This program was all about a “magical” day at Hogwarts! I had several activities to represent the different classes a student would attend. Sadly, flying was out I think I got most of the important stuff.
DADA- Chalk Patronus
We started our evening by making a chalk patronus. Each kid got a piece of black construction paper and some colored chalk to draw their own patronus. I know there was a wolf and a tiger. A lot of kids didn’t know what a patronus was so I don’t know if I would do this specific activity again.
For our next activity it was very important to make a wand. Our wands just happened to be tasty pretzel rods, swirled in chocolate and topped with sprinkles of the patron’s choosing. The hardest part was telling the kids they couldn’t eat them right away and they had to wait (both for the chocolate to harden and for another activity). And yes, I know there is no Ollivander’s at Hogwarts, but getting a wand is pretty important for the whole magic concept so no one complained.
Care of Magical Creatures Pygmy Puff
I set out yarn, pipe cleaners, and googley eyes for us to make a pom-pom pygmy puff to represent care of magical creatures and they activity was meh. The directions honestly are not hard, but I lost a lot of time walking around and helping everyone. I will probably replace this with these super cute wrist owls from Pop Goes the Page.
Charms Wand Motions
Now grab those wands and get ready to learn some basic wand motions. I had the whole “class” stand and used this chart to teach wingardium leviosa, lumos, and nox. I will absolutely do this activity again (or something similar) as it was so easy and absolutely adorable.
Ilvermorny House Sorting – Would you rather game
I made the decision not to do a Hogwarts sorting because I wanted to avoid breaking up families or anyone upset with their Harry potter houses. I was inspired by the upcoming Fantastic Beasts premiere to do an Ilvermorny house sorting instead. This sorting was pretty low-tech but incorporated some of the questions from a Harry Potter “would you rather” game. Each question had an answer represented by 4 different colors which were code for the 4 different houses. So I question would read “Would you rather pet a unicorn (blue) or ride a hippogriff (red) Each patron got a paper with the different colors and put hash marks next to their answers. At the end we tallied up the marks and the houses were revealed. I think this worked well for the sorting because it was more personal, but I had to edit on the fly when I realized a lot of kids actually hadn’t been exposed to much Harry Potter yet and wouldn’t understand a lot of the questions.
Divination – Aura Revealing Drink
The final activity was one of my favorites. I have seen people reading tea leaves for divination but I ran across a post on pinterest of someone who made magical divination drinks by hiding some food coloring under ice. When a beverage is poured on the ice it changes color and reveals the hidden aura. Needless to say the kids thought this was amazing. I also had them close their eyes and think for a moment about themselves to examine what they were proud of so it didn’t matter what color they got, they were so excited.
Overall this was a really fun program so I was a little bummed at the turnout. I think next time I have to use the words “Harry Potter” in the description and not just heavily imply that it is a Harry Potter-themed program. I also think it might help to try and schedule a Harry Potter program in October instead of November.
Activity: DADA- Chalk Patronus
Activity: Ollivander’s Wands
Activity: Care of Magical Creatures Pygmy Puff
Activity: Charms Wand Motions
Activity: Ilvermorny House Sorting – Would you rather game
Activity: Divination – Aura Revealing Drink