Christmas is now less than a month away and it's time to start enjoying the festivities. With both Halloween and Thanksgiving out of the window there is nothing stopping us from filling our hearts with the spirit of Christmas - and in this case - the spirit of Hogwarts. This article is for everyone who grew up with Harry in their hearts, the true Potterheads that stayed faithful to the end. Growing up you always had your nose in a book and you secretly dreamed of spells and magic. In a world full of muggles, you were a witch. You may never have received your Hogwarts acceptance letter, but this list will try to amend that by preparing you for a magical Christmas.
1. Get in the mood by listening to the right music
With Christmas comes festive music, and a Potter-Christmas is no exception. I have compiled a playlist for you to enjoy this holiday, and I highly recommend you listen to it while you prepare everything. All you need is a Spotify account, which is completely free, so you have no excuse. Just click on this link to get to the playlist!
2. Invite your friends to a Yule Ball
Christmas is a time to spend with friends and family, so I recommend inviting them over for your own little Yule Ball. It's an excuse to dress up, enjoy some drinks and eat some delicious treats. So get your quill and parchment out, those invites aren't going to write themselves!
3. Make some Butterbeer
Butterbeer is definitely a must for any Potter-themed event. It can be enjoyed both warm and cold, and there are many recipes to be found on the magical information device that is the internet. I would recommend trying out this YouTube tutorial, it's an easy recipe to follow and a funny video to watch. Not to mention that the butterbeer looks heavenly! For a fun adult-version of the drink just add rum or any alcohol of your choice.
4. Knit yourself a scarf
A cozy scarf is definitely needed, and you should definitely wear one that represents your house. Whether you're in Hufflepuff or Ravenclaw, this knitting pattern will tell you how to knit your own scarf. And don't worry, if you haven't mastered the knitting spell yet there are plenty of scarves for sale on Etsy.
5. Make some treacle fudge
It might be difficult to get to Honeydukes this Christmas, but that doesn't mean we can't enjoy treacle fudge. Hagrid's favorite slug-repellent can easily be enjoyed as a sweet treat, and this recipe will tell you exactly how to make it.
6. Get yourself a wand
You can't do spells without a wand, so you and your friends definitely need a wand workshop before the Yule Ball. You can of course buy the official merchandise, but if you're looking for a low budget wand you can DIY one with a chopstick, some paint and a glue gun. It's really simple to make and leaves a lot of room to be creative. Check out the video above to see how it's done.
7. Make some Golden Snitch Caramel Apple Cider
This recipe, which includes caramel apple cider and sugar cookies, looks absolutely delicious. The tutorial on how to make them is easy to follow and these would definitely be an eye-catcher at your Yule Ball.
8. Play some wizard's chess
We all know that no Christmas at Hogwarts is complete without wizard's chess. Whether you're as skilled as Ron or just getting started, chess will become infinitely more interesting if you get nerdy edition of the classic game. You can buy the iconic chess set here, either for yourself or as a Christmas gift for a fellow Potterhead.
9. Wear a warm Weasley sweater
This really is an essential part of your Christmas experience, and when you wear it you can imagine Molly Weasley using a knitting spell in order to make it for you. If you don't have a grandma you can bribe you can always buy your own jumper online.
10. Give the gift of a great story
The best thing about the holidays is that you have time off and you can FINALLY marathon all the Harry Potter movies that you've been dying to watch. And I can think of nothing better than snuggling up on the couch in front of the fireplace, enjoying some hot butterbeer and reading your favorite Harry Potter books. If you're feeling generous this year I think this special edition box set of all the Harry Potter books would be a great gift.