We wanted to surprise two very special girls with a trip to Universal Studios in Orlando. Our son Ryan’s partner is Bekah; she has two precious girls (Ocean and Luna) whom we love very much!
Instead of just telling them we are going to Universal Studios, we wanted to make telling them a memorable experience (as well as the trip itself). Hence, we decided to create a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt to reveal our trip.
You can do this for birthday parties, rainy days, Harry Potter weekend movie marathons, or any occasion that would warrant a Harry Potter scavenger hunt.
I spent two days creating this and you can use any of these documents for your scavenger hunt. All the downloads for this scavenger hunt are included in this blog post.
Our location rhyming clues were created for our house so you might need to customize it for your location (house, park, etc.).
An Overview of Our Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt:
- Our Uncle Jim started the scavenger hunt with great enthusiasm after seeing an owl deliver a letter on our deck railing (ironically close to our bird feeder) while our girls were in hearing distance.
- With a little encouragement, Ocean and Luna were prompted to go see what the owl left behind. On the rail, they found an envelope addressed to them. This was their first clue: “A thrilling adventure awaits you! Find your first clue where fish bite and look in the canoe.”
- In the canoe, they found a Harry Potter trivia question. They came to me (and all of our family who was present for the 4th of July holiday) to confirm the answer.
- Once they gave the correct answer, I gave them an envelope with the answer to the first question and a rhyme for them to go get their next Harry Potter trivia question. Here was the rhyme, “Who has ears like Dobby on her head? Find your next clue under her bed.” (The next clue was under Daisy’s bed; you have to admit she has Dobby-like ear.
- This cycle continued:
- Answering a Harry Potter trivia question and then
- Getting an envelope that included a rhyme for the next location in which they would find the next Harry Potter trivia question.
- This culminated on our porch with a Bonus Round of Harry Potter trivia questions. The girls knew most of the answers, but because our extended family was present, we allowed them to ask a friend or use Google on a family member’s phone if they were stumped. Our entire family joined in the fun!
- On the Bonus Round, we started giving prizes:
- Harry Potter books and wands
- Rain Ponchos which serve as invisibility cloaks ☔️
- Spending money
- Train tickets to Hogwarts
- Acceptance letters to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. (The letters revealed the trip).
- Neal had a YouTube video about Universal Studios cued up for them to watch on our porch television.
Below are all the DOCUMENTS I created for you to DOWNLOAD and alter as needed.
This master list helped me keep the scavenger hunt organized: Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt Master List
Here is the website Meebily.com I used for Harry Potter trivia questions.
I used this recycled brown paper to make everything look more authentic. I printed (color printer) and glued these Hogwarts Seals on each of the Harry Potter trivia questions. (The pink sticky notes were my reminders about where to hide each trivia question.)
Below is a picture of the envelopes containing the answer and the rhyme/clue indicating the next location.
I added sticky notes to remind me what trivia question each of these goes with (including location).
I made these envelopes on my Cricut. Click here for the Cricut pattern.
I wrapped the Harry Potter books and rain ponchos in brown paper with jute string.
You can download this picture and then insert it into an MSWord document, resize it as needed, and add a textbox to personalize with each child’s name OR you can just add a text box to the image and personalize.
Below is how I personalized the train ticket.
Below is the Hogwarts Acceptance Letter I wrote and printed for each girl. I personalized them. Here is the download as a PDF: Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Here is a link to the same letter in Google Docs. You can download it and then edit it as needed. I used Zapfino font for each letter; however, Google Docs does not have this font.
I used the Zapfino font for each letter. This is Ocean and Luna finding the first letter the owl delivered (thank you, Uncle Jim).
This is a picture of the girls reading the answer to the previous question and the next rhyming location clue.
This is a picture of the Bonus Round on the porch.
One of my favorite moments was when Luna said she was not old enough to attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
They were still in disbelief as they were watching the video. It was a fun and memorable moment for our family and especially Ocean and Luna. Click on the picture below to play the movie. I hope your Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt is as memorable as ours!