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This is the version played at "New Hogsmeade" (New Hamburg, Ontario) at the Book 7 Harry Potter Festival, hosted by Uppercase Books
For each end you will need one hoop (hula hoops work well) or a water polo net. You will also need a quaffle (small beach ball with some water as well as air inside so that it sits low in the water), two bludgers (soaker balls--the kind made with a sponge core), and a golden snitch (golf ball or ping pong ball), and one broom (pool "noodle") for each player.
Yikes! A powerful spell that ricocheted around the room has caused the entire class to be randomly transformed into different characters and creatures from the wizarding world!
Leprechaun gold is famous for disappearing.
This is like a cross between Blind Man's Bluff and Marco Polo. One child is blindfolded and the others form a tight circle around him or her. Those around the circle can make lots of different noises, but only one will moan like Myrtle. The blindfolded person must try and find the moaning person within a given time frame (one minute or so worked well for us).
Variation 1: The people in the circle all moan, and Myrtle has to find one specific person out of all the others.
Variation 2: Only one person makes any noise (Myrtle's Moaning) but they can move around the circle. The blindfolded person must track and catch "Myrtle".
One (or more for a large group) are "it" and are the Dementors. Using the spells "stupefy", kids are frozen in place. Those who are free and not it can release them with the spell "enervate".
Create your own Harry Potter madlib by choosing one of the more famous passages from one of the books. Choose various words to replace and copy it out with blank spaces where those words once were, leaving space between lines. Beneath each blank, indicate what part of speech the word should be (i.e. past-tense verb, plural noun, adjective, etc.). If desired, make a separate list of these in which to fill the blanks so that the list becomes even more random.
A major theme in the Hary Potter books is that love (including friendship) is the most powerful magic. In a classroom, youth group or birthday party, have each child write down something that they like about each of the others. Be sure to monitor these so that the comments remain truly positive, then present each child with the comments the others have made about them. Roll the notes together and fasten with a ribbon, or make a small booklet from them. These make wonderful keepsakes.