Harry Potter-inspired Birthday Party (Part 4, Quidditch)

I thought I could package all the party games together in one post but we all know that Quidditch deserves a post all to itself ;)…..

You can google rules for Quidditch, and there are plenty of people who shared how they played at their childrens’ parties – you can find some I’ve pinned on my Harry Potter Party Pinterest board. So the birthday boy and I set about creating some rules that would fit with our party.

How we played:

All players must stay on their broomsticks. Since they were actual sticks, they must all be careful with how they moved around.

But first they had to learn how to fly their broomsticks. So we had a quick broomstick flying lesson!

Everyone stood with their broom to their right. “Up!” they all said. Nothing happened. “Up!” they said again. Again, nothing happened. Then the ‘professor’ saw something in the distance and told everyone to “Look over there!” When they looked back, his broomstick had magically flown up to his hand! Amazing!

HP birthday party - learn to fly your broomstick

The students were ready to move on to playing…

The two teams as decided from the previous game lined up at either end of our games area. The Quaffle (a largish, light ball) and two Bludgers (handballs) were thrown into the middle of the pitch. Each team ran to get the balls. The Quaffle was passed between team-mates with the aim of throwing it through the appropriate goal. Bludgers were thrown at whoever had the Quaffle (not too hard, they weren’t playing brandings!) and if that person was hit, they must immediately pass the ball and stand still for 3 seconds.

We didn’t bother with a Snitch at all, and by the end of the game the Bludgers had been completely forgotten!

We did need to re-negotiate the rules (ie add some new ones!) – no goalies to guard the goal, and you must be 5 metres from the goal to shoot.

Here are the broomsticks that we made:

HP DIY broomsticks

They were made from sticks we collected from a Gum Tree in our back yard. Clean straw that would normally be used for our bunny was tied on with twine. I think the party boys were impressed with these!

The goals were made from hula hoops. I used the tutorial from Jonesing2create which was quite straightforward. Unfortunately our goals didn’t cost under $2.50 to make since the hoops cost $4 each. The connectors cost just over $1 each, and we had the stakes already. But we can easily dismantle the goals and turn them back into hoops, and they will be used again.

HP birthday party Quidditch 4

Here are a few photos from the game:

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The boys worked out that having to hold onto their broomstick with one hand was a bit tricky, so they mostly gripped the broomstick with their legs and waddled about! They looked pretty funny! But they had two free hands to throw and catch the Quaffle.

HP birthday party Quidditch 5

We didn’t keep score for any of the games we played, and no prizes were handed out. I like to think the fun they all had playing unusual games was ‘prize’ enough. And no-one has ever complained about not winning a prize!

Next post – the birthday cake…

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Harry Potter-inspired Birthday Party (Part 3, including games and refreshments)

Following on from my two previous posts on our recent Harry Potter themed party, today I will share what we ate and drank, and the games we played. But you’ll have to read the next post to find out how we played Quidditch!

Our party was held mid-afternoon in a park. So a main meal was not required, nor could we provide steaming hot food. I stumbled across this site where all food and drinks mentioned in the Harry Potter books is listed . A great help!

So ham sandwiches it was 😉 Along with the usual chips, dip, biscuits…and jelly. Always have to have jelly!

HP birthday party jelly cups

As I do every year, each boy received a personalized water bottle – this year I made an easy label saying ‘Aquavena Cooling Potion’ 🙂 I used PicMonkey to make the graphic, then printed it up on A4 paper which is the perfect width to fit around the bottle.

HP birthday party water bottles

There was also juice and soft drink, but they mostly just drank water. And of course there was birthday cake and Butterbeer…but you’ll have to wait for the next post to see that!

On to the games…

I started by having them choose a wand, or rather, having the wand choose them. I simply had each boy shut his eyes, then feel the wands to see which one fitted nicely in his hand.

Scavenger hunt: I asked the boys to search for some escaped magical creatures. I took inspiration from this idea, but didn’t have a letter to read out. I didn’t think the boys would stay still long enough to read it out and explain what they needed to do! Also, I knew some boys didn’t know the Harry Potter stories, so it wouldn’t have meant much to them.

We had a tub of dragons which were hidden around the Forbidden Forest where our party was sited. I wanted the boys to look carefully for specific creatures, not just the first ones they found. So I put two dabs of coloured nail polish on the base of each wand, and they had to find a dragon of each colour.

They got to take home their magical creatures if they wanted to (and if they could remember where they put them!)

Wingardium Leviosa balloon relay: For this game I needed to divide the boys up into two teams. Rather than using a sorting hat to sort them into houses, I had them randomly choose a red or blue streamer which they tied around their wrist…or their heads! This way no-one could get upset over which team they were on.

We had marked out a games area, and set the two teams up so they could do a relay. Each team had a balloon, and they used their wands and the levitating spell Wingardium Leviosa to complete the relay. They seemed to enjoy this more than I expected! And they obviously had good control of their wands and balloons as they didn’t let the balloons pop until the game was over!

balloons

Pin the Snitch on the Wings: I thought we might be over the ‘pin the…’ game, but the birthday boy was keen to have it. I wasn’t in the mood to paint a great picture (like I did last year and the year before), so I came up Pin the Snitch on the Wings. It didn’t take too long to draw and paint. And it reflected the Snitch they would get in their party bags.

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Dementor Tag: If you know how to play Bullrush, you know how to play Dementor Tag 🙂 Using the area we marked out before the party started, one boy was chosen to be the first Dementor. He stood in the middle of the playing area, while the rest of the boys lined up at one end. When told to run, they all tried to make it to the other end without being tagged/tipped by the Dementor. Anyone who was tagged also became a Dementor and tried to catch more boys. They played several rounds of this game, with a new Dementor starting each time. I was fairly sure this game would be popular, and look at the smiles on the faces!

HP birthday party Dementor Tag

They all needed something to eat and drink after that! (Of course, they were able to stop for refreshment at any time.)

To finish the party, we played Quidditch. But I think that deserves a post of its own

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Harry Potter-inspired Birthday Party (Part 2, including broomsticks and a photo prop)

Following on from my last party post, I’ve got a couple more props that were prepared before the big day.

Firstly, broomsticks!

A Harry Potter party wouldn’t be complete without a game of Quidditch, and you can’t play Quidditch without a broomstick!

I was looking for ways to make broomsticks without actually using sticks – you know, boys and sticks is not always a pretty picture. But one day the men of this house took themselves off to do some secret mens’ business. And came up with these:

HP DIY broomsticks

They collected sticks fallen from our large Gum Tree, then tied on bundles of straw that we use for our bunny. Clean unused straw, of course!

When they surprised me with their work, there was no way I would have said we weren’t going to use them!

Secondly, I made up a photo prop:

HP Have You Seen this Wizard photo prop

I pinned a few examples of other people’s takes on this on my Harry Potter Party Pinterest board.

On a piece of cardboard I sketched out how I wanted to place things. I found an old, unused picture frame to use as a base, and made sure my cut out portion fitted over it.

Once I had roughly worked out how it would look, I started measuring and ruling so everything would be even and straight.

HP Have you seen this wizard

I still free-handed the final version. I didn’t want it to look like I had bought it from a shop!

The boys had great fun putting on their best ‘escaped prisoner’ face for the camera. I made sure to take one of each boy separately for the party album…but I didn’t get one of just my boy 😦

HP Have You Seen this Wizard photo prop

Have you used a photo booth-type set up at a party?

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