As you might know, tonight is Harry Potter Book Night, a celebration of all published things from the world of Harry Potter. The event was started by Bloomsbury last year and they urge booksellers, librarians, teachers and HP enthusiasts to celebrate this night all around the world. To help them celebrate, Bloomsbury created an event kit with some great tips for hosting the best night ever. I took a look at what they advise and noticed that it’s all aimed at children. Now I know that Harry Potter is a book for kids, but there are so many adults who love the books as well and would probably not mind a themed party. So to help out all my fellow ‘too-old’ HP lovers, I’ve created a guide to celebrate Harry Potter Book Night as an adult.

Send out Hogwarts acceptance letters to your friends.

We’re all still waiting for that damned letter, even though we are way beyond the age of acceptance. So make someone’s day by sending them a ‘real’ acceptance letter to Hogwarts. There are a thousand tutorials on how to do this, from writing the letter to creating the seal, so it shouldn’t be too hard to make it seem realistic. But you can also just buy the template at Etsy, if you’re feeling lazy. Then distribute them by owl throughout your neighborhood and make someone’s day. Don’t give them to kids that are 11 though, you will break their hearts once they find out it’s fake.

Dress up as a wizard dressed up as a muggle

We all know how to dress like wizards. You put on a cool looking robe, wear your house scarf and whip out a wand and you’re done. So instead challenge yourself and dress as though you are a wizard dressing up as a muggle. Those outfits should be pretty hilarious if you just take a look at the descriptions of the fashion choices at the Quidditch World Cup in Goblet of Fire. Get out all the golf-gear and strange dresses you can find.

Wear something pink and be as horrible as you can be

Everyone hates Dolores Umbridge. She’s the absolute worst character throughout the series and that is exactly why we should pay tribute to her. The fact that J.K. Rowling could write such a universally hated character, that was just evil beyond reason, makes her one hell of a special woman. So dress up in your finest pink fashions, get a plate with a picture of a cat on it and be mean to little kids. You get to do it just for one night.

Make your family/friends battle for the House Cup

Divide your family and/or friends over the four Hogwarts Houses and make them battle the entire day against each other for points you will arbitrarily give to any one of them. Making you breakfast is 10 points, cleaning up the kitchen will be 20 and so on. Make sure that at the end of the day you pull a Dumbledore and give out ten million points to your favorite person, so that they will always win.

Brew your own potions

and by potions we mean cocktails.


Harry Potter Marathon

Just like the Moby Dick marathon, we need a Harry Potter reading marathon as well. Just take the books and start reading it out loud to your audience. Feel free to switch with someone else when your voice gets tired or even act out the story with different readers. The best thing would be if your house had at least seven rooms and you could just wander from one room to the next, listening to your favorite parts of all the books.

Host a Slug Club Party

Horace Slughorn hosted his Slug Club at Hogwarts to make sure his well-connected and influential students met each other through him, to gather favors from them in the future. So surround yourself with influential and promising people and try to climb that social ladder. You can also make this a little less terrible by inviting people that you think are interesting and make these creative and amazing minds meet. You might become responsible for pairing the next Harry, Hermione & Ron and make the world a little more awesome.

Knit a terrible sweater

I’ve always wanted to have a Weasley Christmas jumper knitted by Molly. They are warm and fuzzy and ugly in the same way that pugs are. They are so beautifully ugly and such a great creation by Molly and Rowling alike. So go knit and maybe make me one. It doesn’t matter what color it is – although I love Ron’s maroon – as long as it bears a large initial on the front. And if you have a lot of time or are super fast at knitting, make one for all of your loved ones and have them pose for a family picture.

These are some of my ideas for how to entertain yourself during Harry Potter Book night. If you have any other ideas, feel free to leave them in the comments!


Esmée de Heer is head honcho over at the Bored to Death book club website, writing the daily content and making sure the site stays up and running. She's one of the founding sisters of the book club and enjoys reading and giving unsolicited love advice.

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