Did you get your letter? It’s time to start classes again! Millions of Harry Potter fans recognize September 1st as Back to Hogwarts Day. The beloved series by J.K. Rowling is still going strong after all these years. Are you a fan? Are you looking for ways to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day? Check out the following ways to celebrate going back to Hogwarts.
9 Ways to Celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day
Having fun is the best way to celebrate Back to Hogwarts Day. Whether you celebrate alone, online, or with family and friends, spend time enjoying the beloved series.
- Read: Cozy up with your favorite Harry Potter book and revisit the Wizarding World. Start over by reading the first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
- Listen: If you have a busy schedule, listening to the audiobooks is a great way to multitask.
- Watch: Host a movie night. (Yes, movie night can consist of just you and your cat.) Watch one or go for a complete marathon of all the Harry Potter movies.
- Crafts: Let your creative side shine through on Back to Hogwarts Day. From potion bottles to jewelry, making crafts is a great way to celebrate. The best part, you can always watch or listen to Harry Potter while working on your creative project.
- Food & Drinks: Butterbeer, chocolate frogs, licorice wands, and much more. Creating the food and beverages from the Harry Potter series is one of the best ways to celebrate. Plus, you can always eat and drink these tasty treats while watching the movies.
- Lego: Pick up a new Harry Potter themed Lego set for an improtu family night. From the Hogwarts Castle to Hagrid’s Hut, each themed Lego set represents a different area in the Wizarding World. Who knows maybe you will end up with entire room of Harry Potter Lego sets.
- Game Night: Host a Harry Potter themed game night. Order in pizza and play your favorite Wizarding World related video or board game.
- Online: Meet and chat with other fans in your favorite Harry Potter group.
- Write: Do you like to write? Write fanfiction. Create your own version of the Wizarding World.
Have fun! Enjoy J.K Rowling’s magnificent series about “The Boy Who Lived.”
In J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, owls are useful for sending letters, packages, and more. If you were attending Hogwart’s, wouldn’t you want an owl?
Now think about your owl:
- What is the color of your owl?
- What color eyes does your owl have?
- What is your owl’s name?
- Who would be the first person you sent a letter to via your owl?
- A ceramic owl (Wal-Mart sells ceramic owls for under $4).
- Paint in the colors of your choice
- Put newspaper or other protective material down for painting.
- Paint your owl.
- Allow your owl to dry.
- Display your owl, proudly.
Write a story about your owl. Enjoy the entire creative process of making your owl.
Are you looking for inspiration for Harry Potter themed crafts to celebrate his birthday on July 31st? Create an owl or other animal from felt cut-outs.
At Hogwarts, you can bring an animal. As J.K. Rowling’s character Hagrid states, “Tell, yeh what, I’ll get your animal. Not a toad, toads went outta fashion years ago, yeh’d be laughed at-an, I don’t like cats, they make me sneeze. I’ll get yer owl. All the kids want owls, they’re dead useful. carry yer mail an everything.'” (Rowling, 1998). So what would you bring?
Felt Owl Craft
The felt owl craft is an easy project. With a little assistance, even the youngest family members can create a personalized felt owl.
- Pre-cut felt animal shapes or felt to cut (Note: the pre-cut owl shapes are stiffer which makes gluing items on the material easier)
- Googly eyes
- Yarn pieces
- Material scraps
- Tacky glue
- Paint or permanent markers
- Pipe cleaners
- Gather your desired materials.
- Create your personalized owl by gluing desired materials on to the felt cut-out.
- Allow your pet creation to dry for at least 24-hours.
- Display proudly.
Creating one-of-a-kind owls or other animals is the best part of this easy Harry Potter inspired craft.
Rowling, J. K. (1998). Harry Potter and the sorcerer’s stone. New York: Arthur A. Levine Books
I am a full believer in celebrating life. Small celebrations bring lasting memories. Every day our daily schedules and commitments keep us busy. Enjoying little moments is a necessity. For fans of the Harry Potter series, myself included, today, July 31st represents the fictional character, Harry Potter’s birthday. Along with Harry, J.K. Rowling celebrates her birthday today too.
In the book, Rubeus Hagrid provides Harry with a birthday cake on his 11th birthday. The simple scene from the Keeper of the Keys immediately ushers us into the magical world of Harry Potter. Why not incorporate his birthday into a family fun night? Or invite your friends for some magical fun.
In a couple weeks, school, homework, sports and enforced bedtime routines will be part of your already full schedule. Take a moment to enjoy the little things and celebrate “The Boy Who Lived”.
Rowling, J. K., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. London: Bloomsbury Children’s, 1997.