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J.K. Rowling's infamous Harry Potter books have sold more than 250 million copies. It's an understatement to say that children love Harry Potter. "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" was the fastest selling book in history, with more than 8.9 million copies snatched up within the first 24 hours of its release.
Therefore, it shouldn't surprise you if your child wants a Harry Potter birthday party. Nor will it be hard to stick to the theme with all the ideas and party supplies available on the market. Here are some ideas for a very Harry Potter party, courtesy of Anita M. Smith, author of "Theme Birthday Parties for Children."
Party invitations: use tan or yellowish parchment paper or computer paper with a scroll design on it
Decorations: there is a lot to choose from in birthday party supply stores. Hang scarlet and gold or red and yellow birthday balloons and streamers. Prop broomsticks around the house. Place a black cauldron near the door with candy in it for arriving guests (there is even Harry Potter candy such as Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans available at some candy stores if you really want to stay in theme). Hang pictures of trolls, owls, cats, mice and unicorns around the house. Suspend a stuffed owl from the ceiling and attach a rolled up letter to its feet. Use signs to name your basement the "Dungeon,"Ã your back yard the "Forbidden Forest" and your kitchen "The Great Hall." Cover a large book with a piece of paper that reads "Magic Spells" and place prominently on the coffee table.
Activities: as guests arrive, ask them the magic password upon entering. If they can guess a password used in the books, give them a piece of candy. Place temporary tattoos in the shape of lightening bolts on guest's foreheads upon entering. Let kids create Muggle magic wands. Have broomstick relay races, a Harry Potter trivia contest, have guests take a crack at a spider-shaped pinata and do amateur magic tricks after looking them up in a book or online.
Food: try to follow the classic British boarding school menu, which includes roasted meats, boiled, roasted or fried potatoes, boiled carrots, Yorkshire pudding and ice cream and cake for dessert. For drinks, serve goblets of soda or juice.