Entertaining Harry Potter Party Games: Printables and Group Games
Harry Potter Games
Here are some simple, yet interactive and fun games you can play at your next Harry Potter get-together. I know that Scholastic (the American publisher) has lots of paper and pencil games like crosswords and word searches on its website, but these are designed to be more active and interactive, to get a group moving and thinking.
These are activities that groups of children at a party can participate in, as well a family that is looking to put together a fun game night based on the Harry Potter books.
I’ve used the things in the Harry Potter universe to adapt some well-known games that will be easy to set up and fun to play. I’ve also include lots of printables so that you can just print and go.
Here you will find fun games that help you come up with a name that sounds “Harry Potter-ish,” a “Polyjuice Potion” character guessing game, a quick way to print out cards and clues for Harry Potter Bingo, and printable cards to use for a Harry Potter drawing game, similar to Pictionary.
How to Print These Harry Potter Games
All of the images from these games are loaded as photos (jpegs). To get a printout, click on the pattern image. Then right click to copy it and paste the image into a word processing or publishing software. Once you’ve pasted it into that software, you can then enlarge or minimize the image the way you'd like.
Hogwarts Student Name Generator
Lots of sites on the web will sort you into a Hogwarts house, but if you want to choose a name that fits the part, the following chart can help you out. Just look up the first letter of your first name in Column 1. Then look up the first letter of your last name in Column 2. Finally, look up the last letter of your last name in Column 3.
Don’t forget to pay attention to whether you are looking in the boys’ or girls’ section.
Confused? Let’s use my name, Adele Jeunette as an example.
I’m a girl, so I’ll be looking at the top part of the table. Adele starts with the letter “A,” so I look in Column 1 and find out my first name in Harry-Potter-land would be “Calypso.”
My last name starts with a “J,” so I would look in Column 2 to find “Dumble.”
My last name ends with an “E,” so I would look in Column 3 and find “Spur.”
And there you have it: “Adele Jeunette” turns into the name “Calypso Dumblespur.”
Hogwarts Student Name Generator Printable
Hogwarts School Name Tag
Now that you have a new name, announce in to the world with these name tags. You can just print them, cut along the lines, and tape them to people’s shirts.
Hogwarts School Name Tag Printable
Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion Game
This is a variation of a game that has been a staple with book clubs for a long time. Put the name of one of the Harry Potter characters on each person’s back. Then, have them circulate around the room asking each person a “yes” or “no” question until they can figure out the name they have. Young children might need some help with the types of questions they should ask. Good opening questions would be “Am I female? and “Am I a student?”
Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion Game Printable
Harry Potter Drawing Game
In the style of Pictionary, participants pull a card and then draw what is on it while other people on their team try to guess what it is.
The person who is making the drawing isn’t allowed to include any symbols (like letters or numbers) in the drawing, and isn’t allowed to say anything while making the drawing.
The following templates have batches of cards for easy, intermediate, and challenging drawings. Remember to right-click on them to copy them, and then paste them into a word processor or publisher. If you print them onto card stock paper, you can cut along the lines and have a set of cards to use.
Harry Potter Drawing Game Printables
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Printables
The following cards serve a double duty. You can simply play a trivia game (there are "easy" and "medium" questions), or you can generate Bingo cards and use the cards as clues for a Bingo game.
Harry Potter Bingo
To set up a Harry Potter Bingo game, first you need to print out some Bingo cards. Fortunately, there are sites which will take a list of word you provide, randomize them, and spit them out as a series of Bingo cards which you can then print.
This is my favorite site for making Bingo cards:
You can choose the number of squares, the theme, whether to have a free space, etc. Here are the words you can copy and paste to put into the generator:
Godric Gryffindor’s Sword
Next, you can print out the cards, shuffle them, read the clues, and have the game participants put a marker over the answer to your clues. You can separate the easy and medium games--or you can mix them up for an extra challenge. There are 4 clues for each possible answer (2 easy and 2 medium.)
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Cards--Easy--Page 1
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Cards--Easy--Page 2
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Cards--Easy--Page 3
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Cards--Medium--Page 1
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Cards--Medium--Page 2
Harry Potter Trivia/Bingo Game Cards--Medium--Page 3
Harry Potter Games Wrap-Up
And there you have it: lots of simple and fun games for our next Harry Potter celebration. with everything in printable form, you'll be able to assemble everything you need in a flash.
© 2016 Adele Jeunette