Our H.P. Night was celebrated as a party with a craft station and several party games:
Decorate your own wand -
We found this DIY wand directions at the Boxy Colonial blog. My volunteers did the hot gluing and painting before the actual event. At the event, party goers chose a wand then decorated it with pipe-cleaners, feathers, yarn, and lace scraps. Not only did we offer some very unique wands, but some of the children were fabulously creative with the supplies on hand!
What party is complete without snacks? After some searching on the internet I found three easy to make themed snacks: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans (jelly beans, of course), Hufflepuff Cheesepuffs (cheesepuff snacks), and Ollivander's Salty Wands (pretzel sticks).
Every child who answered all of the 12 trivia questions correctly received a gold foil D.A. sticker. One of my interns did an awesome job creating the trivia questions. Without even realizing it, she included a trick question that got many kids researching the correct answer.
Owl Mail -
This fun party game was thought up by another intern of mine. I set out a wicker basket with an owl puppet inside. Party goers threw origami folded letters, addressed to book characters, into the basket.
Pin the glasses on Harry -
Just like the classic Pin the Tail on the Donkey game. I made some paper spectacles that were then placed on a charming picture of a young Daniel Radcliffe by blind-folded party goers.
Mini Quidditch -
Inspired by this Quidditch drinking game, we created our own hoops on library tables. The party goers then hit pop-pom quaffles through the hoops with paintbrush "brooms". The children actually had a fun time playing this challenging game.
Reflection - This was a well attended library event. Some staff members requested to be involved in the planning of this event next year.