Adele has been a youth services librarian in public libraries for 20 years.
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 as families that are 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
Look for the orange links. Each one will link you to pdf versions of the documents. Some have several documents together, and if you just want selected pages, make sure to set your printer to print only the pages you want to have.
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.”
"What Is Your Magic Name?" Printable
Here Is the Link for the "What's Your Magic Name?" Sheet
Here is the link for a word document you can print out: What's Your Magic Name?
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 images have batches of cards for easy, intermediate, and challenging drawings. See the end of this article for a link that will let you print a pdf version. If you print the images 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 words 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:
- Rita Skeeter
- Harry Potter
- Sirius Black
- Golden Snitch
- Sorting Hat
- Invisibility Cloak
- Deathly Hallows
- Marauder’s Map
- 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 four clues for each possible answer (2 easy and two 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
Here Is the Link for the Printable Games
Here you will find the link for the Name Tags, Polyjuice Potion Game, Drawing Game, and the Trivia Cards.
If you only want certain pages, just make sure to set your printer for only these pages.
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.
Questions & Answers
Question: Who are you most like in Harry Potter?
Answer: Hermione. The girl always going to the library.
Question: Which house was Dumbledore in?
Answer: Gryffindor, of course!
Question: Who was your least favourite character?
Answer: Here's an interesting story I read: Before he started shooting the movie, the director asked each of the three principal actors to write a paper about the character they were going to play. Emma Watson went right to work and turned in a lengthy paper. Daniel Radcliffe turned in one that was a little bit shorter. And Rupert Grint didn't turn in one at all. He explained "Ron wouldn't write the paper." the director had to agree. I like Ron's family, but he himself is a bit of a slacker.
Question: Why were Ron and Hermione together?
Answer: That's a good question. I don't really see the two of them as a match. I'd like to see Hermione with someone who shares more of her interests--reading about things in the library, for instance.
Question: What do you love most about Harry Potter?
Answer: I love the setting the most. It's genius how she makes the magic so homey.
© 2016 Adele Jeunette
Adele Jeunette (author) on September 14, 2019:
Sounds like great fun! Glad I could be of help.
Angela Jane on September 14, 2019:
Thank you so much for all these items! My friends and I are having a HP Marathon today and I know I will bring all the joy by showing up with these bonus games!
Annmarie on February 26, 2019:
These are fantastic. I had no problems with the orange links connecting to a PDF. Thank you!
Adele Jeunette (author) on August 10, 2017:
Printing looks a little differently on this site than other craft sites. 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.
Sara on August 10, 2017:
I couldn't get it to print out
Jeff on March 14, 2017:
It is cool but i dont get the first one!!!
Blob on January 18, 2017:
I am going to use all of these!