The Sorting Hat
On Friday, July 15, we transformed the library into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for our special event: Harry Potter Day!
It was a volunteer program run by our wonderful teen helpers who were in charge of 30 young witches and wizards for the spell-binding afternoon event.
A little over a year ago, I started brainstorming an idea for a teen “fair” that would combine crafts, games and snacks that would have
Young wizards about to be sorted
manned stations around the room so that the kids could walk around and sample different things for themselves. But in order to pull off such an event, I needed much advance planning and a theme. Then it hit me: the last ever Harry Potter movie was coming out on July 15, 2011! Aha! And thus, Harry Potter Day was born!
First things first, we ushered the wizards in and showed them a clip of the Sorting Hat in action, so they knew what to expect. Then they were sorted into the 4 Hogwarts houses: Gryffindor, Syltherin, Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw.
Sorting in action
- Ravenclaw! I think…
After everyone was sorted, we handed out the magic bookmark passes that outlined the events to choose from.
- Bookmark passes
Then they were on their way. Events included:
- a table to make Harry Potter glasses out of pipecleaners and get a lightning bolt tattoo to take home
- Ollivander’s Wand Shop where wizards made their own wands out of chocolate-dipped pretzel rods
- wizard hats out of chocolate cookies and Hershey’s kisses
- broomstick pencil topper crafts
- The Three Broomsticks
- Broomsticks for quidditch
- Dress like Harry Potter
- Three Broomsticks Pub
- Ollivander’s Wand Shop
- Butterbeer! (Underage wizards consumed no alcohol!)
Wizards in action!
After trying the various crafts and goodies, we rounded up the group for raffles (we gave away Harry Potter Legos, bookmarks, pens, and themed candy). We had some time for trivia on the big screen and then it was time to hand out the favors: Jelly Belly’s in little cauldrons to replicate Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans (without the gross flavors, sorry!)
- Bertie Botts
We had around 60 kids and teens attend our special day, and I think everyone left happy, hyper and excited to see the movie later that weekend. It was a great event and we will definitely be having more volunteer programs so don’t forget to register for programs!
Your Hogwarts Headmistress,