Last Friday the day my eldest had been looking forward to since his birthday finally arrived – his birthday party. This year the theme was Harry Potter.
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We’ve been reading the Harry Potter series books in English together for about a year now, having just started the fourth one, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. My son loves them. I surprised myself and found that I love them too. Prior to last year I had never read a Harry Potter book.
When we decided on the Harry Potter theme it didn’t click straight away that my son’s friends would know the Dutch versions of everything but probably not the English ones. And that means that some of the characters have different names: Dumbledore is Perkamentus; Hermione is Hermelien; Ron Weasley is Ron Wemel and Vernon Dursley is Herman Duffeling. The snitch is a snaai and even Hogwarts changes and becomes Zweinstein. Another twist of expat life when you’re least expecting it! It went ahead in English – but the films were watched dubbed in Dutch.
The week leading up to the party I landed in bed with flu and my husband was still battling the mother of all ear infections that had had him consulting an ENT specialist in our local hospital. We mumbled about postponing. There were tears. We backed off. And it went ahead……
It all started with the invitations of course and my son and I thought this was just perfect for a Harry Potter party….
The table was set with a gold and black theme, scattered with gold stars, adorned with candle sticks, and we hung lantern and spider decorations from the ceiling (all purchased from Tuf-Tuf).
And of course there were owls….. (cage from Xenos).
and my husband crafted beautiful wands with chopsticks, a glue gun and wire ….. (see tutorial here)
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And of course there was some food of the edible variety too. At my son’s request there were hapjes, so bits and pieces. We’d also agreed that he’d have a birthday cake on his actual birthday and cupcakes for his party. You can find instructions for the broomsticks here.
I had added a couple of sparklers but as soon as they had gone out ‘Harry’ was trying to get them on again with a quick wave of his wand and a cry of, “Lumos!”
Once the children had eaten, waved their wands about and turned each other into frogs, statues and zombies, done a word search (which turned extremely competitive!!) they sat and watched the first Harry Potter film, which was one of the highlights for my son as it was the first time he had seen the movie. Some of the children then went home, and those who were staying for a sleepover magicked on their pyjamas and settled in to watch the second Harry Potter film…..
It was all in all a successful party – my son was actually quite depressed on Sunday that it was all over. There was lots more we could have done (see my Pinterest board for more Harry Potter Party ideas) if we hadn’t been ill, if we had wanted to turn it up a notch, but for my son it was the perfect party! In fact, we’ve kept all the props we used because I have a feeling this won’t be the last time Harry Potter makes an appearance in our house – my five year old was blown away by the theme too….
Over to You: Ever thrown a Harry Potter party? Are your children Potter fans? What are the main characters called in your language?