Eventually, the train arrived at Hogsmeade, and we made our final leg of the journey to Hogwarts Castle.
Okay, but seriously. One of my dear friends, Rachael, had a Harry Potter themed birthday party. Y'all this was the best party I've been to in who knows how long! Everything was decorated perfectly according to theme. It was like we were at Hogwarts! Their dining room was turned into the Great Hall and stocked with tons of tasty treats from The Three Broomsticks and Honeydukes!
The kitchen was stocked with delicious drinks like Butterbeer and Pumpkin Juice. Part of it was also turned into Potions class!
The backyard was prepped and ready for our Quiddich tournament. Here are some pictures of it in the daylight, just wait until you see what happened when the sun went down...
The living room was set up with the house points to see who would eventually win the house cup! But before we could figure that out, first, we had to be sorted into our houses!
Upon arrival, Ollivander set up shop in Hogsmeade, so our wands could choose us before heading off to Hogwarts. It's hard to do magic without a wand! A wand even chose little Chloe who was dressed up like Hedwig! Her wand was made of Fir with a core of Unicorn Hair. The Elder Wand chose me. What can I say, I'm a very powerful wizard. The core of Dragon Heartstring means that I could be drawn towards dark magic, but as long as I stay on the right path, I will chose the light.
Once all the first year wizards arrived, we were sorted into our houses. Everyone took a house sorting quiz and then the Sorting Hat told us where we belong!
I'm a Slytherin! Now don't think that this is a bad thing. Yes, many dark wizards belong to Slytherin, but remember, Harry could have been one too! Slytherin qualities include: loyalty to friends and allies, very clever, wit, lots of ambition, willing to bend the rules and determination.
Once we were all sorted (Caitlin and Matt were Hufflepuffs and Lauren a Gryffindor!), it was time to attend class!
Transfiguration included a fantastic Photo Booth. We took some awesome pictures!
It was by far my favorite class of the day! I love our Slytherin class photos, we look pretty fantastic.
Potions was in the kitchen and involved tasting some delicious concoctions.
Some other classes included Charms (practicing Wingardium Leviosa), Care of Magical Creatures (playing with the pups), Herbology (planting herbs in mini cauldrons), Divination (Magic 8 Ball) and Defense Against the Dark Arts (hunting Horcruxes). We also had a bad ass Quiddich Tournament!
But before we get to Quiddich, I must tell the story behind this picture! Caitlin is reaching into my Moby Wrap while I'm biting her arm because she's trying to steal back the Divination Ball. The Slytherins were gathering the instructions and objects in each class so the other houses couldn't participate. We wanted to win! I happen to have the Divination Ball next to Chloe's head and Caitlin finally found it!
And on to Quiddich! First Gryffindor played Hufflepuff and Gryffindor won! Then it was Ravenclaw vs. Slytherin. I was the seeker and unfortunately lost the snitch. It didn't help that I was in sandals and the Ravenclaw seeker was a little too aggressive for me. I didn't want to crush the snitch aka the birthday girl!
Caitlin joined our team since there were only 4 Slytherins! In the final match, Ravenclaw vs. Gryffindor, I was the snitch! In the end Gryffindor won!
Gryffindor also won the house cup which the Slytherins were convinced was rigged!
Overall, the party was an absolute blast and a total hit! I don't remember the last party I went to that was this fun! I made so many new friends and got to celebrate Rachael all night long! Happy birthday Rach! We love you!