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Weekend Links: Celebrating #BacktoHogwarts Day and Harry Potter Fans

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September 1st marks the day that all young witches and wizards from all over the U.K. head to Platform 9 3/4 to jump on the Hogwarts Express and leave for Hogwarts! It’s truly hard to believe it has been 25 years since the first meeting of this super-trio.

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The real life King’s Crossing even got in on the festivities…

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The epic online event included fun quizzes and songs from sites like Pottermore and Harry Potter World

…and even a stern warning from Professor Snape.

I have had so much fun these past few days exploring the craziness connected to the #BacktoHogwarts hashtag on Twitter and finding exciting new Harry Potter-themed activities on Pinterest. Here are some of my top picks for things your family can do to bring the magic of Hogwarts to life.

From Golden Snitch Pops to a “Dementor Relief Kit,” has 101 Harry Potter-inspired activities for kids!

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Have some fun “Harry Pottering” up the books in your house with these free printable Hogwarts book covers!


Make your own Potion! Snape’s Magic Potion Printable Activity 


Learn now to make Harry Potter’s Potions Class Experiments at Imagination Soup

Harry POtter activities

Make your own Sorting Hat!

Harry POtter Sporting Hat Craft

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