On Saturday, July 30th, we had a Harry Potter Party at the Montauk Library to celebrate the release of the newest wizarding world story, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Kids were invited to the library to partake in fun Potter-esque activities and to dine on some magical snacks! As children arrived at the program, they chose a pin from the sorting hat which put them into a Hogwarts house. They also received a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three copies of the newest Potter installment, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child!
First, kids feasted on wizard-themed snacks such as wands (pretzel sticks), witches’ cauldrons (brownie bites) and golden snitches (glazed munchkins). Each attendee received a recipe for butterbeer and Miss Jackie demonstrated how to make it! The butterbeer recipe we used was perfect for a hot day and included vanilla ice cream, cream soda, whipped cream and butterscotch sauce. The recipe we used can be found here.
While enjoying their butterbeer and snacks, everyone made their own wands using different crafting materials such as feathers, glitter glue, washi tape, stickers, gems and chop sticks. The kids did an excellent job with this and made some really awesome wands – just like Harry and his friend’s used in the book series.
After everyone finished their wands, we had a trivia contest. Children broke into four groups based on the Hogwarts House they chose from the sorting hat when they arrived for the program. We had the Slytherin team, the Hufflepuff team, the Ravenclaw team and the Gryffindor team. Then I asked about 30 different trivia questions about the Harry Potter series. The competition was fierce and the scores were s close that everyone got an extra raffle ticket for their efforts!
After the trivia contest, children did a scavenger hunt on the main floor of the library to find the 7 horcruxes, just like Harry Potter had to. Each horcrux had a clue to where it’s location was, and children had to use their knowledge of the library and different resources (like the OPAC and the librarian) to follow the clues and find where the horcruxes were hidden. Kids had 10 minutes to find the 7 horcruxes and they did a great job finding all of them!
Finally, we did the drawing for the Harry Potter books we were giving away! We had 3 excited lucky winners! Andy, Scarlet and Jack all won a copy of the new Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child! Congrats to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who attended the program – it was an awesomely fun afternoon!!!