Break out the Butterbeer and party like it’s 2007, because Harry and the gang are back for another round of shenanigans with the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child — Parts I and II on July 31st. And Muggles and wizards alike can hardly contain their excitement. If you’re planning a bash to commemorate this momentous occasion (and why wouldn’t you?), here are some suggestions to ensure this is a night no memory charm could ever make you forget:
Dish Out Some Of Your Favorite Recipes From:
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory--More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards
by Dinah Bucholz
If you’re wondering what it’s like to dine in the Great Hall, you can count on this book’s array of taste-tempting wizarding treats to end the suspense. Whether your palate craves something savory or sweet, you don’t need a spell to bring this magic to life right in your own kitchen… though when everyone applauds you as the new favorite chef among your group of friends, you may just wonder if there wasn’t a little bit of enchantment involved.
Sip Some Tea.
This staple of both British culture and the lives of Harry and his friends presents an excellent choice of refreshment at your soirée. Plus, when you’re finished, you can offer to read each other’s tea leaves. Be sure to tell someone they’ve got the Grim. Heck, tell everyone they’ve got the Grim. Parties are for going big, after all. Professor Trelawney would be so proud.
Play “Pin The Sock On The House Elf.”
Provided the house elf is Dobby. And actually, why stop at socks? Dobby loves clothing, so deck him out! Give each player at the party a different article of apparel — a hat, a sweater, some pants — and everyone can be a winner!
Host A Horcrux-Themed Scavenger Hunt.
Since we can currently only dream of the day when Harry Potter will have its own augmented reality game in the vein of Pokémon Go, you’ll have to improvise on that front for now. Get your party guests outside and have them search for the Horcruxes that will bring about Voldemort’s demise… Maybe skip the live snake, though.
Play Scrabble Or Bananagrams, Using Names Of Characters, Places, And Spells From The Books.
Now you can finally tell all those Scrabble sticklers that, yes, Snargaluff is a word — and a triple word score at that! The victory is finally yours, and you didn’t even have to use the Confundus charm on anyone to get it.
However you choose to celebrate the re-emergence of Harry Potter back in our lives — with any of these ideas or one of your own — one thing’s for sure: it will be a most magical day, indeed.
Pass the pumpkin juice, please...