16 Things Every Major Harry Potter Fan Should Do Before They Die (2024)

You've read all the books (too many times), you've seen all the movies (more than once), and you're absolutely certain that you'll be a Harry Potter fan until the day you die. Thankfully, we live in a world that not only accepts our passion for HP, but embraces it. With the newest additions to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the announcement of the new Harry Potter book, and a potential Yule Ball in the future, there's never been a better time to be alive and in love with all things Harry and Hogwarts.

There's an endless list of sites to see, foods to taste, and things to try within the Harry Potter fandom. So much so, I've gathered together a list of 16 things every die-hard HP fan must do within their lifetime. Some are easy, like making sure Pottermore has officially placed you in your Hogwarts House, whereas others will take a bit of planning, like visiting the town of Edinburgh, the birthplace of the series.

Consider this just the beginning of the HP bucket list. As more Harry Potter events and places pop up in the Muggle world, the more we'll have to do. So let's get started!

1. Throw A Harry Potter Themed Party

Don't lie, you've dreamed of throwing, or at least attending, a Harry Potter party since you read the first novel. Imagine everyone dressed up as their favorite characters, the movie soundtrack playing in the background, and a cake just like the one Hagrid brought Harry in the first book — it all sounds too good to be true. But it isn't! You can do it with these helpful tips! I helped throw a major HP party for my roommate a few years ago, and it was a hit. With a fake brick door, chopstick wands, homemade butterbeer, and a lot of hanging candles, it was the best party I've ever attended.

2. Visit Every Harry Potter Theme Park Around The World

This is a lifetime of travel we're talking about — Florida, England, Scotland, Portugal. Check out these 14 places every HP fan must visit in their lifetime, and get to planning. Unfortunately, portkeys aren't real, and airplane fare is a bit expensive. But these trips will totally be worth every penny.

3. Take The Perfect Photo At Platform 9 ¾

If and when you get the chance to visit all of the incredible HP themed places around the world, you must, and I repeat, you MUST take a perfect pic at Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station in London, England. It will forever be your favorite picture of all time.

4. Take A Trip To Edinburgh

The birthplace of Harry Potter is an absolute must on every HP to-do list. Visit the iconic Elephant House cafe where Rowling wrote some of the books, and wander around the quaint little town. You'll feel as if you're in Hogsmeade.

5. Get Sorted Into A Hogwarts House On Pottermore

I can't imagine how any super HP fan hasn't already done this, but just in case you haven't, do it ASAP! You probably already know your house, but it isn't official until Pottermore has sorted you.

6. Get A Wand

The next thing you have to do is get yourself a wand. You can mimic one of the greats and get yourself a version of Harry, Hermione, or Ron's wand, or you can get your own personalized wand from this adorable Etsy shop.

7. Learn Your Signature Spell

What's a wand good for if you don't know any spells? After reading the series too many times to count, I don't doubt that you already know a few spells by heart, but it never hurts to find out your signature spell. Harry is known for Expelliarmus — what are you known for?

8. Find Our What Your Patronus Is

Again, you probably already know this, but will another online quiz hurt? I didn't think so, either.

9. Get Your Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

If you're still waiting around to receive your acceptance letter, you're not alone. But it's time to get stuff done, and if that means ordering yourself a Hogwarts letter for fun. You won't regret it, because having that letter framed on your wall will forever make you happy.

10. Write With A Quill

This probably seems silly — and like a small task among a very large list — but it's still important. If you've never written with a quill, you're missing out on the fun... and frustration. It'll make you feel like you're officially a Hogwarts student the moment you finish a homework assignment or office project with a quill in hand.

11. Ride A Steam Train

You know you want to feel like you're on the Hogwarts Express, so book yourself a steam train ticket with a view, and enjoy the ride.

12. Make Harry Potter Themed Treats

Treat yourself to some butterbeer from scratch, or make your own chocolate frog molds. There's a bunch of fun options when it comes to HP treats, and it could make for a really geeky date night!

13. Try Bertie's Every Flavor Beans With A Friend

Speaking of treats, you aren't an official HP fan until you've made your tongue hate you after trying Bertie's Every Flavor Beans with a fellow HP lover. Is it buttered popcorn or earwax flavor? You won't know until you try.

14. Attend A Real-Life Quidditch Match, Or Host One Yourself

I went to an art school for college, so naturally there was a Quidditch team rather than a football or basketball team. But even if you don't attend a nerdy school, there are Quidditch games played around the world, and you can (and definitely should) attend one!

15. Stay In A Harry Potter Themed Hotel

There's the Georgian House in England, or the Sylvia Beach Hotel in Oregon. You can't put a price tag on fulfilling a lifelong dream of staying in a room that makes you feel as though you're finally a part of the Harry Potter world.

16. Gift Harry Potter To Someone Who Has Never Read Or Seen The Series

My older sister gave me the series when I was younger, and I can't wait to give my niece her very own first copy. There isn't a better feeling than passing down something you love with all your heart to someone you adore more than anyone else.

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16 Things Every Major Harry Potter Fan Should Do Before They Die (2024)


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  • A Great Set Of The Films. ...
  • A Hogwarts House Scarf. ...
  • Your House Crest. ...
  • The Harry Potter Soundtrack. ...
  • A Harry Potter-Themed T-Shirt. ...
  • A Poster With Your Favorite Harry Potter Quote. ...
  • Harry Potter-Themed Candy.
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What are some unanswered questions in Harry Potter? ›

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Why do people like Harry Potter? ›

The books are full of interesting characters and storylines and always focus on the importance of friendship, family, loyalty and trust, good over evil. All the magic is intriguing and makes me wish I could have gone to Hogwarts! I love the fact that Harry is a flawed hero.

Who is the number 1 Harry Potter fan? ›

This week we meet Steve Petrick, 30, who was once crowned The World's Biggest Harry Potter Fan in an online poll. THAT'S how obsessed and dedicated to the Boy Who Lived he is.

What spell does Harry use most often? ›

The most common incantation appears to be Stupefy, followed by Expelliarmus, Lumos, Accio, and Expecto Patronum. And unsurprisingly, since the books are from Harry's perspective, Harry is the character who uses his wand the most. He's followed by Hermione, Dumbledore, Snape, Ron, Voldemort, and Molly.

What is the rarest ability in Harry Potter? ›

Those that are gifted with the power of flight are perhaps more rare than any other wizard that has any other power. Able to fly purely because of their own powers and not reliant on any type of enchanted item or spell at all, the number of these special wizards known to exist can be counted on one hand.

What was Harry Potter's worst fear? ›

As mentioned by Remus Lupin, Harry's true fear was fear itself, which the Dementors projected. The creatures forced him to feel the defeated mentality inside of him that he generally pushed down.

What is the most liked Harry Potter? ›

popularity is the % of people who have a positive opinion of a Harry Potter movie. Find out more
  1. 1 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone68%
  2. 2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince61%
  3. 3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets60%
  4. 4 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 159%

Why is Harry Potter so popular with adults? ›

It's a compelling and interesting story! Harry Potter was written for young adults, but that doesn't mean that fully grown ones can't enjoy it as well. It really comes down to preference of literature, and you'd be surprised as to how much adults like good young adult novels.

What to offer to a Harry Potter fan? ›

From magical merchandise to enchanting artifacts, these spellbinding gifts will charm witches and wizards of all ages.
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  • Paladone Harry Potter Golden Snitch Light.
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How old is the average Harry Potter fan? ›

Nope, 65% were over the age of 25, 35% were under 25 – and just 18% were under 18.

What is the most important item in Harry Potter? ›

Elder Wand. The Elder Wand, also known as Deathstick or the Wand of Destiny, is an extremely powerful wand made of elder wood with a core of Thestral tail hair. In the book it is a thing of legend and is believed to have changed owners throughout history.

How do you become a true Harry Potter fan? ›

Check off the things you've done:
  1. Read all the books.
  2. Read all the books multiple times.
  3. Watched all the movies.
  4. Watched all the movies multiple times.
  5. Been sorted (on Pottermore, Wizarding World, or just an online quiz)
  6. Took a sorting quiz multiple times just to make sure.
  7. Called yourself a Potterhead.
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