Harry Potter Potions Class Experiments

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If you have a Harry Potter enthusiast in your house, you’ll want to try your own Harry Potter Potions Class and Experiments, either for a birthday party or just for fun.

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Harry Potter Potions Class Experiments

Gather your supplies. Cover your table with a plastic table cloth.

Print out the directions, slide into a plastic sleeve, and distribute to the students in your potions class.

Wear safety goggles just in case. (And because they look smashing.)

Get started with your experiments!

DIY Harry Potter Potions

Exploding Polyjuice Potion
(NOT edible!) aka. Elephant Toothpaste

½ cup wolfsbane

squirt of worm guts

4 drops dragon blood

3 Tbspns dream fluid

Worm Guts

Veritaserum
(NOT edible!) aka. basic vinegar eruption with extras just for fun
inspired from Potter Party Mania

2 pieces of Mandrake Root
1 cup of Basilisk Venom
2 drops Dragon blood
a pinch of Gillyweed
2 shakes of unicorn horn powder
What is the number of Harry Potter books you have read? This is the number of eyeballs from a blind cat you must add.
1 scoop of bat dung
Chant “Weasley is our King” 4 times and stir potion 3 times
a squirt of worm guts
1 scoop of crushed Dragon Bones while you say “Veritaserum” using your best British accent

Harry Potter Potions Class

Harry Potter Potions KEY

Vinegar = basilisk venom

Baking soda = crushed dragon bones

Hydrogen peroxide = wolfsbane

Dish soap = worm guts

Food coloring = dragon blood

Any spice = gillyweed

Glitter = unicorn horn powder

Yeast = dream fluid

Pretzels = mandrake root

Any small and round food = bat dung, eyeballs from a blind cat

Harry Potter Potions Class 2

Go to a beauty supply store to get the hydrogen peroxide that hairdressers use – it will make the experiment (Elephant Toothpaste) more intense!!

Use sunglasses or science goggles while you do the experiments for safety.

Want the potion’s class printable? (directions, labels)

Harry Potter Potions
More potions class experiments from Mrs. Nespy and My Kids Adventures

Bonus Experiment:

Make Your Own Butterbeer!! (EDIBLE)

We tried several Butterbeer recipes — taste tested and voted which was best. It was YUMMY fun – but don’t drink too much of these all at once because they are VERY sweet.

#1 Butterbeer Recipe from Wizarding World Park

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
  • 32 oz of your favorite cream soda

Directions:

    1. Place glasses in freezer and chill.
    2. Mix ice cream with cream soda in a blender.
    3. Pour into glasses.
    4. Top each glass with whipped cream.
    5. Serve with spoons and straws.

#2 Homemade Butterbeer from OffBeat and Inspired

1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tbsp. salted butter
2 tbsp + 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt
8 oz. cream soda per mug

Chill your mugs in the freezer.

Melt butter and 2 tbsp. maple syrup in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until lightly bubbling. Remove from heat.

Add heavy cream, salt and remaining tbsp. of maple syrup to a bowl. Beat with a hand mixer until a smooth. Slowly add the heated maple butter mixture to the whipped cream continuing to mix until combined.

Grab your mugs from the freezer and add 1/4 cup of maple butter cream  to the bottom of each. Stir cream soda to almost fill each glass. Skim off the soda bubbles, top with maple butter cream.

#3 Homemade Butterbeer from Design Lively

– Root Beer
– Half and Half
– Imitation Butter extract
– Fluff

First, add about half of the container of Fluff and 1 cup of half and half. Stir it with a mixer until it’s foamy!

Fill your glass with root beer and add butter extract.

Stir. Add a few spoonfuls to your glass.

5 MORE Butterbeer Recipes HERE

butterbeer

Delicious and FUN!

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31 Responses

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  2. What a really fun way to learn!! (Although I may be a little biased as a Harry Potter fan!)

  3. this is a fantastic experiment, i’d love to do this on my son’s party! 🙂
    So to do the Veritaserum, do we have to make the exploding polyjuice potion first, then add the (1) pinch of Gillyweed (spice) in the exploding polyjuice potion or they are completely two different experiments? cheers

  4. Hi did you use dry or liquid yeast for the poly juice potion?

  5. Hi. Did you use dry or liquid yeast for the exploding poly juice potion?

  6. Deb Whitten says:

    I’m getting ready for my daughter’s 9-3/4 birthday party next week. Do you mind sharing what the potions do? I have so many to choose from and am not wanting to test each and every one to decide which I’m going with. Thank you!

  7. Jenna Dixon says:

    Does it matter what % of hydrogen peroxide you use for the polyjuice potion?

  8. Martin Rusek says:

    I find this rather unfortunate way of teaching Chemistry. It further deepens the illness of the school subject when almos every experiment is more magic then a way to verify a hypothesis. We need to lead to students’ own observation, verification of expectations and measurement then doing magic.
    Of course there is a potential in a lesson described above, I’m afraid it hasn’t been used here.

    1. The point of this went completely over your head. As someone who pursued science and has become a scientist working amongst other scientists the monotony of the scientific method is a means to find the truth. In the eyes of a child it can be torture. Most of us became scientists by FIRST being fascinated with things we couldn’t explain, this includes works of pure fiction. You’ll be hard pressed to find anyone in the space industry that’s not a Star Trek or Star Wars fan or Asimov fan or some other kind of fiction. Many biologists fantasize about imaginary druidic herbalism long before they begin the study of botany.

      This is about silly fun for children. Keep it real homes.

  9. These were a big hit for our Harry Potter themed day last week! Thanks so much for these fun activities, The kids also loved the butterbear recipe. 🙂 I’m writing a blog post about our day. Is it OK to link back to your site?

  10. Catherine says:

    My favorite thing about Harry Potter books is how you are swallowed up in the fantasy world so it becomes real. 🙂

  11. Jennifer C. says:

    My favorite thing about Harry Potter is that is has my son reading and rereading the series for hours each day. I actually have to force him to stop reading to spend time with us and go outside. He loves the series. Thanks for the giveaway. He would be in heaven with these treasures!

  12. This is awesome – going to share it with teachers at my school. We have a few Harry Potter fans and they would probably love to do something like this. Thank you.

  13. Jennifer R. says:

    I am so thankful for Harry Potter! It has sparked my kiddos imagination, and has gotten him to enjoy books. This reading mama couldn’t be happier about that. Thank you for the experiments. We are going to have a HP Halloween this year, and these will be perfect. 🙂

  14. Hi Melissa – As a fellow mom who believes imagination is key, I love your blog and your fabulous ideas for getting kids enthusiastic about learning. This is why I’ve nominated you for a One Lovely Blog Award and also tagged you in Love/Hate Tag. I hope you’ll accept the award and participate in the love/hate tag. By accepting awards/tags and nominating others, I’ve found that I’ve met some other wonderful bloggers doing incredible things! To accept the award, please check out my blog at http://www.1sttimemomat42.com for the rules (I set them out in my own nomination acceptance, which I posted today) and to participate in the love/hate tag, all you need to do is to put up a post in which you reveal 10 things you love, 10 things you hate, and tag 10 other bloggers you admire. Best, Marlene

    1. Marlene,

      You are so awesome! Thank you so much for the nomination. I’m afraid I can’t participate at this time but send you virtual hugs and love for thinking of me.

      xx

      Melissa

      1. Hey Melissa! I tried butterbeer before, and I didn’t like it, so I am going to make some polyjuce potion. You are so smart to think about this!???

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