Unleash Your Inner Wizard with a Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt

Hogwarts acceptance letter

Background:

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.

The 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.

Bonus Round

  • 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.

Making All the Documents Look Authentic

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.)

Harry Potter Scavenger Hunt – ANSWERS and Next Clue for Printing 

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.

Train Tickets

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.

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

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. Below is the first letter the owl delivered.

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, 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!

24 Comments

  1. Martha on 07/11/2019 at 6:35 PM

    This is precious!
    Have fun!

  2. Kate Parrish on 07/11/2019 at 9:17 PM

    This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for to use at my step daughter’s birthday party. Thanks for the downloads.

  3. Sandy on 07/11/2019 at 9:22 PM

    ❤️ the video!

  4. Jackie Joiner on 07/12/2019 at 8:40 AM

    Ocean and Luna will NEVER FORGET this!! So precious and making beautiful memories!

  5. Britney on 07/12/2019 at 8:41 AM

    What a fun way to surprise them! You are so creative!

  6. Dominique on 07/12/2019 at 1:34 PM

    I gonna download this for my babies birthday party in September. She really like Harry Potter.

  7. Evelyn on 07/12/2019 at 4:59 PM

    Looks like a lot of fun! I enjoy your blog.

  8. Belinda Smith on 07/13/2019 at 1:22 PM

    Good idea! Your dog is too cute!

  9. Sally Marie on 07/13/2019 at 3:04 PM

    I want to do this for my son’s Bday. He turns 10 in October. Decided I need to do something special with it being double digits Bday!

  10. Cynthia on 07/13/2019 at 3:05 PM

    I don’t have a color printer. Any suggestions?

    • Suzanne on 07/13/2019 at 8:51 PM

      Hey Cynthia,
      Thanks for reading my blog and that is a good question. No problem if you don’t have a color printer. I would suggest maybe getting some Harry Potter stickers to use. There are several options on Amazon from which you to choose. The important thing is just to have fun!
      Thanks again for reading my blog and let me know how it goes!
      Suzanne

  11. Wendy on 07/16/2019 at 10:14 AM

    I just love it!!!!!

  12. Jenna on 07/16/2019 at 11:24 AM

    Bookmarked this for my daughter’s spend the night party! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. The Harry Potter sequence has had four composers.

    • Suzanne on 10/26/2019 at 10:11 AM

      That is good to know. Thanks for sharing this with me.
      Suzanne

  15. Geraldo Mcartor on 01/09/2020 at 6:32 AM

    Awesome post, thanks for sharing!

  16. Jack Peterson on 01/09/2020 at 12:07 PM

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  17. Renae Guilbeaux on 03/10/2020 at 11:56 PM

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  18. Mindy Mcgaughy on 05/28/2020 at 9:35 AM

    Pretty cool post and makes me want to do a Harry Potter Scavenger hunt with my kiddos. I stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I’ve really enjoyed browsing your blog post. After all I’ll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!

  19. Rebeca Halleck on 08/05/2020 at 11:58 PM

    Excellent write-up. I absolutely love this site. Thanks!

    • Suzanne on 08/06/2020 at 5:10 PM

      Rebeca,
      Thanks so much! It was a fun experience for our girls!
      Suzanne

  20. Carolina on 09/14/2021 at 12:58 PM

    Hello, Suzanne! Thank you so much for sharing this with so many details! I’m from Brazil and I’ll do something like this for my son’s birthday! Could you tell me what font did you use for the clues please? Thanks a lot!

    • Suzanne on 09/14/2021 at 6:55 PM

      Carolina,
      I am so happy this is helpful to you! Our girls loved it! I used Trattatello font. I hope this helps!
      Have fun and Happy Birthday to your son!
      Suzanne

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