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Gryffindors are red, Ravenclaws are blue . . .
Like many of you, I have loved the world of Harry Potter for a long time. When I first met my husband, Matthew, I discovered that he had never read any of the books and it soon became a priority for us to read them together. Seven read-aloud novels and a year or two later, we are both big fans. That can only mean one thing when two people run a blog dedicated to coming up with creative and fun date ideas.
This past year we created two magical date nights around Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Unsurprisingly, they have been the most popular date nights on our website. The Wizarding World clearly still has its fair share of fans, and for those of us who love both date night and Harry Potter that opens up a world of opportunity.
As a precursor to the several Harry Potter themed dates we still have in store (that’s a given), we wanted to make a simple Valentine's date that took advantage of the imagination of the Wizarding World. Since the fifth and sixth novels encompass the most romance, they became our stepping stone to creating this date. Those who are familiar with the turbulent romances of Order of the Phoenix and Half Blood Prince will get all the references.
. . . no one makes my life magical like you.
Begin your Valentine’s date by delivering one (or all) of our punny Harry Potter valentines to your date. You could make a trail of them to find throughout the day—on the bathroom mirror, in the fridge, in the car, in their work bag or lunch. Or you could text them the valentines throughout the day, giving them a hint as to what awaits them in the evening.
The night of, set the mood with our well-curated playlist of Wizard Rock (yes, that is a thing that exists). Have all of your ingredients ready for making Amortentia Love Potion and Madam Puddifoot’s Confetti Cupcakes. You can download the recipes to your tablet or print them. Then, when your date arrives, craft your cocktails or mocktails and start your date with a toast.
Next up, bake the cupcakes. Don’t be afraid to get a little messy (wink). While they bake in the oven, you could read a few passages of most romantic scenes in Harry Potter or visit Pottermore and read one of the articles we suggest below. After the cupcakes are baked, frost them using our special technique to create a surprise in every bite.
Snack on the cupcakes while you watch the movie. Let your date choose their favorite, or we suggest the 6th one to go along with our Canary Darts game. You’ll finish the night off with the game and any more Harry Potter shenanigans you wish to include.
The step-by-step plan for this date is below, including all of the materials you will need and how to download our free printables.
Accio! Optional Reading
Chapter 22 - The Yule Ball | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
Chapter 21 - The Eye of the Snake | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Chapter 25 - The Beetle at Bay | Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Chapter 14 - Felix Felicis | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Chapter 18 - Birthday Surprises | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Chapter 24 - Sectumsumpra | Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Why is Love Such a Powerful Form of Magic? on Pottermore
5 Times Love made Characters Braver than Ever Before on Pottermore
All the Times Ron and Hermione Should have Snogged on Pottermore
Accio! Gift Ideas
Looking for more (non-Harry Potter) Valentine’s Day gift ideas? Find them here.
Harry Potter Valentine's Date
Time: 3+ hours | Cost: $ | Location: At Home | Level: Easy
Say "alohomora" to your date's heart with this Harry Potter Valentine's Day date. Brew some Amortentia love potion, visit Madame Puddifoot's Tea Shop, and then try your hand at making canaries fly.
Harry Potter Books
Harry Potter Movies
House Scarves and other Fun Decor (like this incredible throw blanket)
Download the free printables, available exclusively to our subscribers. Print, cutting them with a portable paper cutter (we recommend this one). Optionally, download the valentines directly to your phone or screenshot them. Then, gather your materials.
On the morning of Valentine's Day, deliver your favorite valentine with a personalized note. If you want to step it up, deliver the other valentines throughout the day.
When your date arrives that evening, have our playlist playing and the decor set up.
Make the love potion together. Start the night with a romantic toast.
Then, make Madam Puddifoot's cupid cupcakes together (or otherwise have them ready when your date arrives). Browse Pottermore while they bake.
Put in your favorite of the movies (we recommend the 6th one - it has the most romance) and snack on love potion and cupcakes.
Once the movie is over, play the Canary Dart Game.
Optionally finish off the night by reading your favorite passages from the books. Or, take a Harry Potter quiz online.
Have a magical Valentine's Day!
This post was originally posted on 02/14/2018. It has since been updated.