Friday, June 29, 2012

A Wizarding Party (Decorations part 2)

For the rest of the tour.....we welcome you to the Gryffindor common room.  Make yourself comfy. 

...and the final stop on our tour, Potions class.  

Up next...(in a little while :)..) Party Fun.

Gryffindor banner printable (here)
candles (Hobby Lobby)
moss (Dollar Tree)
random decorations (birdcage, owls books, wand etc...) borrowed
Gryffindor crest printable (here)
Sorting hat (borrowed from my friend Chelsea who made it)
potion label printables (here)
random jars (some borrowed, some vases, some D.I., and the rest; my stash of glass bottles.  I keep all glass bottles from food and store them for future use ie; salsa, pickles, syrup etc...and they looked great)
potions class label (I made)
spider magnets, little skulls, and cockroaches in jar (also borrowed from Chelsea) 
dry ice (Harmons)
Cauldrons (mine, Halloween decoration)
Wizarding World of Harry Potter map printable (here)

Potions I did:
First off, I just used the labels I printed off for the actual potion jars.  All other bottles were empty but I threw dirt on them to give them a dusty old look.  

I looked up all the potions to do them as close to their descriptions, in the book, as possible.   Here's what I came up with and what they are described as:

"A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a
            goat and it will save you from most poisons"
I used river rocks

Draught of Living Death:
"is an extremely powerful sleeping
draught, sending the drinker into a death-like slumber"
"the potion should resemble a smooth black currant
colored liquid at the halfway stage; it should then turn
a light shade of lilac, then clear as water."
I used water 

"is a dreadful-tasting potion which causes
vanished or otherwise lost bones to regrow in a notably
slow and painful process.  The potion comes in a large
bottle and smokes as it is dispensed."
I used water with white food coloring
(the food coloring kept settling at the bottom of the jar
so  anytime I wanted a picture I had to stir it, I would use milk next time)

Pepperup Potion:
 "is a potion which cures the common cold.
It has the side-effect of causing steam to come out of
the drinker's ears for several hours after it is imbibed"
There was no description of appearance.
I used water with red food coloring and peppermint oil with dry ice

Bubotober Pus:
 "is the liquid found in the swellings
of the magical Bubotuber plant.  It is very valuable
for it's acne-ridding qualities.  It is a thick, yellowish-green
liquid and smells strongly of petrol."
I used Bag Balm (a type of "jelly" for diaper rashes)
with a TEENY bit of green food coloring

"is the most powerful love potion in the entire world.
 It causes a powerful infatuation or obsession in the drinker.
It has a distinctive mother-of-pearl sheen, and steam
rises from it in characteristic spirals."
I magic bullet'ed water, flour, and shimmer paste I have.
Then I sprinkled fine glitter on top.

Wartcap Powder:
"is a pulverized substance which causes the skin of
 a person who touches it to form a thick hard crust."
No description was given for appearance.
I used baby powder

Essence of Dittany:
"It must be quite rare, because Hermonie
was only able to obtain a small bottle of it for her,
Harry, and Ron's travels.  It is described as a brown liquid"
I used soy sauce.

"it is a powerful truth serum.  It is clear, colourless,
and odorless and is almost indistinguishable from water."
I used honey mixed with water to thin
(apparently I missed the whole "it's clear" part....:)

Felix Felicis:
"Liquid Luck" "this potion has a shining
gold appearance, resembling molten gold."
I used Lime "sauce" you add to soda
to spice it up (not sure what it's called..)

Flesh Eating Slug Repellent:
"was a pesticide to rid of flesh eating slugs"
 I didn't find any description of appearance.
I used some Scott's Turf Builder pellets
we had in the garage.

Wolfsbane Potion:
"is an innovative and complex potion that relieves,
but does not cure, the symptoms of lycanthropy.
The completed potion exudes a faint blue smoke."
I used water blue food coloring and dry ice

The potion bottles were a mix of great D.I. finds, vases and my stash of glass bottles I don't throw out :)
All quotes either come directly from the books or Harry Potter Wiki.  

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