Harry Birthday 2015! (updated)

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July 31 marks the birthdays of both Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling, and it has always been a significant date for my cousin Dianne and I because the Harry Potter books have been such a huge part of our lives. This year, on July 31st, we celebrated over fifteen years of fandom with a redux of Harry Birthday!

We had gone back and forth on the idea of another Harry Birthday party for months now. For one, in the past decade and a half, I think we’ve already done at least half a dozen Harry Potter parties, among other crazy things for the love of Harry Potter. Also, for a while the party didn’t even seem like a possibility. July had been an incredibly busy month, with my involvement in the NCBD activities, and my cousin had just moved across the country (read: separation anxiety like I’d never known before). But because it’s Harry’s 35th birthday and JKR’s 50th, we thought the time was ripe for another Harry Birthday.


We gave a quick shoutout to our friends last week, and we’re glad they were only too eager to celebrate with us.

Here’s a recap of the party, in photos:

IMG_1983Dianne as Harry, and myself as Tonks.
The showcase is part of our combined Harry Potter collections.

The great thing about a fifteen year old fandom is that you accumulate a lot of items over the years (and over the multiple parties), so we only had to pull out our books, toys, and even decor from previous Harry Potter parties!

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Additional159___071Potter mania!

IMG_2006Additional1Wall of photos. We realized we have enough milestones
to create a timeline of our HP fandom.

The grub was in theme — we had roast beef and chicken, Shepherd’s pie, quiche, scones, tea sandwiches, and a selection of sweets, including puking pastilles, cauldron cakes, Every Flavor Beans, and chocolate frogs.

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We also had a potions bar (which gradually filled up as more guests arrived with, erm, their poison potion of choice):

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We made butterbeer, of course!
IMG_1990And had a Golden Snitch cake.

IMG_1999Family reunion. Lily, James and Harry!

The guests seemed to be having fun:

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We had a little photo booth set up

IMG_1981Coloring sheets — Hermione (Alexis) colored in this page!

159___073and we had a Horcrux hunt!

Here’s a collage by Alexis, who came as Hermione Granger:
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And another by Jewel, who played Sirius Black:
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Our lively cast of characters didn’t seem to have any trouble being left to their own devices:

11822476_10153518432731649_4619374882351158571_nParty like a wizard!

11825154_1879259322299099_6160277763319319111_nHermione and Harry

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Mad-Eye Moody

IMG_1988Snape in the Potions corner

11754606_1879258892299142_502808157190002485_oKingsley, Lily and James, Hermione and Sirius

IMG_1973cousin Dudley and Harry

IMG_1991Rita Skeeter with a pint of Butterbeer

IMG_2008More butterbeer! Moody, Snape, Tonks, and Penelope Clearwater

IMG_2003Maybe a little too much butterbeer?

11794217_1879266732298358_4859335444215797671_oOur Hogwarts faculty shaking things up!

IMG_2016Fawkes and Dumbledore

IMG_2018Professor Trelawney divines some tea leaves

159___074Professor McGonagall transforms into an Animagus

IMG_2031Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour

IMG_2069and the Order of the Phoenix!

IMG_2002Even Moaning Myrtle had her bit of fun!

It was definitely a night to remember.

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Many thanks to everyone who celebrated #HarryBirthday with us: Iya, Joyce, Haze, Jewel, Alexis, Shani, Honey, Czar, Tin, Karen, Jeeves, Joko, Kaie, Angel, Jenny, Joy, John, Mika, Pao, TJ, Marie, JM, Guia, and Rayan! It’s fun to see the Harry Potter fandom live on, after all this time (always!).

Let’s do this again in five years, maybe? :)

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2 Responses to Harry Birthday 2015! (updated)

  1. Alexis says:

    Aw, I just realised I left my coloring page behind!

    • Sumthinblue says:

      It’s probably with the rest of the party stuff we saved, though Dianne is out of town already. But if we ever have another Harry Potter party, it’ll be on display.

      I don’t have a photo of you and Jewel in my cam, will update this post after Dianne and Haze upload their photos :)

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