Saturday, 10 September 2011

Expelliarmus!

I have a pair of mad keen Harry Potter fans here. They call themselves Hermione and Ginny, or sometimes Luna. They have pinched our old college gowns (in Oxford you have to wear black gowns to take exams and on various other formal occasions so every student has one) and pair them with school uniform even on non school days. They have watched the first three films over and over; those from Goblet of Fire onwards are far too visually intense for them yet. They have lain on my bed for hours and hours listening to me reading to them; we're currently halfway through the Half Blood Prince. They are each rereading the earlier books - Tall Small is reading about 3 of them at once!

So when I asked them what they'd like to do over the summer, the top request was for Harry Potter day. Ah, OK. What does that involve then?

Well, first of all you need to find your Hogwarts uniform:


Then you need a wand, complete with a treasure for its magical core - one had a special fluffy feather, the other had a piece of wool from the mane of a very well loved unicorn.


(Instructions for wand making are here, though you really don't need them)

You need a Sorting Hat (though in this house we all ended up in Gryffindor, of course):


Not my proudest crafting moment but it did the job - until I sat on it.

For the first night feast you need to eat special magic biscuits decorated with appropriate symbols:


and you need to drink butterbeer - an alarming combination of cream soda and Nigella's butterscotch sauce which tasted far more delicious than it had any right to do.


Then, and only then, can you sit down and watch one of the films, for the fiftieth time. And if you're really lucky, you get to do it all over again the next day!

27 comments:

  1. Sounds wonderful, hurrah for Harry Potter day! x

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  2. I want to come and play at your house!

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  3. I love harry potter days! your girls look totally adorable in the gowns x

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  4. How wonderful! Wingardium Leviosa and all that! I have a HUGE Harry Potter fan here too. She has been reading the books all year and is now onto the last one. This week she has to do a presentation about herself at school and it's pretty much all Harry Potter based including her chosen object to best describe herself - a golden snitch! Will you be knitting Gryffindor scarves for Christmas?!

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  5. What fun! Ah, Harry Potter, we was so sad when all the books were finished!

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  6. How fantastic! It looks like you've all had a wonderful HP summer! I must say though, I'm a wee bit appalled that you sat on the sorting hat -- did it scream LOL?

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  7. That sounds like lots of fun!

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  8. Oh that all looks like so much fun! What great ideas - especially love the wands with the magical cores.

    Daughter discovered the HP books this summer and has been immersed in the world and the films for months. I'm itching to read them all again myself after she's done!

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  9. Ah, that takes me back, only it was Star Wars mania here. No2 was donned in a little brown cape/gown thingy with a hood and was in permanent possession of a light sabre. He could make that swooshing sound perfectly!

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  10. It sounds fabulous! We went to Alnwick Castle over the holiday, where Hogwarts was filmed, and did broomstick training and wandmaking. Your version looks far superior, though.

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  11. What a fantastic way to spend the day! Lucy xx

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  12. They look truly ACE in their uniforms and that hat is fantastic. I loved hearing their excitement about HP when they were round here.

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  13. OK, you make me feel v inadequate as a mother ... we didn't do anything half exciting as a HP Day. And what do you mean that the hat is not your proudest crafting moment (?) I think it looks amazing, what a shame you sat on it LOL.

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  14. Oh Val you are such a good mum - what a fab day. Wish I was little enough to come and join in - sadly if I did I'd be on the receiving end of some very withering looks from Amy! Looks like so much fun though!

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  15. So much fun...I love world of Harry Potter! :o) Happy Days ((HUGS))

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  16. Miss T would have loved to have joined in, a huge Harry Potter fan! She has joined a website called pottermore and was sorted into Huffelpuff, much to her - well huffing and puffing!

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  17. Wish my big two were into HP, I've been encouraging them but perhaps an incredible HP day is what's needed. Not sure I could make a sorting hat tho and my beret just wouldn't be the same!

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  18. Sounds like a perfect way to spend a day. We've been busy playing lego Harry Potter on the Wii. Not quite so creative.

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  19. Reminds me of the time the now 27 year old Girlie lived and breathed Mary Poppins. We had to hide the video in the end.

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  20. That sounds so fantastic. Those girls are lucky to have a brilliant mum.

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  21. Your HP day sounds fab! I read a blog where they held a HP party and hid a mobile phone on speaker in the sorting hat. The hat then spoke whenever it was placed upon someone's head. Genius idea!

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  22. That is one sensational hat. And as always, I wish you were my mother.

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  23. What a fantastic sorting hat! Your girls are very lucky having you for a Mum :o)

    We've watched the films a billion times too but, much as I encourage it, my two haven't been drawn into the magic of the books yet which is a real shame as I love them!

    xx

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  24. What fun! I have to say that even as a thirty somethign year old I am listening to my Stephen Fry audio books of the Goblet of Fire as I commute to work in the car.

    I love the costumes! My other half went to Cambridge and won a fancy dress competition some years ago with very little effore at all. His college colours are the same as Gryffindor, so it too alarmingly little effort. One college tie, one college scarf, one gown, one first prize. There were some rather miffed young people there too!

    Glad your smalls are having so much fun.

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  25. oh my god!

    No 2 is going to move in with you... after all the girls need a Harry in their games, right?

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  26. So funny - I just packed away a whole box of Harry Potter Halloween stuff - obviously I'm just a child at heart - we had a silly themed party some years back and I haven't been able to donate all our wands, outfits etc. Your sorting hat is amazing by the way - I brought ours - but I think yours is way better - sat on or not.

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  27. Hi Dotty, Just wanted to mention that whenever I open your blog on my favourites, it comes up as password protected for 'Skirmish of wit'. Should this be there, do you think? Sorry to write in your comments, but couldn't see email address. Thanks!

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