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Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard Tournament Party

by: Jo

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard Tournament Party
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It’s no secret that our house is filled with Harry Potter fans. When Little Jo turned eight, we threw a party that made her feel like a witch attending Hogwarts. For Mini Me’s eighth birthday, she also wanted a Harry Potter party. I didn’t want to make it exactly like her sister’s so I put a twist on it with a Tri-Wizard Tournament/Yule Ball theme! Let’s take a look at all the fun!

This time, I asked guests to come as certain characters from the book. I was blown away by how the costumes turned out and everyone had a blast getting dressed up! Of course, what Harry Potter themed party would be complete without The Boy Who Lived himself?

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Harry won’t travel far without his trusted snowy owl, Hedwig!

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Ollivander also made an appearance. He enjoyed the party until he had to do a little work later handing out wands.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

For the kids, they each received a robe from one of the Tri-Wizard schools: Hogwarts, Beauxbaton, or Durmstrang.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Witches and wizards can’t compete without a wand! Ollivander made these with our handy DIY wizard wand kits.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Tonks looks on as a Hogwarts witch receives her wand.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

The moment of truth comes when the students get to enter their names into the Goblet of Fire. This goblet was made using a concrete planter attached to a wooden candle base with E-6000. I then spray-painted it with a natural stone finish over a base coat of black. McGeeky had the idea of filling it with rubbing alcohol and lighting it. Needless to say, if you use real flames, make sure you practice proper fire safety!

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Dumbledore supervised the kids putting their names into the goblet.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

The Tri-Wizard tournament was full of challenges, too. The first task was to battle a dragon to get an egg without getting scorched by her flames! A few of the older kids helped out by trying to spray the contestants with Silly String as they approached the dragon.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

A fog machine provided the perfect smoke effect for the dragon.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

For the next task, each witch or wizard received a cauldron, some test tubes, and a parchment with a potion recipe and list of ingredients on it.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Once they read the list, they had to search for their ingredients in the Forbidden Forest.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Hagrid and Aragog were, of course, in the forest to help.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

It’s tricky extracting venom from a giant spider but with Hagrid’s help, the witches and wizards got just what they needed.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Professor Sprout was on hand to help the kids harvest the Dragon’s Breath plant.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

A strand of unicorn tail hair was crucial to the final potion.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Harry assisted with keeping the dragon baby calm while the kids got vials of blood.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Bone dust wasn’t as tricky to find as you might think.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Once they had everything on their list, it was time to mix up the potion. I had them gather lots of various ingredients for effect, but really, the only crucial ones were the spider’s venom (vinegar), bone dust (baking soda), and dragon’s blood (food coloring). They loved that it bubbled up in different colors!


Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

The final task was the Tri-Wizard maze. I created a large maze in my barn, and made the walls with tobacco sheeting that I stapled to the rafters and secured to the floors with bricks. You can find this in giant rolls at your local farm supply store.

The maze had several obstacles, the first of which was the Sphinx, who had a riddle they had to solve. I simply drew a Sphinx onto some foam core, and wrote the question and answer on the back to make it easy for my helper to read aloud.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

The next obstacle was to get across a series of stepping stones. They were asked a question whose answer was the birthday girl’s name, and they had to find the letters to spell her name, and only step on those to get across.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

In part of the maze, a giant spider web blocked the correct pathway, and kids had to crawl through it to get by.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Before they went in, we taught them a few spells. One was “expecto patronum”, which would get rid of the dementor. This spell came in handy when he showed up in the maze and tried to stop them! Once past this point, they exited the maze and their times were recorded.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

After the tournament was over, everyone celebrated at the Yule Ball. The witches and wizards definitely earned their desserts! The kids brought dress-up clothes with them to change for the ball, and enjoyed the fancy feast.

We set up the ball in a white tent and decorated everything with snowflakes, icicles, and white lights. The cake was winter themed as well, with an ice dragon perched atop and hard candy icicles around the edges.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Nostalgia Electrics provided a chocolate fountain that anchored one end of the dessert table. The kids loved dipping everything into the white chocolate!

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Even Dobby took time out from his work in the kitchen to celebrate!

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

Cupcakes were decorated with picks featuring logos from the three wizarding schools.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

The kids looked lovely in their finest!

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

The beverage fountain also came from Nostalgia Electric and was the perfect balance to the chocolate fountain. We filled it with a blue punch that looked perfect on the winter-themed table.

Harry Potter Yule Ball and Tri-Wizard tournament birthday party.

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2 comments so far:

  • 1
    Sherrill 10/31/2017 at 5:54 pm

    Absolutely love the cake with dragon and ice

  • 2
    Jo 11/01/2017 at 9:39 am

    Thanks, Sherrill!

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