Today marks the 33rd birthday of that messy-haired boy with the funny looking scar with whom many of us grew up. It also happens to be the birthday of Queen Rowling, the brilliant mind that brought us the HP universe and everything we love about it. In order to commemorate this special day, we’ve compiled a list of ways to celebrate Harry James Potter, Hogwarts, and the magic of friendship.
Plus there ain’t no party like a Hogwarts party cuz a Hogwarts party don’t stop!
1. Host a movie-watching or Philosopher’s (Sorcerer’s) Stone reading party.
Gather your friends, finds some yummy snacks, and relive all the feels together. You can do this by having a movie marathon, listening to the audiobooks (which you can do during activities 2-6), or take turns reading the first book out loud. Alternatively, if pressed for time, share your favorite passages with one another.
2. Don your school uniform (or other house swag) for the rest of the day.
People may give you odd looks at the grocery store, but at least the true Potterheads will be able to recognize your awesome.
3. Have a HP arts and crafts night
This is something that you can enjoy alone or with a group. Go to your local craft store, stock up on supplies, and craft the night away. We suggest the following ideas:
- Knit a house scarf
- Make your own golden snitch
- DIY time turner
- Brew your own potions
- Don’t forget our winged key tutorial!
4. Harry Potter Cocktail party
There are several Harry Potter themed drink recipes available on the Internet, whether it’s Butterbeer (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) or house-themed cocktails. Here’s a list of tested Butterbeer recipes for all ages and here’s one for the adults. Plus, there’s always this list of popular Harry Potter themed cocktails.
We here at 3 Chic Geeks happen to enjoy both Harry Potter and mixing cocktails ourselves. After much
trial and error very scientific research, we’ve come up with our own HP-inspired recipes, pictured above.
5. Bake all the wizard noms
Pumpkin pasties, chocolate frogs, cauldron cakes and more. Troll the internet for the yummiest looking recipes and bake the day away Hufflepuff style. Mugglenet’s list of recipes is a great place to start. Perhaps it’s time to revisit that Caramel Drapple cupcake recipe as well.
6. Write your own Hogwarts acceptance letter
Listen, we know how painful it is to have a Hogwarts letter that’s over 11 years overdue (This means I’m owed two acceptance letters, right? Right?!). While you can purchase replica letters online, why not write your own today? Better yet, write one for your friends and leave them in their mailboxes as a little surprise.
7. Host a HP YouTube sing-a-long
Other favorites include the house anthems created by Not Literally, found here, here, and here (and stay tuned for the Ravenclaw vid). Plus they have totally cute “Ask Hogwarts” videos that will give you warm wizard fuzzies.
8. Muggle Quidditch
Whether you already play on a team and have the official Quidditch gear, or all you’ve got is a broom and a half-deflated dodgeball, now is the time to get a group together and let your nerd flag fly. Or, rather, let your nerd flag run around with a broom between its legs. Sobriety optional.
9. Harry Potter Trivia
Join one of the many trivia games on Harry Potter themed Facebook pages, or grab some friends and quiz one another on your wizarding knowledge.
10. Tell all your friends how much they mean to you.
What does this have to do with Harry Potter? Well, if there’s one thing we learned from growing up with Harry Potter, it’s that true friendship is worth more than all the Galleons in the world.