This blog will walk you through the steps I took to make a memorable Harry Potter Party for my friends and I. This party was intended for adolescents and it also occurred in the wintertime, so I will make notes and changes where a different activity could be substituted for a younger audience or for a summertime activity.
I highly recommend getting an early start to your planning -- why not start today? -- and to set the actual party date a few months into the future so that you have ample time for planning as this sort of party is meant to stimulate hard-core older Harry Potter fans and therefore needed to be interesting and detailed.
On that note, I hope you enjoy what this blog has to offer.
P.S. I'm making a Table of Contents that I will update as I post more. So far here are links to each of the pages along with brief explanations of the subject:
P.P.S. I have also recently added a new feature: The Shopping List tab. It can be found at the top, there is a bar that says "Home" and then says "Shopping List". The purpose of this shopping list is to be a quick and easy way to look up what things you will need for each project before beginning. It has links to the posts.
Some of the posts are not found in the "Shopping List" tab, such as the Marauder's Map tutorials and some of the Letters/Invitations posts because all you need is a printer and some paper :)
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Snitches -- The Deathly Hallows version with Resurrection Stone
*****SPOILER ALERT*****This post contains a tutorial on how to make your own snitch which opens up to reveal a home-made Resurrection Stone.
2. Acceptance Letters and Equipment List
This post has a printable free-for-use Platform 9 3/4 ticket. It was made from scratch in Photoshop Elements 7 and there are links to download the alterable Photoshop file as well.
A very useful tutorial on how to stain your paper and make it look a little older. We use this multiple times throughout this blog such as for the Marauder's Map, the Acceptance Letters, and the Inner Envelope
14. How to Make Your Own Broomstick
This is a tutorial on how to make a Nimbus 2000 (or a Firebolt, it really does not matter what you call it). It does not require any woodworking skills and is fairly simple.
15. Floo Powder, Remembralls, and the Golden Egg
These are very speedy and cheap tutorials on how to make these items for looks, goodies for treat bags, or to be used in activities.
16. How to Make Your Own Wands (No Woodworking Skills Required)
This tutorial shows you how to make a quick but sturdy wand out of paper and glue. They look really cool and are quite easy to manipulate to get different shapes.
17. How to Make a Marauder's Map (Party Version)
This tutorial is a simple way to make a stunning Marauder's Map that can be used in activities during your party. Alternatively, see Post 19 for a movie prop version.
18. Philosopher's Stone Tutorial
A short tutorial with four different methods you can use to create your own philosopher's stone.
19. Marauder's Map: Inside and Outside
This is a free, printable Marauder's Map that you can print out yourself and put together. I scanned in the inside of an actual Marauder's Map so when you put it together it has the map of Hogwarts (if you can decipher it!). Alternatively, see Post 17 for a map you can use for activities during a party.
20. Ministry of Magic Identification Booklet (Printable)
This is another free printable, this time for your own MoM Identification Booklet. There is a movie prop version and also a customizable one. For the customizable one, see the post below.
21. Customizable Ministry of Magic Identification Booklet
A free printable that will allow you to customize your very own MoM Identification Booklet. Provided in two versions, a customizable Photoshop file that will allow you to superimpose a stamp of approval on the booklet, and a flat version so even if you don't have Photoshop or GIMP you can paste in your photo and write in your information.