Last Summer, I posted that we were planning a Harry Potter Week with our youth students. You can read about the plans HERE. The week was a lot of fun with Harry Potter themed food, drinks, and crafts. We watched a different HP movie each night and concluded the week with a trip to see 7.2 at the theater.
Michael and I recently watched all of the movies AGAIN in preparation for our visit to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando this coming December! (At least that was our excuse…) And I recently joined Pottermore, and it made me want to re-read all of the books again. But I have way too many other books to read first.
I never ended up posting pictures from that week and decided that it’s better late than never. So here are the pictures from Harry Potter Week that should have been posted last summer.
Sunday: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
- Craft: Wands
Mine & Michael’s (we formed ours at home to try the craft out)
Some of the completed wands. They turned out so good! All of the students REALLY liked this craft!
- Snack: Chocolate Frogs (I bought the molds HERE)
These were great! The molds were super easy to use, and the frogs looked really good. We decided to put mini marshmallows in some of them, and those turned out good as well.
- Drink: Butterbeer (recipe found HERE…used #5, but I’d like to try #1 on my own). I don’t have a picture of this, but it was AMAZING!! The students loved it, and I can’t wait to try Universal’s version.
Monday: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
- Craft: No-Sew House Ties
These were really easy, and they made for a great craft.
- Snack: Pumpkin Pasties
These took a LONG time to make. And I can’t stand pumpkin, so I didn’t try one. But the students who tried them really liked them.
- Drink: Pumpkin Juice. I don’t have a picture of this, but I did try it, and I can say it was good! I think the pineapple, etc. made it where the pumpkin wasn’t very prominent.
Tuesday: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Craft: Wizard Money: Galleons, Knuts and Sickles
The students could paint their Wizard Money with whatever they wanted. I chose a metallic paint, and over time they stuck to each other. It’d be better with a flat paint and then add glitter. But they were cute.
- Snack: Acid Pops
These weren’t very good. They were a little too sticky.
- Drink: Polyjuice Potion
This actually turned out to be really good! Michael was saying last night that we need to make some more. You can’t see it in this picture, but there were gummy worms in the drink, which added some fun.
Wednesday: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
- Craft: No Mess Quills
For some reason, I didn’t get a picture of these, but they turned out cute. They were definitely a cheap but practical craft.
- Snack: Dragon Eggs
- Drink: Liquid Luck
This turned out to be one of my favorites, even though it was simple.
Thursday: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
- Craft: Extendable Ears
I didn’t make this craft, but here is a picture of one of the student’s
- Snack: Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans
These were SUPER easy. I just made a label and put them on small cups. We just used regular jelly beans, but you can purchase actual Bertie Bott’s Beans if you’d like.
- Drink: Pensieve Potion
This was another that was simple yet good.
Friday: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
- Craft: Pygmy Puff
These were super cute. Mine is still on my shelf at work.
- Snack: Cockroach Clusters (found HERE)
Simple no-bake type cookies, but they were good.
- Drink: Butterbeer again. It was just too good!!
Saturday: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Part 1 at church, Part 2 at the theater)
- I honestly can’t remember what we did this day. I think we told the kids they could finish up any of their crafts or they could bring a shirt to draw on. But we might not have done anything.
- I think we just had popcorn and leftover snacks, but again I could be wrong. I was just too long ago!
It turned out to be a GREAT week! There were lots of game ideas, etc. in “The Unofficial Harry Potter Party Book” but we didn’t have time for that. And personally, I enjoyed that book more than the other. “The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.” was a fantastic British cookbook, but it wasn’t practical for what we were looking for.
So if you’re looking for a theme night for one of the Harry Potter Movies, or if you’re just wanting something fun to do, I highly recommend some of these crafts, snacks, and drinks. And try out some Butterbeer even if you haven’t seen the movies. It’s great!