7 Ways to Get in on the Latest Harry Potter Craze
Are we having collective déjà vu? It’d be a worthy question the past few days. Voldemort and Hagrid look-alikes are roaming the streets. Kids who look uncannily like young Daniel Radcliffe are waiting for hours in line in front of Scholastic bookstores for some inexplicable reason. There’s a mysterious Harry Potter excitement in the air, and also a lot of confusion. What the muggle is going on???
Don’t worry. We’re Harry Potter fans over here at Shoplet too. And we’re here to help sort things out much like the Sorting Hat in the Philosopher’s… ah nevermind. We’re going to explain all AND manage not to ruin anything (if such a thing is possible). And if your inner Harry Potter fan decides to dust off the old robes and re-emerge after reading this post, we will have some suggestions for hosting an awesome themed party that everyone will want to Time-Turn their way back to again and again (We nailed that pun, right?).
So for those of you who don’t know, here’s a quick recap of the latest installment – and for those of you that do, skip ahead to the list for some great ideas on how to get in on the fun!
In 2013 J.K. Rowling revealed that a stage play based on Harry Potter was in development. That play, titled Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, finally opened last weekend. It a long one, topping at 5+ hours and is broken into two parts. Unfortunately the actual play is currently only showing in the West End, London. But the illustrious J.K. Rowling decided to release the written version of the play worldwide on the opening night of the performance. She said that she wanted to give all of the Harry Potter fans who are unable to attend the play the opportunity to dive into the wizarding world once more.
Rowling tried pretty hard to keep most of the plot secret, but this general summary was released by the publisher last year (don’t worry, it’s pretty, well, general):
It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.
Sounds pretty cool, right? You can check out the Pottermore site for teasers – or tickets – to the play. The script itself is available for purchase practically everywhere. Here’s Scholastic’s page if you are in the US and Waterstones in the UK, if you want to check it out.
So you have the script, read the play reviews (they’re pretty good), but you still feel like having some more fun? Here are 7 ways to cash in on the fun by hosting your own Harry Potter party. Hey, adults can play too!
1. Make your entrance Platform 9 3/4
2. Prisoner of Azkaban photo sessions
Another one that’s simple and fun. You can even make a .gif or Vine on your phone so it looks like the real thing. Only the right size poster board, scissors and a Sharpie are needed. Here’s how! (UK: poster board, scissors and Sharpie)
3. DIY some wands and had them out to guests
You’ll need a glue gun, glue, spray paint and some long cooking chopsticks. Get the instructions here. Remember that the wand chooses the wizard, so make picking one out a blindfolded game. (UK: Glue gun and glue)
4. Potion bottles, potion bottles, potion bottles
You can purchase them here by the case, or just use some old food jars you have around. Use different kinds of tea for color, and add some greens like mint or basil to make it look like an authentic concoction. You can even add labels for potions like ‘gillyweed’! (UK: glass jars and labels)
5. Don’t forget Butterbeer!
6. Backyard Quidditch
The muggle version of this game is pretty simple. But, you’ll need some brooms and bludgers (just some gym balls), a gold-painted golf ball to hide, some old hula hoops and a lot of energy. Trust us, after all that Butterbeer you’ll be happy for the exercise.
7. Magical Creatures scavenger hunt
It’s a fun way to use all of those old plastic toys that are in the attic or playroom. Dust them off and give them new life as dragons, spiders, centaurs and werewolves. Hide them all over and hold a scavenger hunt to find them all! Your nearest joke shop or dollar store should have them if you don’t.
Well, that’s it for now all you wizards and wizard-friendly muggles. If you have any other fun tips or suggestions let us know in the comments. Here’s a creepy photo of He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named to send you all on your wizarding way: