    Thank you again for helping me plan my daughter's birthday, you are a true inspiration!!!
    My email is Many thanks!

  16. Is it possible to email the book and labels
    Looks like a fab party
    Did you make the sorting hat?

  17. These are such great ideas! Could you send me the file? Thank you so much!

  18. Hi! What an AWESOME Party! My daughter would flip out if I could plan half that kind of party! If you still have them, I would love the book and labels! You are so thoughtful to share your ideas with everyone! Thanks so much!

  19. Would love a copy of your book and labels if you have time to send. I made a Harry Potter Potion book last year for a school party. It was a ton of work. Yours looks amazing and has much more content. Great ideas, thanks for the inspiration! -Jen

  20. Thanks for sharing. My daughter's party is coming up too. Can I please get a copy of the book? Thanks.

  21. Hello! I love your book and labels! I am teaching a Harry Potter summer school class and would love to use both! Would you be able to send me the files for these? Thank you so much!!

  22. I stumbled across your blog while searching for Harry Potter party/class activities. I am teaching a Harry Potter summer school themed class and just absolutely love your student booklet. Would you by chance be able to send me the files?

    Thank you so much!

  23. I stumbled across your blog while searching for Harry Potter party/class activities. I am teaching a Harry Potter summer school themed class and just absolutely love your student booklet. Would you by chance be able to send me the files?

    Thank you so much!

  24. Love,love ,love, your fantastic party! I'm having a Harry Potter party for my daughter, would you mind sending me a copy of the lesson book too? My email is Thanks!!!

  25. Fantastic ideas! I am having a Harry Potter birthday party for my 11 year old. I would love the file for your amazing book. My email is Thank you so very much,

  26. Hi Jen. This is an amazing party. I've been looking through a lot of pins trying to find ideas for my son's party and once I saw your post I've realized I don't need to look anywhere else. Just Amazing! Thank you for sharing. I know it's been quite some time, but if you are still able to share your booklet, I was wondering if I could have a copy. I noticed you've emailed them in the past. So here's my email address just in case. Much thanks! -Brie

  27. Hello-I would love a copy of your book of classes as well as labels if you're still sharing. I would also love to know the name of the font you used in your Defense Against The Dark Arts sign. Many Thanks! Misty littleyabbie at

  28. Hi, I would love a copy of your book if you are still willing to share it!

  29. I would also love a copy of the book you made for the party, please.

  30. Best ideas ever! All of your party ideas are fantastic. Could you please send me the book, labels, and anything else you have for the HP Party? My email is

  31. I'm looking for ways to keep my Harry Potter fans occupied this summer and LOVE your ideas! Can you email me your book and labels to Thank you!!

  32. Love your party ideas! My daughter is having a surprise Harry Potter Party and if I could also have you email the book and labels to that would be awesome. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

  33. please please please! send me this book - and if you have the labels also? OMG I love this work!

  34. please please please! send me your book - and if you have the labels, I would love them also? OMG I LOVE this work!

  35. Wow! All your ideas were fabulous! Would it be possible to get a copy of the book to print out? my daughter is very into harry potter

  36. Wow! Love all your ideas! My daughter is very into harry potter! Could I also get a copy of the book to print for her party?

  37. Please send me a copy of the book too!

  38. Could I have a copy of your textbook file? It is exactly what I need for my daughter's "epic Harry Potter party"....her words not mine! :) my address is: (there is only 1 N in the middle of Shanon.) thanks!

  39. Hi! I would love a copy of the textbook file you created. These classes are perfect for an upcoming party! :) Are you sharing the file?

  40. If you are still willing to share a copy of the book I would appreciate it. The party looked amazing.

  41. Hello! I'm so impressed by your Harry Potter party - wonderfully done! If you're still willing to send out copies of the book and labels, would you mind sending them to me? My email address is Thank you so much!

  42. After many online searches and 100's of Pinterest pins regarding my daughters upcoming birthday party, your class activities are the first that I felt I could manage. If you are still willing to share the textbook files we would greatly appreciate it! (

  43. If you still have your files and are willing to share, I would love a copy of the book and labels as well.
    They would be perfect for my daughters upcoming birthday party!! Thanks.

  44. Hi Jen,

    Your party is simply amazing. Just wow. I would be grateful for a copy of your book if possible, for my son's 9th in October. Thank you so much in advance,

  45. Wow - I would love copies of the books as well.

  46. Hi! Your party looks amazing. We are having a Harry Potter themed party for my daughter's 11th birthday. If you still have the files for your book and are willing to share I would love a copy. Thanks!

  47. Love your ideas. May I have a copy of the book?

  48. I would love to have a copy of your book for the classes as well as the book about the wands. I am doing a HP themed birthday for my daughter who will be 10 on Halloween (party on 11/5). Thank you so much!

  49. could you please send me the file of the book?

  50. Can you send me the file to your book too! My party is in 10 days and this looks fabulous!!!


  51. is there any way possible I could get the link to your class book. It would be the perfect thing to go with my daughters harry potter sleepover

  52. I would love a copy of your class schedule/books and the labels. This looks so fun. My daughter turns 9 next month and is so excited to try some of these ideas for her party. Thanks for sharing your creativity!