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:
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!
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.
The guests seemed to be having fun:
and we had a Horcrux hunt!
Our lively cast of characters didn’t seem to have any trouble being left to their own devices:
It was definitely a night to remember.
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? :)