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How long have you been waiting for your Hogwart's letter?
Chances are, a long time. If you are like me, you've been waiting fifteen years. And by now you're probably thinking that being surrounded by a bunch of 11 year olds doesn't sound that fun anymore.
But part of me still clings on to the idea that there's some sort of magical GED program.
To mark the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, we created a date night that will bring you back to the magic. And, yes, you will finally get that letter you've been waiting for. Or at least a letter.
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This date spins off of dinner and a movie. An owl (or a balloon that looks like one) will deliver the invitation to your date. When they arrive, you will put on a magical playlist (did you know there is a genre of music called "Wizard Rock"?) and start with a lovely meal of Molly's Corned Beef Sandwiches. (If you remember, Ron's mom packed them for him on his journey to Hogwarts.) Then, for dessert, you will eat a British variation of the ice cream sundae--the Knickerbocker Glory. (To jog your memory, Dudley got finicky over his while at the zoo on his birthday.)
After such a delicious meal, you will be ready to get up and have fun. Play our custom date game "Through the Trap Door." Like Harry, Ron, and Hermione, you will complete a series of challenges in order to capture the Sorcerer's Stone. And if you are feeling up to it, you can spice it up with the alternate game instructions provided.
After the game, put on Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone and snack on some Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and Chocolate Frogs. After working so hard to retrieve the stone that holds eternal life, you've earned it. Just watch out for the "bogey" flavored beans.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Date
Time: 3+ hours | Cost: $ | Location: At Home | Level: Easy
Your Hogwart's letter has finally arrived. Snack on Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and Chocolate Frogs as you journey to Hogwarts and go "Through the Trap Door" to capture the Sorcerer's Stone with that special person in your life.
Printable Hogwart's Letter Invite
Printable Recipes - Molly's Corned Beef Sandwiches and Knickerbocker Glory
Printable Game - Through the Trap Door
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone
Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, Chocolate Frogs
Recipe Ingredients (See Printable Recipes)
Harry Potter Spotify Playlist
House Scarves or Other Fun Decor
White Balloon (or an Owl Balloon)
Invisible Tape, Marker, String
Download the free printables below--including your Hogwart's Letter, recipes, and our game, "Through the Trap Door"--and print. Gather your materials and set up the game by placing the different challenges throughout a room in your home.
Deliver the invite to your date. Blow up the balloon and draw your best Hedwig on it. Then tie the letter (filled out) to her feet.
When your date arrives that evening, have our playlist playing and the decor set up.
Eat Molly's Corned Beef Sandwiches for dinner with Knickerbocker Glory for dessert. Keep the Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans and Chocolate Frogs to eat while watching the movie.
Then, play "Through the Trap Door," following the directions on the game.
Finally, watch the movie and eat your snacks.
Optionally finish off the night by reading your favorite passages from the books. Or, take a Harry Potter quiz online.
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This Post was Last Updated 02/15/2019.