Want to make some magical Harry Potter potions? If you have a Harry Potter fan in your house, you’ll want to try this Harry Potter Potions Class and with exciting experiments– either for a birthday party or just for fun.
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We did these potions activities for my daughter’s Harry Potter birthday party and the experiments were their FAVORITE! The party also included 1) getting sorted into your wizard house, 2) writing your own spells, 3) dressing up like your favorite character (Hermione, Harry, Professor Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Remis Lupin, or whoever), and wand making. Food included Bertie Bott’s Flavor Beans, Butter Beer (see below), and cake.
Harry Potter Potions Class Experiments
Gather your supplies and ingredients. Cover your table with a plastic table cloth.
Print out the directions, slide them into a plastic sleeve, and distribute them to the students in your potions class. (Or birthday party.)
Wear safety goggles just in case. (Also, because they look smashing.)
Get started with your experiments!
Exploding Polyjuice Potion (NOT edible!) aka. Elephant Toothpaste
½ cup wolfsbane
1 squirt of worm guts
4 drops of dragon blood
3 tbspns of dream fluid
Veritaserum (NOT edible!)
This is a basic vinegar eruption with extras just for fun inspired by Potter Party Mania
Ingredients and Directions:
2 pieces of Mandrake Root
1 cup of Basilisk Venom
2 drops of 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 Potion Ingredients 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, round food (chocolate balls, raisins, etc.) = bat dung, eyeballs from a blind cat
Go to a beauty supply store to get the hydrogen peroxide that hairdressers use – it will make the potions experiment (Elephant Toothpaste) more intense!!
Use sunglasses or science goggles while you do the experiments for safety.
Want the potion’s class printable?
Find more potions class experiments from Mrs. Nespy.
Bonus Butter Beer Experiments:
Make Your Own Butterbeer!! (EDIBLE)
We tried several Butterbeer recipes — taste-tested and voted on which was best. It was YUMMY fun – but don’t drink let your wizards and witches 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
- Place glasses in freezer and chill.
- Mix ice cream with cream soda in a blender.
- Pour into glasses.
- Top each glass with whipped cream.
- 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 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 buttercream to the bottom of each. Stir cream soda to almost fill each glass. Skim off the soda bubbles, and top with maple buttercream.
#3 Homemade Butterbeer from Design Lively
– Root Beer
– Half and Half
– Imitation Butter extract
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.
Delicious and FUN!
How did you do in potions class today?
Keep making potions like a wolfsbane potion, draught of peace, felix felicis (liquid luck), a healing potion, or a love potion by finding fun liquid science experiments that you can rename to suit your wizardry purposes. Remember, the hardest potion to make are Voldemort’s Cave Potion, the Elixir of Life, and the Draught of Peace so make those experiments extra tricky!
And, if you want to get extra specific, here is a list of some of the potion colors according to the books.
Amortentia is pink.
Felix Felicis is orange.
Polyjuice Potion is green.
Veritaserum is red.
Wolfsbane is yellow.
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