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Outing #28: Mischief Managed

London & Edinburgh, UK and Porto, Portugal


After a little time off due to non-coronavirus-related illness, we’ve regrouped for a week of Fantasy Field Trips. We started our adventures with a tour of Harry Potter hot spots.

To join in the fun, check out these fun virtual tours of sites in the UK and Portugal that inspired J.K. Rowling's magical world.

If you want more, explore the British Library's on-line exhibition with artifacts and stories related to magic and Harry Potter.

You can also visit the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic to learn more about the real history of magic in the UK and beyond.


  • Which real life Harry Potter hot spots would you want to visit?

  • Which Hogwarts house would you want to be in: Gryffindor, Slytherin, Hufflepuff, or Ravenclaw? Why?

  • If you could perform just one magic spell, which would you choose?


Definitely explore Wizarding World, the official Harry Potter website. There, you can use the virtual sorting hat, find your patronus, and get fitted for the perfect wand.

Want some "real" magical materials? Here are some of my DIY witch/wizard favorites:

Make your own Marauder's Map

  • First, watch the clip from the movie where the Weasley twins introduce Harry to the map.

  • Draw a map of your castle (aka house).

  • Hide something magical.

  • Mark where you hid your special object with disappearing ink.

  • See if a sibling or parent can reveal the secret trail and find your magical object.

What, you don’t have magical, disappearing ink? Make some with one of these tutorials using either heat or potions to reveal your message. (Note, if you use heat-activated magic, make sure an adult reveals the secret.)

Make your own magic wand

After visiting Ollivander’s on-line to get fitted for a wand, make a real-life version of it using a chopstick, glue gun, and some paint.

Want more? Find a whole world of DIY magic at Wizardry Workshop.


Post your wizard wonders in the comments below, on Facebook, or via email.

Photo credit: Karen Roe

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