Let me start by saying that I have the most awesome husband on earth. Seriously.
Not only does he like Harry Potter (almost as much as Patrick and I do), but he has a bit of a man-crush on Alan Rickman's character of Severus Snape (sorry sweetie - but you really can't deny it).
So for this party and the soon-to-follow Halloween, I purchased him a Snape costume on ebay. We also bought a witch wig at Walmart and trimmed it to be about the right length. The wig was cheap (and it looked like it), but it worked well for what we needed.
|My Snape and my Harry.|
So this was the most fun for most of the kids and adults.
The Potions class was set up in the garage. I gathered a number of glass bottles and containers and stored various liquids and greenery found in our neighborhood in them and labeled them with Potterish names including those to be used in the potions class and demonstrations. We also purchased some dry ice, which we found at Kroger for $5 for a 5 pound bag (this was approaching Halloween, I have no idea if they normally have it).
And this sign was my favorite of all of the ones I made (and here it is for you to have).
I spent lots and lots and lots of time scouring the internet for potions class ideas and do-at-home science experiments that could be done with ease but would seriously impress the kids. I was able to use potions from The Leaky Cauldron, It's the Life, Dirt and Sunshine, and Lemonade. You can find even more (that I didn't use but really considered) at My Harry Potter Party, Harry Potter Birthday Party, and lots more at The Leaky Cauldron. Once I found them, I modified the ones that needed to be Potter-fied (you like that, don't you?) and created a Potions Handbook for the kids and a Potions Master Handbook for my Snape using fonts found on Mugglenet and the same parchment used for signs and invitations. They neatly folded into a booklet that the kids were allowed to take home.
The Potions Student Handbook had all of the
- Exploding Filibusters - A huge hit, as everyone likes an "explosion."
- Dancing Unicorn Milk - Another regular chemistry project that was "Potter-fied" by changing the ingredients' names.
- Exploding Elixir - Lots of bubbly fun.
- Fleeing Spiders - I was quite proud of the explanation I came up with what this experiment is about. It's really all about surface tension, but adding the element of spiders and basilisk venom makes it very Chamber of Secrets-ish.
- Mandrake Restorative Draught - An actual potion from the books. This one is impressive because of the color change that the kids don't see coming. Requires a tiny bit of prep work, but well worth it for the looks on their faces!
- Magic Mud - this is fantastic stuff to play with!
- Wormwood Comes to Life - I actually researched HP potions ingredients to come up with a way to work in dry ice
- Screaming Spoons - I extended the explanation I gave for the dry ice potion ingredient to this potion as well.
- Liquid Enemies - This is just a chemistry lesson on density. However, it looks really cool, so I wanted to make it into a Potions lesson. So I renamed the ingredients, came up with a Latin spell to speak over it, and voila! Such fun!
Here are some pictures of the kids and the fun from the Potions class.
If you want some more ideas, I have an entire Pinterest board dedicated to Harry Potter party ideas. Some I used and some I didn't but you might find something PERFECT for yours! Tomorrow we'll cover the food and drinks!