51 Magical Harry Potter Recipes for a Party or Movie Night - Play Party Plan (2024)

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Enjoy the wonders of Harry Potter right in your own home with these wizard inspired Harry Potter appetizers, snacks, and desserts. Book and movie lovers alike will find magical snacks and fun Harry Potter food ideas that will transport you to the wonderful world of wizards and have your taste buds thanking you.

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Take a food tour around Diagon Ally with these magical snacks. You’ll find drinks and hearty food from London’s oldest pub, the Leaky Cauldron as well as fare inspired by the Three Broomsticks, the trolly cart on Hogwarts Express, and of course Honeyduke’s.

Oh and don’t worry, you’ll find a few nods to Fred and George in there as well!

With this complete list, you’ll find everything you need to throw Harry the best party, have a fun movie night with fellow Potterheads, or simply enjoy some whimsical food.

So make up a few of these fun Harry Potter recipes, print out some of these Harry Potter trivia questions (or these Harry Potter would you rather questions), and get ready for the most magical night ever!

Savory Harry Potter Appetizers

Let’s kick off this list with hearty foods first and save the sweet stuff for later. Below you’ll find tasty appetizers that are perfect for any Harry Potter occasion – from shepherd’s pie to Sprout’s Garden to cleverly shaped cheeseballs.

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Ham and Cheese Howlers

You might end up getting an earful about how clever these ham and cheese howlers are. Made with a few ingredients and clever use of edible markers, these are a great addition to the party.

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Pretzel Broomsticks

I love how simple yet effective these cute broomstick snacks are. No need to spend hours prepping, these can be done in minutes and everyone will love them. Go above and beyond by serving them on a rectangular charcuterie board with golden snitches, bludgers, and hoops.

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Apple Mouths

This classic treat gives me Book of Monster vibes. I love how easy they are to make but without compromising on visuals. It's also a great way to add something healthy to all the themed food.

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Dragon Eggs

Dragons play an important part in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, even if they don't go around riding them every day. These dragon eggs are a great addition to your table, easy to make but look really cool!

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Slytherin Snake

Change up the colors to make it more Slytherin looking and this pizza-stuffed snake is perfect for a Harry Potter night. Cut this Slytherin snake into thin slices for everyone to enjoy! It's kind of like pizza loaf but without the cheese oozing out!

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Professor Sprout’s Garden

Love how easy it is to include a veggie tray with all of the other themed recipes. I'm sure that Professor Sprout's garden would be a lot more elaborate than this but for muggles, it will have to do.

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Orange Snitches

​Great way to add a healthy snack that's not overly complicated. Grab some oranges and cut out the free printable wings, then you've got cute little snitches.

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Marauder’s Quesadilla Map

I solemnly swear this quesadilla is really good! And easy to make too!

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Chicken Nuggets

​Cleverly shaped nuggets into classic Harry Potter shapes make a great themed snack. Plus, who doesn't love chicken nuggets? You could probably do this with our almond chicken or coconut chicken recipes too!

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Sorting Hat Pigs In A Blanket

​A simple twist on a classic appetizer, pigs in a blanket. For added effect use an edible marker to color the face or hat grey.

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Hufflepuffs

So easy to do, just find your favorite puffed snack, like Pirates Booty, and throw it into a large bowl. Then add a Hufflepuff tag and you're all set.

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Apple Owls

You can't have an entire list of Harry Potter food recipes without any of them featuring Hedwig. These cute owl apple snacks are a great way to remember Harry's beloved owl.

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Owl Cheeseball

Love the idea of turning a cheeseball into an owl. Easily adapt it to look like your favorite winged companion.

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Mini Shepherd’s Pie

Since Harry Potter was set in London, it's safe to assume that the characters regularly ate British fare like shepherd's pie. These make the perfect appetizer because they are individually portioned, no need to worry about cutting the right slices, just plate and serve.

Or make this shepherd's pie for dinner if you don't want to deal with the little ones!

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Sausage Rolls

Another British classic appetizer that makes a great addition to your Harry Potter party is sausage rolls. Easy to make, but taste delicious, these are a great savory option that will have everyone feeling like they are in the Great Hall.

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Sorting Hat Cheeseball

This delicious cheese dip is cleverly shaped and covered in poppy seeds to resemble the infamous Sorting Hat. It would make the perfect centerpiece for any Harry Potter party. Plus, the size of it makes it a great option for a movie marathon.

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Butterbeer Inspired Snacks

Butterbeer is a quintessential Harry Potter flavor. There are infinite ways to incorporate the delicious flavor into various Harry Potter food ideas, here are some of my favorites.

Butterbeer

The butterbeer at Universal Studios is one of my favorite treats at a park. This copycat recipe is as close as you can get to the real thing. A necessary addition to any type of party with Harry Potter fans.

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Butterbeer Popcorn

There's nothing better than a big bowl of popcorn while you are watching a movie on the couch, except for maybe an even bigger bowl of butterbeer popcorn on your lap while you settle into a Harry Potter movie night. Now, there really isn't anything better than that.

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Butterbeer Cookies

Had to add these delicious butterbeer cookies into the mix. Yes, they are as good as they look in the pictures.

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Butterbeer Cupcakes

At this point, I couldn't leave out these butterbeer cupcakes. They are the perfect amount of rich butterscotchy goodness balanced with a light frosting and caramel drizzle.

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Butterbeer Ice Cream

You can't have a birthday party without cake and ice cream! This butterbeer ice cream recipe is smooth, creamy, and delicious!

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Butterbeer Hot Chocolate

You can't go wrong with anything butterbeer. This flavorful drink is so good you won't even care that you're drinking something hot for Harry's birthday in the middle of July. And if you're worried about it being hot, then skip the butterbeer version and go with this frozen hot chocolate instead and just pretend.

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Butterbeer Frosting Board

A sweet spin on a butter board. Tasty dipping cookies and crackers surround a sweet butterbeer-flavored frosting.

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Butterbeer Muddy Buddies

This sweet treat is packed full of that delicious butter beer flavor but in muddy buddy form. With the addition of yellow and gold accents to the sugar-coated cereal, it works great as a side for any Harry Potter-themed party.

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Butterbeer Fudge

This is a favorite sold in the sweets shops at Universal and an easy copycat recipe you can create at home for Harry Potter's birthday or a movie night!

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Harry Potter Drinks

Butterbeer is not the only drink in the wizarding community. Here is is a whole list of potions, brews, and waters that the whole family can enjoy together.

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Polyjuice Potion

Polyjuice potion is one of the most rememberable potions in Harry Potter, which is why I had to include it on this list. Just remember to be careful which hair you add in, don't want to be stuck like a cat for the night.

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Gillyweed Water

A great way to enhance water for any party. It's light a refreshing but looks like it came from the bottom of the Great Lake. Not to worry, you won't grow gills and webbings when you drink, but it'll taste a lot better than the gillyweed Harry had to eat for the Goblet of Fire.

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Pumpkin Juice

This pumpkin juice recipe drink is made with apple cider, pumpkin puree, and brown sugar this drink is full of delicious fall flavors. There's a reason it's so popular with the characters, it's delicious!

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Liquid Luck

I have a good feeling that this tasty drink will be the star of the party, after all, who couldn't use a little added luck?

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Love Potion

This family-friendly drink is right on theme and really delicious, just be careful who you give it to.

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Fizzy Orange Juice

Not only does this drink look magical, it tastes amazing too! Fizzy orange juice is one of my favorite drinks in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, and this copycat is a great option when you can't make it to the parks.

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Harry Potter Desserts for Your Sweet Tooth

Sticking with muggle customs, I saved dessert for last, but not least. Below you’ll find Harry’s favorite treat, chocolate frogs, acid pops, and so much more.

Pumpkin Pasties

Another classic trolly treat is pumpkin pasties. This easy-to-replicate recipe is another great option for anyone wanting to replicate Harry Potter foods from the movie.

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Licorice Wands

Another great wand option! I love how realistic these look. You'll find a video and step-by-step instructions to help you along the way.

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Broomstick Snack Bags

Great idea for a movie night snack! Fill it with popcorn and other snacks then have them ready to grab before you settle down for the movie.

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Acid Drops

​There seems to be a never-ending amount of treats at Honeyduke's, these acid pops included. Enjoy the sweet and sour experience that thankfully won't leave a hole in your tongue.

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Knickerbocker

This dessert is a treat that everyone will love. Just make sure to add plenty of ice cream to your knickerbockers, wouldn't want anyone throwing a fit over them like Dudley.

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Aunt Petunia’s Cake

​I remember cringing while I watched this beautiful cake float across the room and land right on Mrs. Mason's head. Maybe keep the house elves at home for this party, wouldn't want them ruining another cake.

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Harry’s Birthdae Cake

​You can't have a birthday party for Harry without making Hagrid's birthdae cake for him. This recipe is easy to follow and delicious!

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Troll Boogies

We all remember in The Sorcerer's Stone when Harry removed his wand from the troll's nose followed by a string of "troll boogies." This clever treat is infinitely more appetizing and a great addition to the themed snacks.

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Sugar Quills

Grab a quill and start biting.. oops I meant writing. These beautiful sugar quills could fool Dumbledore himself.

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Golden Snitch Truffles

You'll love the look of these delicious peanut butter balls almost as much as the taste. That is if you are lucky enough to catch one.

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Canary Creams

These delicious canary creams won't give you wings, but they will make your taste buds soar. This nod to the Weasley twins is a great addition to a Potter party.

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co*ckroach Clusters

A popular sweet snack among the students of Hogwarts, these co*ckroach clusters will be a favorite party food. The best part is these use pecans and dates instead of real co*ckroaches, although you could switch it out if you plan on playing truth or dare.

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Cauldron Cakes

There is a bit of debate as to what cauldron cakes look like, some are made with chocolate cake others are vanilla based. I love the look and flavors of this cauldron cake, after all, you can never go wrong with chocolate and marshmallow.

Don't want to go with actual cupcakes? Make these cauldron cupcakes instead. They look like a potion gone wrong!

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Mandrake Cupcakes

Who can forget the fatal cry of mandrakes? While this cute cupcake version is far less dangerous, your sweet tooth will surely thank you. For a simpler version consider using brown marshmallows with some herbs on the top.

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Book Of Monsters

This is a bit of a stretch since technically it's not a recipe but a craft, but since it can be filled with whatever snacks you want, I am adding it.

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Mrs. Weasley’s Fudge

You can't forget to add Mrs. Weasley's fudge to your spread. This delicious treat was one of the first gifts Harry ever received from Mrs Weasley. Just another reason to love Molly Weasley for being the best mother.

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Chocolate Pretzel Wands

Nothing gives off Wizarding World of Harry Potter vibes more than wands. These easy-to-replicate treats are the perfect addition to any Potter food table, not to mention that chocolate-covered pretzels are delicious.

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Treacle Tart

You can't have a Harry Potter birthday party without recreating his favorite dessert, a treacle tart. Made with a buttery crust and golden syrup it's the perfect amount of caramelly goodness in tart form.

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Chocolate Frogs

As one of Harry's first experiences with magical goodies, these chocolate frogs are a must. Lucky for you, this tasty amphibian won't come alive and climb out the window before you have a chance to enjoy it. You can find a free printable for the box here or you can order a pack of the original chocolate frogs to save you time.

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Pumpkin Cakes

This copycat version of the popular pumpkin cake sold at Universal Studios Florida is another one that Harry Potter fans will recognize from the books and absolutely love! Plus, there's a hack for making this super simple!

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Forget being a muggle for a few hours and enjoy these magical treats with friends and family. My son loves all things Harry Potter so I can’t wait to use these for his next birthday party. I’d love to hear how you used the recipes in the comments section below!

More Fun Harry Potter Ideas

Don’t just stop with the food. Make your Harry Potter party better with these fun additions!

  • Harry Potter scavenger hunt – riddles based on the books and movies leading to a Harry Potter themed surprise!
  • Harry Potter danger words – this crazy game will have you trying to get people to guess the right word without guessing the dangerous one!
  • Harry Potter coloring pages – color all your favorite wizards in their Hogwarts house colors!
  • Harry Potter games – every game you can imagine, perfect for celebrating Harry Potter’s birthday July 31st!
  • Harry Potter charades – this is your chance to pretend to be in your favorite Harry Potter movie while acting out words!
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