And they said this:
As you all know there has been a major breach of security in the wizarding world with the publication of a series of books by muggle J.K. Rowling detailing our history. The Ministry of Magic is doing our best to spread the rumor that Mrs. Rowling’s works are nothing but silly fiction, which means wizards everywhere have been forced to assume muggle identities while the ministry of magic works to research how a mere muggle like Mrs. Rowling obtained this top secret information.
All wizards are asked to gather at a secret location disguised as the Ford Home on the evening of Saturday, October 27th at 7 p.m. to discuss this matter over dinner. The utmost has been done to provide security at this event so come in your true wizard form.
Search Mrs. Rowling’s official site for an original sketch of “The Midnight Duel”. The sketch will not be easy to find, and locating it will provide proof that you’ve researched the security breach caused by Mrs. Rowling. At the bottom of the sketch there is a different name for this chapter, which is also the name of the blog (www._________.blogspot.com). Once you obtain the blog address, RSVP by posting a comment with your true wizard identity and your assigned number. DO NOT REVEAL YOUR MUGGLE IDENTITY in order to maintain your secret identity until the gathering.
Your assigned numbers are: ______, _____
The aurors are hard at work so we have faith that all will be known soon.
-The Ministry of Magic
The answer was Draco Duel so the blog where everyone rsvp'ed is here.
We started out with a simple dinner of chili or squash soup, salad, corn bread, and butterbeer (thanks Ortons for coming up with a butterbeer recipe and Richardsons and Beazers for bringing squash soup). Larry made an awesome Harry Potter soundtrack that played throughou tthe evening with music from the movies and from the band Harry and the Potters. We were so busy setting up for the rest of the night that the tablesetting wasn't so pretty but I did manage to serve the chili toppings from little pumpkins, and I put up a sign that said, "Catered by the Leaky Cauldron"And we had pumpkin donuts for dessert so I could make use of my soon-to-be Christmas present again (Thanks Santa!)
And my favorite suckers from Startups
Larry and I greeted our guests dressed as Dolores Umbridge (too bad you can't see my gold kitten broach in these pictures) and the Weasley twins. Larry kept switching off telling people that he was Fred or George and getting annoyed that people couldn't tell them apart. Creed was a mandrake (an idea that I got from my friend Jessica). Note to self, next time I'm hosting a themed party and I get to choose my costume first, don't choose the most hideous costume possible!
I LOVE how fun and creative our friends are. Check out their costumes. Lucious Malfoy and Bellatrix Lestrange.
Nymphadora Tonks and Aberforth Dumbledore. I don't know how he did it, but he had a "spell" that allowed him to randomly throw flames throughout the evening. Fleur Delacour Cedric Diggory and Cho Chang Hermione Granger and Neville Longbottom Minerva McGonagall and Quirinius Quirrell Hagrid and Trelawny Rita Skeeter and Remus Lupin. He grew his beard out for weeks for this and had fur coming out of his collar and cuffs since it was a full moon and her tiny hat says "press" on it.Harry Potter and Luna Lovegood. She had a copy of the Quibbler with funny articles in it.After dinner I gathered everyone together and told them:
We’ve planned this meeting around the quaint muggle holiday of Halloween, a day when muggles dress themselves up in disguise, so you won’t have to be bothered with cumbersome disguises. Muggles will just assume that you are pretending to be characters from Mrs. Rowling’s books. They will be completely unsuspecting of your true identities.
For your safety, I am putting you in teams of four wizards each and I advise you to stick with your companions to minimize the danger of this mission. I cannot provide you with a list of the businesses you’ll be visiting tonight because if it fell into the wrong hands the result could be cataclysmic. I can only give you a clue to get you to the first location and then at each location you will have to search for a clue to the next.
To reinforce the urgency of this mission, the first team to arrive back here will be greatly rewarded.
I wanted to have some sort of adventure for the evening and I figured this would be good because not only was it Harry Potter related, but since we've lived here a lot longer than some of our friends, it allowed us to send our friends to discover some of our favorite places around town. Then I gave them their first clue:
The maker of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans has been forced to put up a front in Grandview where he sells every flavor ice cream for muggles. Go to this shop and tell the cashier that you, “Solemnly swear you are up to no good.” In return you will receive and item that will be a hint toward the next location you need to visit.
It didn't take everyone too long to get back and then we played a round of Harry Potter Scene It, boys verses girls (the girls won of course). It was so fun to get everyone together. Who knows when we'll be able to get together again for the Tri-Wizard Tournament?
Now I just have one more Halloween party to plan. That's right folks, a THIRD Halloween party, but this one will be for church so at least Larry and I won't have to rush around trying to get our house clean!