Everything you need to hold your own Harry Potter Day at home
If you have a little witch or wizard who is Harry Potter mad, read on…here’s how to create a Harry Potter Day at home!
Did you know that there is such a thing as International Harry Potter Day – May 2nd! This is apparently the day that Harry Potter defeated the Dark Lord. In the books, the battle takes place on 2nd May 1998.
Last year we held a lockdown Harry Potter Day for our Mini Mumblers (8 & 6) who LOVE Harry Potter. We have a rule at the moment that we can’t watch the next film until the book has been read…eldest Mini Mumbler is currently tackling Book 4 (which is HUGE?!) and the littlest Mini Mumbler has been having a chapter a night of book 2 read to him and managed to finish it last week. We promised that Saturday night would be the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ movie night!
Hogwarts at home
Set the Scene
Signs put up around the garden (a good chunk of imagination needed, but you could go all out with the decor if you wanted to). We had signs for the Griffindor Common Room, Quidditch Pitch, Potions Class, Chamber of Secrets etc.
A parcel (we had ordered some Harry Potter clothes and wrapped them in brown paper – so that they looked as if they were delivered by owl)
Some bunting – we had printed off some bunting template and the kids coloured it in Harry Potter Colours and designs.
You could choose to have Harry Potter costumes on, or make capes and hats.
Create a map and some clues- write a map that will lead you to the Forbidden Forest to find twigs for your broomsticks. We hid clues around the garden.
We got caught in the whomping willow!!
For our broomsticks we used some old mop/broom handles that we had sanded down, twigs that we collected on our walk and string/twine).
Before any witches or wizards could get on their brooms, we had some circuits to do as a warm up (disguised as flight training). We set cones out and the kids had to run around them and in between them, do a few circuits of the climbing frame etc.
Once they had done this they were able to practice on their broomsticks.
This basically involved them flying around whilst we threw soft balls at them! They also had to throw tennis balls through a hoop.
Harry Potter Lunch
This was a normal ‘picky lunch’ which the kids always love and eat lots of. I just stuck some labels in to the food – so ‘Peeve’s Pork Pie’ & ‘Slytherin Sandwiches’ etc. You can be as creative with this as you like though!
The kids loved making these – they decided to decorate them with icing, sprinkles and gold spray (basically what we could find in the cupboard). We also melted a bit of easter egg and dipped some in that. They were delicious but quite filling!
Last, but not least….THE HARRY POTTER MOVIE!
Be warned…they are LONG movies! We put the ‘Chamber of Secrets’ on at 7pm and it was 10pm before it finished…so plan accordingly. Littlest Mumbler just about kept his eyes open. We watched The Chamber of Secrets and loved it! My 6 year old really enjoyed it, although I know that my 8 year old would have hated it a couple of years ago – she’d have been too scared…so totally depends on your children. I think that the third film might be the last we watch for a while until they are a bit older as i’ve been told they get a bit darker. Give us your opinion over in the Doncaster Mumbler Chat Group though and let us know what your experience has been?