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    34 Magical Ideas For The Ultimate "Harry Potter" Party

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    1. Owl out impressive invitations printed to look like the Hogwarts letter you never got (they even come with detachable tickets to the Hogwarts express!).

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    Your students... I mean guests... will really appreciate the detail.

    Get a set of invitations from To You From Me Invites on Etsy $35+.

    You can also get a digital copy-only set of these invitations (print them at home or at your local printer) for $20.

    2. And make sure to keep those invites from the prying eyes of any wannabe Dursleys with a real wax seal, stamped with the Hogwarts crest, natch.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Promising review: "This is AWESOME!! I needed a wax seal for my Hogwarts acceptance letters and this press did not disappoint. It is solid wood handle with the metal stamp. I had no issues with wax being stuck in the seal and everything came out beautifully." —Cheyanna H.

    3. Sort your guests into Houses as soon as they walk in — set out a plate of cupcakes, each filled with a different color frosting (green for Slytherin, yellow for Hufflepuff, etc). Take a breath, take a bite, and let the Sorting Cupcake speak!

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    Check out all the details for the idea at Sugar Bean Bakers.

    You can use this cupcake corer to core and inject filling into your cupcakes in just one step. Get one from Amazon for $6.95.

    4. But seat partygoers under the Sorting Hat anyway to lend the whole ceremony a little extra gravitas.

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    Get it from Amazon for $25.95.

    Promising review: "I ordered this sorting hat for a child's birthday party. I didn't expect much for the price and was very surprised when it arrived. It was beautifully made. Very realistic in its appearance. My niece was delighted. What was an added bonus is that inside the brim there was a tab with velcro on two sides, so that if you wanted to adjust the hat to fit a smaller head, you could. This was just perfect. I can't believe the quality of this product for the price. I highly recommend it." —Widgeon

    5. Hang a brick backdrop in the doorway (with a secret openening) so people can pass through it to head to platform 9 3/4.

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    The party train (the Hogwarts Express, that is) waits for no witch or wizard!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.49.

    6. Serve up some non-alcoholic Butter(scotch) beer in the comfort of your home. "Sorry Madame Rosmerta, we can't make it to the Three Broomsticks tonight!"

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    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $25.

    Promising review: "THIS IS ADDICTIVE AND I WILL NOT SHARE." —Aly

    7. Or brew up a little extra magic with any of BuzzFeed's recipes for themed cocktails, like Felix Felicis, Amortentia, Unicorn Blood, and more!

    Photos by Lauren Zaser / Graphics by Justine Zwiebel / BuzzFeed Life

    Warning: these might make you spontaneously sing "Odo the Hero" with Slughorn and Hagrid.

    Check out the recipes here!

    8. And you know you've got to serve your cocktails or pumpkin juice in disposable goblets for peak Great Hall vibes.

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    Get a set of four from Jet for $7.42 or Amazon for $8.03.

    9. Cast protego on your coffee table with a set of four coasters with embossed metal fronts to proudly display each of the four Houses of Hogwarts.

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    Get a set of four (one in each House) from ThinkGeek for $9.99.

    10. Add a touch of the forbidden (or at least the Forbidden Forest) by welcoming Aragog and his family.

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    At 50 inches, these furry spiders aren't full-grown acromantula size, but they're still pretty darn big. Ron would be petrified.

    Get them from Amazon for $14.09 each.

    Promising review: "Great spider, worth the price. I bought a greyish brown spider last year, but I think this black spider is better than that. The spider hair is good quality, and the red eyes are creepy." —Amazon Customer

    11. Check our very own guide to creating a Hogwart's-style feast, including recipes for pumpkin pasties, treacle tarts, roast beef with Yorkshire pudding and (of course) Butterbeer.

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    Take a peek at the feast-worthy recipes here.

    12. Celebrate your recent Quidditch victory with a batch of cake pops that look like Golden Snitches. You'll want to ~catch~ these just like Harry did in his first-ever match.

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    You know, in your mouth.

    Study up on the recipe here.

    Rather than baking a cake and making pops by rolling crumbs together with frosting, you can get a cake pop maker (it bakes the batter already in ball form) from Amazon for $29.99.

    And get the leaf molds used in the recipe to get the chocolate wings from Amazon for $5.49.

    13. Or for a slightly easier treat, transfigure Ferrero Rocher truffles into Snitches by just adding a pair of paper wings.

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    Check out the details here.

    Get a 48-pack of Ferrero Rocher from Amazon for $20.99 or a 24-pack fromJet for $13.75.

    14. Be your very own Trolley witch and whip up a whole cart full of chocolate frogs. Just melt your favorite kind of chocolate, fill these molds, and voila!

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    Get a mold from Amazon for $5.20.

    Promising review: "I'm not a baker, I'm not crafty, and I've never made anything with a mold before. When my friend wanted to throw a Harry Potter-themed party, I bought this mold and agreed to make chocolate frogs. They came out perfect and the experience could hardly have been easier. I simply melted chocolate chips, poured it in the mold, shook it a little so it settled and the bubbles came out, and froze it until the frogs were solid. They came out of the mold easily and looked amazing! It's slightly too tall for the top rack of my dishwasher, but I've washed it twice in the bottom and it's still perfect. Confession: I even microwaved it for about 30 seconds and it didn't warp. It may look flimsy, but it holds up." —Surreptrixus

    15. Cap off the feast (you know Ron Weasley'd still have room) with a plate full of Butterbeer krispy treats. They're so easy, a first year Potions student could make them.

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    The chewy bottoms are dipped in a combo of melted white chocolate chips and butterscotch topping for a perfect Butterbeer flavor.

    Follow the recipe here.

    Get white chocolate chips from Jet for $5.29 and butterscotch topping for $3.

    16. House all of your sweet treats in a display that looks like a giant Bertie Botts box. It'll make you feel like you live inside of Honeydukes itself.

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    Check out the full tutorial here.

    17. Cast a permanent sticking charm on this decal and adhere it to your toilet so everyone knows it's actually the entrance to the Ministry of Magic.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "This was easy to apply (just go slow and steady). It's been on for over a month now no problem. We originally bought it for a Harry Potter-themed birthday party and figured it wouldn't last long — but it still looks great! We figured we'd leave it on for laughs." —K. Gerber

    18. String up flameless candles with clear fishing line (or attach them to your windows with the included suction cups) for a perfect ~floating candle~ effect to rival the Great Hall on Halloween!

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    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.96.

    Promising review: "These candles were perfect during this past holiday. I put them all around my house upstairs and downstairs. They were so easy to use and looked beautiful from the outside. You can choose to have them flicker or stay on. The remote is so awesome and easy to use. You just walk around your house and with a push of the button they are on/off. I bought two sets. I'm thinking of getting more. Each candle only takes one AA battery. I never had to change the battery for the whole month of December. I highly recommend these." —CJK

    19. Call Madame Hooch and play a rousing game of table Quidditch to really get the party started. You'll never play boring old Muggle beer pong again.

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    Learn how to make your own table here.

    20. Set up a game of Wizard's Chess in the corner for some intense (but not under-the-trap-door intense) gaming.

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    Get it from Amazon for $45 or ThinkGeek for $48.99.

    21. Or if you're extending the party to your patio, DIY a game of Quidditch corn hole.

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    Learn how to make your own game board here.

    Or you could buy a regulation corn hold set and just repaint it accordingly! Get a solid wood set from Amazon for $129.99.

    22. Pretend you're taking the O.W.L.s and get competitive with a came of Harry Potter trivial pursuit. You'll sure find out who the Hermione is of your friend group.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.39.

    Promising review: "I bought this because my nieces are OBSESSED with Harry Potter. (We won't discuss my own obsession.) They game was so much fun. I took it on vacation and we spent hours reading questions and yelling out the answers. My nieces start at age five and the adults are well into their 30s. We all had a ball." —Theresa

    23. Or set up a crafting corner and brew up sparkly slimes in the potion formula of your choice.

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    Check out the how-to here.

    And make sure your potion ingredient cupboard is sticked with liquid starch, Elmer's glue (use clear OR white for different effects), food coloring, and glitter.

    24. And store your new slimes, I mean potions, in vintage jars or vials complete with printable potion labels.

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    Get the free printables here!

    25. If you're hosting younger students, play a downloadable game of "pin the scar on the Harry."

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    Get it from OTG Designs on Etsy for $4.

    26. Blast ALL the movie soundtracks on Amazon Music Unlimited to set the right tone to your soiree.

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    Prime members can subscribe for $7.99 per month, non-members for $9.99 per month. Start your 30-day free trial here.

    27. Get the look of the Owlery (but with 100% less owl poop) by inflating white balloons printed with the likeness of Hedwig herself.

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    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $16.49.

    Promising review: "I wanted to write a review for this, because I took it to a store for inflation and the woman filling the balloons said they were great quality. She said she gets people in occasionally with balloons they buy online, and sometimes they have trouble filling them without them popping due to low quality. The fact that she remarked at how great these were, I wanted to let others know it is worth the buy. They stayed filled with helium for at least a week, and we finally just had to take them down. I used them to 'deliver' bottles of wine for my friends' christmas gifts (complete with their own bottle Weasley sweaters) and they were a hit!" —Frugal Athlete

    28. Section off secret rooms with a Fat Lady door cling — you'll definitely need the password to get by. Spoiler alert: it's "Caput Draconis." Again.

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    Get it from ThinkGeek for $23.99 (originally $29.99).

    29. Make your home feel considerably more like the Hogwarts castle with a party package of stairway, torch, and window decals. But unlike the real deal, these staircases won't trick you.

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    Get the set of nine decals from Amazon for $6.58.

    Promising review: "I used this for a Harry Potter-themed bachelorette party and they were PERFECT. You do have to cut out the pieces so make sure you bring scissors, but they give the perfect theme without any fuss of making them yourself. Would definitely recommend." —Molly Hover

    30. Set up a ~criminally cool~ photo booth with these props so your favorite pics look like Azkaban mugshots. Pro tip: take some Boomerangs so they look like wizarding photographs, too.

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    Get the instant download from OTG Designs on Etsy for $4.

    31. Make your mark by setting up a (temporary) tattoo studio. And unlike a Dark Mark, these'll only last 1-5 days.

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    Get a set of 24 tattoos from Amazon for $9.49. Available in 13 different Harry Potter-themed designs.

    Promising review: "These tattoos lasted a long time — at least through one event and my shower the next day. They are easy to use and look nice. The variety in the pack allows for some mixing and matching. There are so many included! It would make a nice product to buy if you were doing gift bags for a party and wanted something little and fun to add." —Michelle

    32. Skip the trip to Diagon Alley and get chosen by your very own homemade wand. No tracking down phoenix feathers required; just swirl some hot glue on a chopstick and paint!

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    Take a peek at the full instructions (plus way more party inspo) here.

    Get a pack of 100(!) bamboo chopsticks from Amazon for $7.71.

    33. Add small details that help create an immersive feel, like hanging Hogwarts letters (i.e. addressed envelopes) on invisble threat from the fireplace.

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    Although tbh this decoration just makes me think, "Harry why did you try to catch an envelope when you could have just BENT DOWN AND PICKED ONE UP!"

    Check out the tutorial here.

    34. And consult the Unofficial Harry Potter Party Book for even more recipes, games, and ideas.

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    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (paperback) or $9.99 (Kindle).

    Promising review: "It may be unofficial but the recipes and explanations are fabulous. Each recipe includes reference to what book it was found in. I especially liked that she included the hard recipe but then gave you an easier recipe so you could make the foods with the kids. Great book!" —Amazon Customer

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    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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