Out of all the fandoms, Harry Potter’s Potterheads are perhaps some of the most dedicated in the world. This is likely because they grew up with the books and perhaps see themselves in the beloved characters. Harry Potter fans will often collect memorabilia, go to conventions or even theme their weddings around the fantasy series, so if the Potterhead in your life has a birthday coming up, why not add some wizard-like magic to their day?
Here are some great ideas for planning a Harry Potter themed birthday for kids or adults.
Take a Harry Potter Walking Tour
If you live close to London, York or Edinburgh, you can take a walking Harry Potter tour with Silverscreen Tours, which takes in a number of locations from the movies. Led by a Potter fan, you’ll see many of the filming locations and you and your loved one can pose for selfies in places like:
- The café where JK Rowling started writing her books
- Platform 9 ¾
- The Leaky Cauldron
- Diagon Alley
Harry Potter fans will love spending their birthday immersing themselves in this fantasy world and seeing where their heroes once stood.
Visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Set in North London, the Warner Bros. studio tour is also the perfect day out for Potterheads, allowing them to step into Harry Potter’s footsteps. You can explore the sets, see costumes and props up close, and learn more about the making of the films. You can also see how the special effects were created and enjoy hands-on experiences. Forgotten to get them a birthday gift? The gift shop is packed with unique merchandise for them to choose from.
Enjoy a Themed Afternoon Tea
A birthday just isn’t the same without a big slice of cake, and if you want to continue the theme, there are a number of Harry Potter afternoon teas across the UK, each of which has its own unique take on the series. Many of these teas involve bubbling potions and beautiful themed cakes, so there will no doubt be many photos ending up on Instagram. You can even have afternoon tea as part of the Warner Bros. Studio tour, with lots of British favorites inspired by the books.
Enroll in Hogwarts
Ok, so Hogwarts might not have sent you a letter, but visiting Alnwick Castle in Northumberland is a great birthday treat for Potter fans. This is because it was used as a filming location for two of the movies, including the exterior Quidditch scenes and the entrance into Hogwarts. Wandering around this castle will make the birthday boy or girl feel like they’re a Hogwarts student for the day.
When you’re planning a special day for a Harry Potter fan, there are lots of fun things you can do beyond a theme party. From a special tour to a very British afternoon tea, you can help them feel part of the world of Harry Potter for the day.