There have been a number of requests for pictures of the party. Please forgive the text here, folks. I can barely stand up at this point.
The greeting sign, which a random passer-by asked to photograph.
The kids came into the house through here, with the Harry Potter music blaring.
The Great Hall, where we did the sorting. I read the poem from the first book and sorted the kids into houses. We taped the house crests onto their clothes. We only needed three houses, so no one had to be Slytherin.
We set the house up in four stations, with the kids in three houses rotating through. This was where Hermione (a mom of two of the guests) supervised the making of beaded bags.
Transfiguration, where a wonderful babysitter was supervising the transfiguring of recyclables into animals. That went OK, but I should have provided mailing labels. The babysitter came dressed as Trelawney.
The Potions table.
The much-discussed piñata.
McGonagall and Hagrid. I found that dress for $15 at a thrift shop.
And the butterbeer.
What the Potions class looked like after Gryffindor went through. Zach and a friend, dressed as Lockhart and Snape, supervised, with some help from Hagrid.
Ancient Runes, which was supervised by another game parent — a dad of one of the guests who came dressed in the Dumbledore costume I provided. It’s a quote from the books that the kids had to decode.
Excuse me while I go collapse in a puddle. With any luck, no one will need to regrow my bones.