Over 20 Magical Harry Potter School Lesson Ideas

We love Harry Potter! The themes and storytelling are perfect for bringing some magic to otherwise boring lessons. So I’ve spent some time doing my best Rita Skeeter type investigations and I’ve uncovered 20 magical ways to create Harry Potter school lessons that will make your kids eyes LUMOS with excitement!

20 Magical Harry Potter School Lesson Ideas

Harry Potter School lessons and activities that teach science and STEM like magic!

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CREATE YOUR OWN HARRY POTTER WAND

The first thing any wizarding student needs is a wand. You could make your wand a few different ways, but these are a few of our favourite methods.

STEM Circuit Wand To Cast Lumos and Nox – This simple circuit activity is great for kids just learning how to build circuits. It includes a simple circuit break so not only does it include a lesson on electricity and currents, but it allows our young wizards to cast LUMOS and NOX like year 7’s!

Harry Potter Wands project for kids using STEM principles

Lumos Wand – These wands look so much like the wands in the movies and they light up!

POTIONS – BREW UP SOME LEARNING!

Potions Class – We love setting up our own potions class and exploring chemistry. We have done it so many times, but our favourites were when we explored colour changing liquids, erupting science and some simple chemistry.

Using items from the kitchen this fascinating experiment explores Acids and Bases and pH Levels. Kids will love digging through the pantry to test out whether items are an acid or a base, and explore pH levels of every day items. An excellent elementary experiment for hands on with science with lots of further studies.

Cauldron Bath Bombs – Break out the cauldrons, it’s time for potions class with this fun Cauldron Bath Bomb that includes a house reveal! Kids absolutely love this activity as they “brew” their very own potion, then add a little water and like magic it erupts and bubbles everywhere, magically revealing the secret colours inside.

cauldron bath bomb with hogwarts house reveal

Amortentia Love Potion – Be very careful with this love potion. Make sure Ron stays far, far away! We don’t need him getting all starry eyed again.

HOGWARTS INSPIRED KITCHEN SCIENCE

We know the house elves at Hogwarts create the most amazing feasts and edible creations. We sneaked down to the kitchens and brought back some of the best recipes. Keep in mind that many of these recipes involve many of the same skills needed in potions class. Just make sure you don’t mix up your polyjuice potions with your butterbeer!

Harry Potter Inspired Hot Chocolate Bombs

How about making your own Harry Potter Inspired hot chocolate bombs? Complete with lightening bolt and glasses? These hot chocolate bombs are the perfect magical potion for your little wizard.

Harry Potter Inspired Hot Chocolate Bombs

Butterbeer Fudge Candy Science

These treats are incredibly delicious and teach young wizards some fascinating science behind sugar crystallization.

Butterbeer fudge recipe that is easy and tastes like magic

Monster Book of Monsters Brownies

A fun treat! Encourage your kids to decorate their own Book of Monsters Brownies, then eat them before they bite!

Monster Book of Monsters Brownies

Butterbeer Cake Pops

A fun treat for any Harry Potter and wizarding party!

On a white background sits 2 cake pops shaped like butterbeer mugs with yellow bodies, white fluffy topping and grey handles. A wand lays in the back. Overlay text says Harry Potter Butterbeer Cake Pops

ALL THE WIZARDS LOVE QUIDDICH

Quiddich is the game of wizards. Performed on flying brooms it is a game that will take you to new heights! Celebrate the greatest game muggles have never heard of, with these Harry Potter activities.

Golden Snitch Bath Bombs – Learn chemistry and a little potions when creating these gorgeous golden snitch bath bombs. But the big question, can you catch it before it’s gone?

DIY Harry Potter Bath Bomb created to look like a Golden Snitch from Quidditch.

HARRY POTTER SCHOOL CHARMS LESSON

Wingardium Leviosar! Learn how to levitate a feather just like Hermionine did in the very first book. Swish and Flick! Then dive into a fascinating demonstration of magnetism that will have your wizard captivated.

Wingardium Leviosa Science Experiment Make A Feather Levitate

Revelio Charm – This spell (science) is so cool! Watch as the letters swim magically into focus.

TRANSFIGURATION GETS HANDS ON!

Transfiguration is all about changing things from one form to another. These experiments are perfect for getting hands on and learning how we can change things with science!

Butterbeer Slime – Learn all about polymers and explore how adding one ingredient can change the consistency of your slime to make it fluffy. Plus it is Butterbeer. Wizards love anything Butterbeer!

Butterbeer slime

Troll Bogeys Magnetic Slime – One of the funniest bits in the first Harry Potter is the TROLL IN THE DUNGEONS! scene. My kids LOVE that scene. In this science experiment we learn about polymers as we transfigure out sticky glue to a slime, then we explore the science of magnetism. Combine this activity with Wingardium Leviosar for an afternoon of magnetic fun!

Inspired by Harry Potter this magnetic slime recipe is like troll bogeys

Hogwarts House Butter Slime – These butter slime recipes are perfect for a house themed party or play session. Butter slime has a unique consistency that makes it irresistible to play with!

A collage of 4 butter slimes featuring each Hogwarts House from Harry Potter Overlay text says Harry Potter Butter Slime

Oobleck – Not only does this substance transfigure from solid to liquid like magic (or a non-Newtonian fluid), it can also change colour and even glow! Our glow in the dark oobleck is white under normal light, glows green in the dark and blue under black light! Want to try another colour changing oobleck? Check out this magical colour changing oobleck that changes from purple to blues or pinks.

Oobleck recipe that glows in the dark
Colour changing oobleck recipe and science experiment to inspire young scientific minds

Harry and Ron Slime – This slime is inspired by our favourite wizards (who we also named our cats after), and it glitters, like it is full of magic dust.

Transfiguration Mugs – These magical mugs change colour to reveal hidden designs. So cool!

CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES 

Harry Potter faces many amazing and captivating magical monsters. Many are scary. Some have names like Fluffy. But all can teach us a lesson, at least according to Hagrid.

Facing Boggarts – Help your child work through their fears and anxieties using a lesson inspired by the boggarts scene in Harry Potter. These monsters may be scary, but with the right mindset so much can be overcome.

How Harry Potter Boggarts sent my kids on a major literary and emotional growth journey.

Spiders in the Forest – Whatever you do, don’t let Ron near any of these activities! The forest around Hogwarts is full of creepy crawly spiders. Are you brave enough to make these homemade soaps or bath bombs.

Creepy Homemade Spider Soaps make a great kids project, especially for Halloween
Glow in the dark bath bomb recipe

MORE HARRY POTTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

Marauders Map Invisible Ink – This is a great activity using magical ink! I Solemnly Swear…

Divination Crystal Ball – Ready to see into the future? No tea leaves needed here, instead look into the magic crystal ball!

The Golden Egg from the Triwizard Tournament was an exciting mystery. Recreate that fun and excitement with a Golden Egg Harry Potter Bath Bomb Recipe. No singing mermaids included.

Harry Potter Bath Bombs Recipe inspired by Goblet of Fire Golden Egg

HARRY POTTER INSPIRED CODING LESSON

Learn some fun coding with this free Harry Potter inspired coding printable pack.

HARRY POTTER WORKBOOKS FOR YOUR MAGICAL SHELVES

In addition to the book series and supplemental books from JK Rowling, we also found some fun Harry Potter inspired math and science books. Check them out!

Harry Potter Paperback Box Set (Books 1-7)Hogwarts Library (Harry Potter)The Unofficial Harry Potter Coloring Math Book Multiplication & Division (A) Ages 8+: Black & White EditionHarry Potter Coloring Math Book Multiplication & Division (B) Ages 8+: Multiplying and Dividing Within 1000 with Regrouping, Tricks and Order of Operations. Black and White Edition (Make Math Fun)The Science of Harry Potter: The Spellbinding Science Behind the Magic, Gadgets, Potions, and More!The Science of Harry Potter: How Magic Really Works

 

Harry Potter Bath Bombs and Soaps

We love making magical bath bombs and soaps. It is a fantastic project for kids to stretch their creativity and learn some basic science skills. Here are some of our Harry Potter inspired bath bombs and soaps!

Harry Potter Bath Bombs
A Sorting hat soap with glitter sits on a brick background. Overlay text says DIY Sorting Hat Soap
Chocolate Frog Harry Potter Soap Jellies

I hope your lessons are filled with MAGIC!!

Over 20 magical science and STEM activities for a Harry Potter School inspired lesson

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