Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Harry Potter Minute to Win it Games

Every Christmas my family picks a new theme to center our Christmas around.  This year it was Harry Potter and IT WAS SOOOOOOO MUCH FUN.  

I don't know what was more fun, putting together the party, or actually having the party.  You will find many of my Harry Potter ideas on my blog.  This post is for our Minute to Win it Harry Potter Games.

Check out my Harry Potter Party Ideas.  You will find many fun and easy ways to decorate for your Harry Potter Party.

You can do this two ways .  You can have a tri-wizard tournament or you can have a competition for house cup. I went back and forth on this, but in the end I decided to have it be a house cup with the teams of Slytherin vs Gryffindor.  It's up to you to decide.  Here's how we did it.

I printed everyone's name in Harry Potter font on a piece of paper.  

Then I aged the paper with a wet cotton ball, a brown crayola marker and a black crayola marker.  I carefully tore around all the names and then added some more black coloring around the edges to give them a burnt look.

Then I placed all the names in my Triwizard cup that I bought at Target.  Technically this is not how it was in the movie, but no one seemed to mind.  They got the idea.

We picked a captain for each team and the captains pulled the names out of the cup.

Here are two different scoreboards that you can use, depending on whether you have two teams or three.

House cup version:
Triwizard version:

Now that the teams have been sorted, 
let the fun begin!

Print a copy of all the books (above)  for each team and then cut them out.  

Mix up the books so that they are out of order.  Lay them upside down in front of each team.  When you say go each team has to put the books in the proper order.  Sounds easy, right?  Our biggest Harry Potter fan got two of the books mixed up so the other team won.

Make as many copies of the pixies as you would like.  I made 4 copies.  Cut out the pixies and spread them out on the ground.  You can cut out several layers at a time if you're are careful.
  The team that gathers the most pixies wins.

For this one I had them make slime.

This is where my trip to the dollar store in October really came in handy.  I gave each team a cauldron, a glass of liquid starch (in the creepy hand glass), a bottle of white glue, a bottled water, one 1/4 cup measuring cup, some neon food coloring, and a recipe.

Each team had to create the recipe with what they had.  They had to figure out that for a 1/2 cup they needed to use 1/4 measuring cup twice.  

They also had to find something to stir it with.  We were in the backyard, so they found the nearest stick. 

One team did the recipe out of order and found that it was difficult to mix.  Unfortunately they lost, although their slime eventually came together.

Here is the printout for the recipe:

I had some fun with this one.  This is where that trip to the dollar store paid off again.  I had bought some plastic feathers, witch hat headbands, and had some leftover eyeball eye glasses from my Mad Eye Moody project.  

I glued the plastic feathers onto some pens and covered them with white tape.  Then I had a member from each team put on the witch's hat and the glasses.  They used the feather pens to write with.

When I said go they had to turn the paper over and guess the patronus of everybody at the party.

All the team members could help them.  The team that got the most right in a minute won.

For you I have a printout of all of the Patronuses from Harry Potter.  You could use that if it's too much trouble to find out the Patronus for everyone at your party.

  Harry Potter Patronuses Answers

For this challenge I went to the thrift store and bought each team yellow shirts and ear muffs.  I could only find one ear muff (we live in Las Vegas) so I used some headphones.

Before we started a member of each team had to put on the yellow shirt with the ear muffs.

Then I gave each team: 

a glob of terracotta Crayola air dry clay 
(or you could make playdough
three paper leaves
a small pot with a label 
a piece of chalk 
 instructions (see below)

The first team done wins.

Look how cute our Mandrakes turned out.  The teams thought that they were supposed to name their Mandrake, so on the labels they wrote Phillip and Logan.   My grandson thought that his team's Mandrake should be named after him.

Here is a printout for the instructions:

This awesome idea came from Pop Goes the Page 

Give each team a roll of aluminum foil, or set out an aluminum foil for the teams to fight over.

You can either tell each team what animal that they need to create, or you can have them come up with their own creation.   Here's some examples;

Each team got one wand (we made the wands)  and a package of 15 glow stick necklaces (Walmart).

The team members had to make the necklaces glow and put them together in a circle.  Then they had to toss the necklace from 10 feet away to the person with the wand while saying the words "Wingardium Leviosa".  The person with the wand had to catch the necklace.  The team that caught them all first won.  Unfortunately I did not get pictures, but it was a lot of fun!

Minute to Win it Style Quidditch
Each team got a poster board with three holes in it (see picture above) for a goal post.  I just hand drew mine but here's an example below.  You could print it at Office Max if you wanted.

The person holding the poster (the Keeper) cannot move his feet, but he can move the poster.  We had a team member from the opposite team stand by each goal post to make sure that the Keeper did not move his feet.  
If he did move his feet his team lost 10 points.

Each team got 2 ping pong balls (guaffles) to throw through the goals.  They had to throw them from 10 feet away.  Every ping pong ball (guaffle) that they got through the goal was 10 points.   The person who was keeping an eye on the Keeper kept score for their team.

Each team had a Seeker.  The Seeker's job was to find the Snitch that was hidden in somewhere in the yard.  I have a couple of Snitches that I made for my Christmas Tree.  

Click here to see how I made them.  

The first team to find the Snitch got 150 points added to their score.  The game ended when the Snitch was found.  The team with the most points won.

This was a lot of fun.  Just a tip for your goal posts.  One of our goals tore, so you could reinforce the back with duct tape.  You could also make it out of foam core so that it's a little sturdier.

I made these cute awards for the winning team.  I used m&m minis and glue gunned some silver paper around the base and glue gunned the medallion to the top.  

I have also done awards on the top of Toblerones.

Printouts for the House Cup Champions:

Printouts for the Triwizard Tournament Champions:

Here's a printout of all the games listed:


  1. Thank you so much for sharing these ideas! My son is having a HP birthday sleepover next month, and these will be fun. Sadly, at least half if not more, of your pictures do not show up. I can't see what you used for the triwizard cup, or the scoreboards, or even the ear muffs or the cups for slime. :( I'm not sure if you can fix it on your end, but I will check back to see, because I'm definitely a visual person. Thanks again for the ideas!

  2. Thanks for letting me know. It might be the Google photo pictures. I have replaced them and hopefully that works better. Let me know if you still can't see them.

  3. Hi Holly! This looks like so much fun! How much time did you allot for all of the games?

  4. I tried to keep them at about a minute each. The Quidditch game we played until the snitch was found, but I did have to give clues to move it along. A few of them, like the potions class, we played until the first one was done.

  5. Wow, thanks for the ideas. I am having a Harry Potter birthday party and i'm definitely going to do these minute to win it games

  6. Absolutely brilliant! You are my kind of birthday planner. Usually I make it all up myself, but I'll definitely borrow some of your ideas (if our Coronavirus restrictions allow us to gather by birthday time...!). Thanks!