Thea Glassman
July 31, 2017 11:28 am
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Attention muggles and wizards alike. Today is Harry Potter’s 37th birthday — and J.K. Rowling’s 52nd! — and if you don’t have any plans to celebrate the wondrous life of The Boy Who Lived, we’d kindly like to suggest you change your entire schedule immediately.

With that, here are just a few ways — some small, some big — to pay tribute to one of the bravest wizards who ever lived. And note: All activities can (and should) be done while consuming butterbeer, because it’ll make your Harry Potter festivities just that much better.

1Bake a “Happee Birthdae” Cake.

You’ll recall, that’s the *sweet* gift — complete with pink frosting, and all the TLC — Hagrid gave little Harry for his 11th birthday. Bonus points if you also accidentally sit on the sugary delight, just like our favorite gamekeeper, so it’s a little smushed. Because, you know, authenticity.

2Buy a packet of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans and GO. TO. TOWN.

Speaking of sugar — because what birthday isn’t complete without sugar? — why not buy a classic Harry Potter treat and have a field day? Just be sure to watch out for the dirt and vomit ones because they do genuinely taste disgusting (trust us on this one).

3Host your very own Yule Ball in your apartment.

Your roommate will probably get into the idea and/or will respectfully leave the apartment if not. While it might be tricky to book the Weird Sisters for the gig (and plan a full-on ball at the last minute), you can always play Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on loop while having your own mini-mosh pit.

4Take a bath using a Harry Potter bath bomb.

YES, that’s a thing! There are actually bath bombs that change color and tell you what house you’re in when you drop them into the water (not Slytherin, not Slytherin). There’s also Golden Snitch and Triwizard egg-shaped ones — making bath time all the more magical. (And if you’re really into this idea, here’s another bath-bomb option.)

5Play a game of Quidditch with some friends.

Okay, so maybe you won’t be able to fly high in pursuit of the Golden Snitch. But Quidditch is a legit sport now, we promise. Many have found ways to adapt it to the ground, so why not give it a shot? You never know, you could be the next Viktor Krum.

6Visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Okay, okay, this one is probably much more doable for those in Florida or California (and better reserved for a belated celebration). For those of you a bit further away, we’d recommend you go buy some Butterbeer ice cream and chocolate frog trading cards to create the feeling that you’re in the glorious shadow of Hogwarts Castle. Or, if you’re feeling up to it, you could go ahead and book a trip.

7Follow J.K. Rowling on Twitter and watch her be the amazing, badass witch she is.

We’re assuming most Potter fans are already up with the glory that is Rowling’s Twitter account, but if not, you really won’t regret following — especially since she often drops Potter tidbits. And speaking of, you could always go back through to take a look at some of those tidbits on this glorious holiday (yes, we’re sticking with “holiday” for these big birthdays).

8Buy some of this amazing, new Harry Potter-themed merch and feel all the Hogwarts feelings.

You’ll be Potter chic in Slytherin leggings, a Patronus maxi skirt, and much more. Seriously, this seems like the perfect wardrobe update for any Potter fan.

9Go back to the basics and just re-read as many of the books as you can.

It’ll be the ultimate throwback to those days when your parents thought you were asleep, but you were really under the covers, reading Harry Potter into the wee hours of the night. So with that, Happee Birthdae, Harry! And happy celebrating, readers.

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