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PARTY GAME IDEAS
Be Creative... most any party game can be changed
to a HARRY POTTER version... Some ideas are listed
simply to help you be creative in "converting" other
age-appropriate children's party games and activities.
Remember the "Pin The Tail On The Donkey" game? Draw
and color a large picture of Harry Potter (or any
character) on white butcher paper. Make "black eyeglasses"
or other item you select (ear, nose, etc.) on Post-It
notes so that each guest gets one to pin on when they
are blindfolded and turned around several times. You
now have a Pin The Glasses On Harry game.
Everyone's heard of the dance game "Hokey Pokey"...
make yours the Hermione Giggle!
The "Hot Potato" game can now be called Nearly Headless
Nick. Play this game to some fast music using a doll
with the head removed. Start the music and the children
continue to pass the toy to the person next to them
until the music stops. The person holding the toy
is out of the game. Start the music and the toy passing
again, stop the music, the guest with the toy is out.
Continue until only one player is left. "Musical Chairs"
has the same rules only using chairs. Place out one
less chair than their are kids, start the music. When
it stops, the kids rush for a chair. The one left
standing is out of the game and one chair is removed.
Continue till there is only one person left. Call
your game the Moaning Myrtle Polka.
Remember the Ice Breaker Game where every guest has
a sign pinned to their back and they have to guess
who or what they are (game ideas and how'to's -- http://www.thepartyworks.com
icebreakers.htm ). Call this game the Sorting Hat.
When everyone has found their partner, play a game.
How about Transfiguration? This is the game of Charades
using characters for the kids to act out. Such as
being magically transformed by a Wizard into a teapot,
a chair, a frog, etc.
Or how about the Hogwart School Quiz? Prior to the
party, handwrite or type a master list... the alphabet.
Down the left side of the paper, put one letter on
each line (A, B, C, D, etc.) until all 26 letters
are listed and photocopy. Give guests one copy, a
pencil and ten to fifteen minutes to fill in the blanks.
The object is to list something from the Harry Potter
stories for each letter of the alphabet. A friend
just had a party where this game was played with 9
year olds... they loved it and the winner had 17 letters
Or Potter-Mon-Ingo? Make up Bingo cards using Harry
Potter characters (pictures for little kids, written
names for older kids). Ensure that all the Bingo cards
are different or everyone will be winners. Kids like
this game so much they will want to play many times.
Don't forget Golden-Snitch-Seek! Assign the kids to
teams (2 to 4 each) and let them find clues hidden
around the house that will bring them to their treasure,
their party-filled loot bags or other small toy or
game cards. The clues should be different for each
team or they'll be all over each other. This is not
a contest nor a race, simply a fun activity. Clues
should be simple. For instance, "back of chair" (could
be any chair in the house) and when they find the
right chair, there is another clue, such as "under
table". A list should contain four to eight clues
and the team must stay together as they search. The
winner will find the Golden Snitch first. (Use a hockey
puck and spray paint it gold).
Quidditch-Trivia is always fun because it is the simple
game of "20 Questions" you've created about with trivia
questions about the game, players, equipment, characters.
Professor Lockhart's "Memory Game" which can played
in a couple of ways. You can use two of the same playing
cards or cards you've made up ahead of time, in many
designs or words, say 20 sets. These are shuffled
and placed face down so you can't see the character.
The first person selects any two cards and turns them
over. If they match, he/she gets to keep the pair;
if they don't match, the cards are turned face down
again after all the players have seen them. The next
player turns up any two cards and play continues until
all cards are matched. The kid with the most pairs
is the winner. Another way to play this game is to
give everyone a piece of paper and pencil. Call out
the name of a Harry Potter character or object, and
everyone has to draw it... When everyone is finished,
have them write their names on the back. Gather them
all up and let all the kids guess the character's
name and write it on their sheet of paper.
Party activities can include House Rivalry (face painting)
using symbols of the four Hogwart Houses. For the
artist-in-you, paint a character on the cheek of one
guest and ask all the other kids try to guess what
Harry Potter friend it is. Continue until all the
guests have their cheeks painted.
And why not start your own set of trading cards and
call it Potter-(name of birthday child)... if the
child's name is Maria or Ben, then this activity is
called Potter-Maria or Potter-Ben. Give the children
3x5 white index cards (no lines) along with colored
markers, crayons and pencils and let them design their
very own Harry Potter character including the name
and what this little being does. Put all the cards
on display and award prizes for the most creative,
the funniest, cutest, ugliest, scariest, etc. and
ensure that all the children get a prize. The kids
can trade cards with one another to take home as a
Rather than store-bought invites, do Hogwart School-Tations,
which are invitations that are hand-drawn Harry Potter
characters on one side and written party details on
the other side of mini blank puzzles (purchase at
a stationary store). Break up one puzzle and put in
an envelope for each guest. A simpler idea is to send
a blank puzzle to each guest and ask them to draw
their favorite Harry Potter character on it and bring
it to the party with them. These can be traded with
other guests to take home as a party favor.
Spell-Erts are birthday cakes... decorate a round
or rectangle cake and decorate (using colored frosting)
lightening bolts and spells, using purple, white and
black icing. Y
Well... you get the idea -- be creative and make your
party unique and one-of-akind...
You are ready to have wonderfully enjoyable Harry
Potter Party Games!