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Harry Potter Party: The Ultimate Guide to Recreating the Magic of Hogwarts

Updated on September 24, 2017

Hold Your Very Own Realistic Harry Potter Themed Party!

We held this Harry Potter celebration as an awards ceremony and end-of-the-year banquet for a group at a high school. This lens will show you how to hold your own Harry Potter birthday party and make all the decorations you need to transform your house or a banquet hall or any room into the Hogwarts great hall, complete with an extra guide showing you how to make Honeydukes's sweets and other baked goods.

We were actually working on a pretty big budget but you can easily recreate some of these decorations and props with less money. Also, it is usually cheaper to make your own Harry Potter decorations than buying them if you're looking to save money (and you can always print things from the internet!).

Click here to read the full Harry Potter party guide!

Platform 9 3/4 Brick Wall

Here is the full view of our Platform 9 3/4 brick wall, the entrance to the Hogwarts Express at King's Cross Station and the entrance to our venue. Make sure your canvas is the right size for your door.

We cut a slit vertically about a foot from the top so people would walk through the middle, then hung a Hogwarts Express sign above the door (the sign was made by printing out a blown up photo of the sign, then pasting the separate pages together onto a piece of cardboard).

View of the Great Hall - This is what our version of the great hall looked like overall

Slytherin table is not included in this shot, but here are the other three tables and the head table. We made the long tables by pushing two tables together and covering them in tablecloths. You can also see the house banners hanging on the wall behind each table.

This was a multipurpose room at a school, so there are some extra things like a chalkboard and a projector in the middle of the room that you will probably not have at your party. Without some of the extra elements, your room may look more realistic and magical. You can also consider hanging out wallpaper or wall hangings that make the room look like it's covered in grey stonework.

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Harry Potter Party Planning Book - This Harry Potter book will help plan your party

The Unofficial Harry Potter Party Book: From Monster Books to Potions Class!: Crafts, Games, and Treats for the Ultimate Harry Potter Party
The Unofficial Harry Potter Party Book: From Monster Books to Potions Class!: Crafts, Games, and Treats for the Ultimate Harry Potter Party

This book has everything you need to learn how to plan your own magical Harry Potter or Hogwarts themed birthday party or regular party.

This Harry Potter party book is the perfect addition to our party guides, as it covers topics like Harry Potter crafts and games as well as treats and making your own Harry Potter costumes.


Hedwig Welcome Sign - Greet Your Guests with Hedwig the Owl

This Hedwig owl was painted on cardboard with acrylic paints by my dad. Either buy a premade Hedwig, like a stuffed animal, or you can find a picture online you like and paint it like this.

Finished House Banners - The hanging house banners once they were mounted to colored tablecloths

Harry Potter Party Inspiration - This person's house was transformed into Hogwarts!

Great Hall Head Table

The head table was covered in purple with gold accents. The actual head table in Harry Potter is wooden, like the other tables, and is where the professors sit, but we wanted to make it purple because all our other tables were colored.

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Harry Potter Costume - A fine set of black Hogwarts robes to wear to your party

Harry Potter Sweets and Food - Recreate Honeydukes with these sweet treats

Harry Potter Cake - This cake features a stack of magical books and a wand

Photo courtesy of artofsumptuouscakes

Harry Potter Gryffindor Cake - A Hogwarts cake featuring the red and gold of Gryffindor

Photo courtesy of twokingsconfections

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      Mackenzie Sage Wright 2 years ago

      Now this is an awesome hub! Thanks so much, I really love HP (read them all with my kids, it became a family affair), and I love throwing theme parties. With the new movie coming out I am looking forward to trying some of these wonderful ideas.

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      mrpartyideas 4 years ago

      So much thought put into the Harry Potter party! It's great!

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      Gloria Freeman 4 years ago from Alabama USA

      Great party.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      I love it, I want to come to one of your parties :)

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      HalloweenEnthus 5 years ago

      just wonderful

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      krakensquid 5 years ago

      What a fantastic lens.. you are a true fan, great work! :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Owl owl I bet this would be a fantastic Harry Potter Party.

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      louiseanne lm 5 years ago

      Great ideas for a Harry Potter party. My son used to love Harry Potter so much!

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      TommyPotter 5 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Rhonda Albom 5 years ago from New Zealand

      So many great ideas. My daughter is a huge Harry Potter fan. Blessed.

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      WriterJanis2 5 years ago

      I want to come!

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      This is excellent,when I was reading your lens I feel like i am in Harry Potter movie,I wish that I can go to that party.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      It sure looks like it's going to be a hit. A party planner and organizer are needed for this since I bet it's very tedious to prepare this amazing theme party.

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      MarcStorm LM 5 years ago

      That's awesome! Great Job, I bet it was a hit! Thanks for sharing this great party idea!

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      anooptu 5 years ago

      hey, where is the magical stick ?

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This would be a fun thing to do.

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      Kumar P S 5 years ago

      Great lens ! Thanks for sharing.

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      KatrinaJames 5 years ago

      cool lens, thanks!

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      UKGhostwriter 5 years ago

      great idea for a part theme

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      wecomparebooks 5 years ago

      I love Harry Potter!

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      glutenallergy 5 years ago

      These are marvelous! My daughter was invited to a Harry Potter party, and the birthday girl actually came to our home. She was dressed in a black Hogwarts robe, and held a white balloon with a drawing of Hedwig on it. Attached to the balloon was my daughter's party invitation.

      It turned out to be the most amazing party she (or I) have ever been to! They used a lot of what you have listed here.

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      jordanmilesbask 6 years ago

      I love Harry Potter..Great idea for party..

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      Eleni Bat 6 years ago from Greece

      Great lens! Gratz from a Harry Potter addict!

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      awesomeamber 6 years ago

      WOW. I love this!!!!!!!!! Too bad my party is planned out already.

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      awesomeamber 6 years ago

      WOW. I love this!!!!!!!!! Too bad my party is planned out already.

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      KarenCookieJar 6 years ago

      More really cool ideas!

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      Two Crafty Paws 6 years ago

      Included this in my Themed Party Ideas Lens. Hope you don't mind :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Fantastic ideas! Will certainly use some for our Harry Potter themed party!

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      BudGallant LM 6 years ago

      Wow... Amazing. You put a lot of time and effort into this! Your photos are great. This would sure make some kids happy... and me, too for that matter. I am a fan of Harry Potter and of your lens!

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      halloweenprops 6 years ago

      Wow, this lens is fantastic! Love the look of that Gryffindor cake too!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      how much did u spend on this party?if i may ask cuz im think to replicate this party for my birthday party!!!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Wow! You pulled off some special Harry Potter magic for this party and left no stone unturned, what fun!

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      JoshK47 6 years ago

      Absolutely smashing! Such creative ideas here! If I ever decide to make a Harry Potter themed party, I will definitely be returning to this lens.

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      Pip Gerard 6 years ago

      what a brilliant party... I'm extremely impressed!! Awesome lense :)

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      justholidays 6 years ago

      OMG! What a fantastic Harry Potter party! I started to read the lens thinking, oh no, not Harry Potter once again... I ended up blessing the lens because of the huge work involved in planning the party, creating the décor, and writing the lens.

      Congratulations on this huge work!

      So, as said, blessed by the summer fun angel on Squidoo.

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      moonlitta 6 years ago

      Did you just do that?!! It's spectacular:) Especially like the entrance idea, I would have never guessed it's made this way!