At this point the kids went shopping at Honeydukes candy shop. I had bags printed out with a Honeydukes label and their name. We had the candy all set up in bowls on a sideboard. Nothing like alot of candy to impress 9 year olds.
Jenna asked for a Harry Potter Themed party this year. We had a lot of fun with this one :)
The invitations were an acceptance letter to hogwarts along with a train ticket for Hogwarts express. The letter had a Hogwart logo on the top and the writing was in green ink.
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for a special mid-term session in honour of "Childs name" 9th Birthday.
Please take a Muggle mode of transportation to the King’s Cross London Platform 9 3/4 where you will be transported by the Hogwarts Express Train to Hogwarts, currently disguised as a Muggle home at 123 Your address here.
The term commences at One Thirty PM on Saturday June 25th, 2011 and will finish that same day at Four Thirty PM.
Please RSVP by Owl, by the Muggle email system to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Muggle telephony system at 123-456-7890.We look forward to your arrival at Hogwarts.
Professor "your last name" ,
Deputy Headmistress of Frolic and Feasts,
Headmaster: Albus Dumbledore
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
(Order of Merlin First Class, Grand Sorcerer and Chief Warlock, Supreme Mugwump International Confederation of Wizards )
We started off in Diagon Alley and made wands. These were really cute wands made with thin wooden dowels and the handle was made with wooden beads. I got the idea from here.
After we made wands we moved onto transfiguration. To do this I made up cards with pictures of some of the magical creatures in Harry Potter (email if you want a copy). We taped one of the cards to each child's back. We said that we were doing a transfiguration spell and it went horribly wrong. In order to be changed back to a human you had to guess what creature was on your back (the kids had a chance to see all of them before hand). To have some help with guessing you could ask others a yes or no question. For example "Do I have 4 legs". The kids all did really well. As each guessed they came back to me for a new creature.
We were also going to platy charades here but moved on because we spent a lot of time on the other game :)
Next up was Potions Class:
Potions was so much fun. I "borrowed" a lot from the ideas from Dirt and Sunshine. She has amazing print outs and ideas! We used some crystal pitchers for the "phoenix tears (vinegar) and purified water. We had a very cool lizard pot for the mandrake root baking soda) and a nice bowl for the dandelion root (yellow baking soda). The kids did their potions in some plastic cups from the dollar store. We used dollar store shot glasses for their individual portions of phoenix tears. The potions experiment was from the Dirt and Sunshine website.
The other Potions activities was a "wishing" lava lamp. This was oil, water, food colouring and sparkles in a spice jar. Lessons learned: 1. An adults should have control over food colouring at all times :) 2. Let kids know that the 4 tubes of sparkles are for everyone and not just one or two kids. 3. Hot glue the lids one as the oil is tricky! Other than that they were great fun. One or two drops of colouring is what looks best.
Then we moved onto Charms class. The kids made a wishing charm to slide onto a necklace. They did this by wire wrapping some beads. They were a talented bunch!
The cake was a "Princess Castle" cake redecorated as Hogwarts. We also had "magic" drinks that turned colours - pretty cool.
At this point we were supposed to have divination class which consisted of tea leaf reading a la Dirt and Sunshine's "Unfogging the Future." We hot glued tea leaves to the bottom of dollar store teacups and then loaded more tea on top. The glue even washed out in the dishwasher so they were totally reusable. The kids liked this one. We also had "cootie catcher" fortune tellers with a Harry Potter Theme. If you would like a copy let me know.
There were so many helpful links I found. Here is a list of a few of the ones I found particularly helpful: