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31 Ways To Throw The Ultimate Harry Potter Birthday Party

Make your kid's big day magical. Even if your "kid" is turning 30.

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1. Send out invitations that look like letters of acceptance to Hogwarts.

Learn how to make yours here.

2. Have your guests enter your home the same way they'd enter Platform 9 3/4.

You can DIY this using an old sheet, sponge, and red paint. Learn more here.

3. Let your guests do their best Sirius Black impression in this photo booth.

Find this idea and other cool ones like it here.

4. Want to take your photo booth to the next level? Set out these Harry Potter-themed props.

Order the printables here for $12.

5. Hang a "Happy Birthday" banner that's perfectly to theme.

Order a personalized Harry Potter banner here for $26.

6. Serve up some "Mandrake cupcakes."

For extra fun you can make your guests wear ear muffs while they eat these. Find this idea and more here.

7. You can also serve cupcakes with these edible Hogwarts Express toppers.

Order 10 here for $13.50.

8. One more cupcake idea — use sugar cones to look like wizard hats.

Learn more about this idea and others here.

9. Play "Pin the glasses on Harry."

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DIY this Harry Potter-themed version of the classic party game using poster board and card stock for the glasses. Find this idea and more here.

10. Give each of your guests their very own wand.

Order this set of 25 here for $88.

11. You can also DIY wands using cooking chop sticks.

Learn how here.

12. And don't forget — the wand picks the wizard.

Blindfold your guests and have them hover their hands over the wands until the right one "chooses" them. Find this idea and more here.

13. Add a bit of decor by having letters "fly" out of the fire place.

Find this idea and more here.

14. Potion bottles also make for great party decorations.

"Bat's wing," "Graveyard fog," and "Newt's eyes" are but a few of a wizard's go-to ingredients. Learn more here, or download the labels for $2.99.

15. Speaking of potions, invite your guests to watch as you brew a color-changing potion for them to drink.

Pour Sprite into cups with a little food coloring on the bottom and your guests will swear you ARE a wizard. Learn how here.

16. You can also serve your guests homemade butterbeer.

Find the kid-friendly recipe here.

17. Bake Harry Potter-themed cookies.

Order these cookie cutters here for $9.90 each.

18. Dumbledore's Pensieve — made out of Jell-O and Cool Whip — also makes for an enchanted treat.

Find the recipe here.

19. Let your guests burn off all that sugar with a match or two of backyard Quidditch.

All you have to do is spray paint hula hoops and nail them into wood. Learn more here.

20. A magical creatures hunt also makes for a fun activity.

Hide in the backyard or house "magical creatures" like dragon eggs, snakes, and rats (all courtesy of the dollar section, of course), and then challenge your guests to find as many as possible. Learn more here.

21. Want an out of the box activity? Try giving your guests "flying lessons."

22. Order Harry Potter cake pops your guests will never forget.

Get these amazing creations here.

23. You can also make "Golden Snitch" cake pops in your own kitchen.

Perfect for all the seekers in your life. Find the recipe here.

24. These "acid pops" are also homemade even though they look like they're direct from Honeydukes Sweetshop.

Find the recipe here.

25. When it's time for the actual birthday cake, serve one that reps the four main Hogwarts house colors.

Find the directions here.

26. Make the outside of your cake look as cool as the inside with these cake toppers.

Order them here for $13.45.

27. The best place to serve the cake is in the Great Hall, of course!

You can make the floating candles out of paper towel rolls and flameless tea lights. Learn more here.

28. Finish off the party by having your guests take swings at a homemade Dementor piñata.

Learn how to make one here for just $3.

29. You can also order a specially-made Dementor piñata... or a Harry Potter one!

Order Dementor here for $45, and Harry here for $50.

30. Lastly, send everyone home with this perfect gift bag.

Download or order them here for £2.50 each.

31. You can also DIY these Quidditch treat bags.

Learn more here.

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