June 24, 2018
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Have a Harry Potter party

By Heather Witherspoon, McClatchy Newspapers

Editors Note: Although Costco and Hobby Lobby are listed as locations to purchase some of the items mentioned in this story, the majority of items can be purchased at most major craft and grocery stores.

As the final movie in the “Harry Potter” series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” hits the big screen, celebrate with a magic-filled, Potter-themed party.

Magical Treats

Bring the Hogwarts Express candy cart to your young wizards with these tasty treats inspired by the sweets in the books.

Bertie Bott’s Jelly Beans

What you need: Triangle cellophane bags ($1.99, Hobby Lobby), metallic twist ties ($1.99 for 50, Hobby Lobby), Jelly Belly’s (large jar, $14.99, Costco), decorative tags ($3.99 for 40 tags Hobby Lobby).

Make it: Fill the bag with ¾ cup beans, add tag to tie and twist around bag.

Chocolate Frogs

What you need: Chocolate frog mold ($2.49, amazon.com), milk chocolate-flavored candy ($5.99 for 2-pound bag, Hobby Lobby)

Make it: Follow directions on bag to melt chocolate. Pour into mold, set mold on cookie sheet and place in freezer until chocolate is firm.

Butter Beer

What you need:

1 cup light or dark brown sugar

2 tablespoons water

6 tablespoons butter

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon cider vinegar

¾ cup heavy cream, divided

½ teaspoon rum extract

Four 12-ounce bottles cream soda

Make it: In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 degrees on a candy thermometer. Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and ¼ heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract. In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until just thickened, but not completely whipped, about 2 to 3 minutes.

To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about ¼ cup for each glass). Add ¼ cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass nearly to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each.

From: http://wizardingworldpark.com/top-5-butterbeer-recipes/2010/08/20/

Wizard Games

Broomstick races

What you need: Use a broomstick from the pantry or buy one online ($17.49, amazon.com), sport cones or plastic cups

How to play: In two parallel straight lines place cones/cups 4 feet apart. With the broomstick between their legs have the children weave through line of cups (like an obstacle course) the one who crosses the finish line first wins.

Catch the Snitch

What you need: Handheld net (butterfly or fish) and tennis balls

How to play: Kids try to catch the balls thrown into the air by an adult. The child who catches the most balls wins.

Set the Mood

Get tableware in Gryffindor colors of red, yellow and black or buy party supplies from partycity.com sporting the characters themselves. Hang a Hogwarts banner on the front door for another festive touch (below: $12.99, amazon.com). More Potter party supplies available at partycity.com.

Take Home Harry

Party favors that include a bag of Bertie Bott’s jelly beans, a chocolate frog wrapped in cellophane and a Harry Potter bookmark ($2.99 for 4, partycity.com) are the perfect way to send your wizards home with a piece of Potter.

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