How I planned a magical Harry Potter-themed birthday party
It was bewitching.
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My sister, Aleesha, was barely ten-years-old when she was first enchanted by the magical world of Harry Potter.
The spell it cast on her was a strong one, and so even on her 25th birthday - after all this time - I knew she was still way too be obsessed with JK Rowling's bewitching world.
I thus decided to throw her a Harry Potter-themed party.
For two weeks my friends, our cousins Roshan, Rebecca, Tanita, Tasha, Nitin and I brainstormed and scoured the internet for ideas so that we could customise.
I stole my sister's Harry Potter film wizardry book to understand the production and design elements of various props such as invitations to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Marauder's Map, labels for items from Honeyduke's and Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes) seen in the series' movies better.
While Tasha blended numerous potions and concoctions in the quest for authentic Butterbeer: using recipes for the drink popular among wizards from the Wizarding World Park website.
I ensured every part of our house to be theme-inspired, and with a bunch of do-it-yourself ideas in tow, I started working on them a week before her birthday. Here is a glimpse of the marvellous evening we were able to conjure for Aleesha.
(Photograph courtesy: Justin Rabindra)