Muggles, Don't Even Think About Attempting This Harry Potter Bucket List
Muggles, don't even think about attempting this Harry Potter bucket list! It's only for folks who know their stuff about witchcraft and wizardry — aka extreme fans of J.K. Rowling's magical series. From collecting special items to learning one's own true wizarding colors, we've rounded up quite a few experiences that every Potter enthusiast should have in their lifetime. If there are items on this list that you haven't already accomplished, you won't need a Remembrall to remind you about them . . . you won't want to rest until they're completed!
Cook a Feast Worthy of the Great Hall
You don't need a kitchen full of house elves to make butterbeer, pumpkin pasties, and all of Harry's favorite treats — you simply need the right recipes.
Get Sorted Into Your Hogwarts House
By joining Pottermore, fans can learn their true Hogwarts colors (literally) during the first-year sorting. J.K. Rowling worked closely with the production of the game, so rest assured that the Sorting Hat's decision is 100 percent accurate.
Receive a Hogwarts Acceptance Letter
Even if you're older than 11, you can still experience the magic of receiving an acceptance letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Order one that's custom-made for you ($19). Just don't ask for weekend delivery — after all, there's no post on Sundays.
Take a Class at Wizarding College
While An Appraisal of Magical Education in Europe may not mention it, there is a magical institution in Poland called The College of Wizardry. Huge HP fans can take classes like Potions and Defense Against the Dark Arts, so don't miss out.
Read Your Tea Leaves
Unless you're Harry, you probably won't find a Grim . . . but you may have luck divining a wonky cross. Try reading the leaves left over from a custom Harry Potter tea blend for an extramagical experience. Even better if you drink the tea from a Harry Potter Grim-inspired teacup ($10).
Make the Ultimate Harry Potter Pilgrimage
From Diagon Alley to King's Cross Station, this list contains every travel destination that will delight Harry Potter fans. Try to visit as many as possible.
Discover Your Own Amortentia Scents
This is one bucket list task that you don't need help with: finding one's own amortentia scent only requires self-reflection. Your own love potion probably won't smell like freshly mown grass, new parchment, spearmint toothpaste, and Ron Weasley's hair, but we certainly wouldn't judge you if it did.
Cosplay at a Harry Potter Fan Convention
Attend a Harry Potter-themed fan convention such as LeakyCon in your best cosplay. Channel a different character every day, or try something crazy like a mashup with another fandom!
Interact With the Queen
You may not meet J.K. Rowling in person, but she's very active on Twitter — even a retweet counts as personal interaction, right?
Win a Harry Potter Trivia Game
Harry Potter trivia night is the perfect competitive activity for fans of the series. Just be sure to pull a Hermione and study up! Find a Harry Potter trivia event near you here.
Get Fit, Harry Potter Style
Nobody — not even the Golden trio — could defeat the Dark Lord while out of shape. Use your favorite series to tone up and get Quidditch-ready!
Wear a Weasley Sweater During the Holidays
Despite Ron's embarrassment over Mrs. Weasley's annual gift of a maroon sweater, most Potterheads would kill to unwrap a personalized garment (no matter how lumpy) on Christmas morning. You can buy one, learn to knit your own, or simply befriend a young wizard with a completely badass mother to accomplish this bucket list item — you choose.
While many colleges have intramural Quidditch leagues, you can also round up friends to play on your own. All you need are brooms, balls, and round goal posts.
Support the Cast Members' Passion Projects
Collect Every Chocolate Frog Card
If Ron can do it, so can you. This task isn't exactly difficult — it just means eating a lot of chocolate.
Let a Wand Choose You
"The wand chooses the wizard," so being chosen should be on your bucket list. (Or you can simply buy one . . . they're available on Etsy, at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and at fan conventions worldwide.)
Read J.K. Rowling's Other Works
Just because The Casual Vacancy and the Cormoran Strike novels don't contain magic doesn't mean they're not incredible. All of Queen Rowling's books are worth reading.
Get Through an Entire Pack of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans
You might hope not to taste grass, pepper, vomit, or dirt, but the odds are that you'll run into something nasty. "Alas, earwax."
Listen to the Series
You've already read the books, but have you listened to them? Having a narrator talk you through the world of Harry Potter is a totally different experience that every fan will love.
Meet a Cast Member
Striving to meet every member of the Harry Potter cast is admirable but not realistic for most people. However, you could probably meet at least one actor from the series at a convention, premiere, or signing.
Get a Potter Tattoo
There are so many different Harry Potter tattoo ideas to choose from . . . you might just want to start a sleeve.
Read the Academic Harry Potter Literature
If you haven't already read Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, you need to get on it — the movies are on their way.
Watch Every Harry Potter Film in a Single Day
Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine!
Own the Series From More Than 1 Country
Americans may be attached to their Scholastic copies of the series, but there are many contextual differences and fun illustrations to be found in international copies of the books. Make it your goal to own more than one set.