Chemical Kim: Wizard Science Party

The new J.K. Rowling movie "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" hits theaters next weekend which makes this the perfect time to have a Wizard Science Party!

With the exciting release of J.K Rowling's next Wizarding World movie release of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" it is a fun time to have a Wizard Science Party!

Potions Class: With a plant from a herboligist, such as mandrake or venomous tentacula, you can make a magical potion that can turn water into wine.

What you will need: red cabbage, baggies, water, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, wine glasses.

Now try this: Rip up leaves of the red cabbage in baggies filled with a small amount of water. Crush the leaves until the water turns a light blue or purple. Fill a wine glass half filled with water. Now with the help of your wand and a magic spell "Eye of rabbit, harp string hum, turn this water into rum" pour the cabbage juice into the vinegar - magical! You turned water into wine!

Magical Creatures Class: This requires adult supervision with teenage kids only, observation for younger kids only. Safety glasses, fire safe location such as kitchen or outside, fire extinguisher 

You will need: safety glasses, sand or fire safe container, powdered sugar, baking soda, small dish, high proof alcohol or fuel oil, lighter.

Now try this: In small dish mix together 1 teaspoon baking soda with 4 teaspoons of powdered sugar. Place this mixture as a mound into the center of sand or fire proof container. Add a small amount of the alcohol around the mixture (don't use too much, just enough to cover around the mound). With adult supervision, light the alcohol and keep a very careful watch. Make an attempt to speak parseltongue (communicate with snakes) and hopefully a snake will appear out of the mixture. Let the alcohol burn to completion (note: alcohol burns a bit colorless so make certain the flame is out). Allow everything to cool and now you can touch your magical snake.

Explanation: 

The Potions Class involved an acid test using red cabbage. When you pull the juice out of the red cabbage it contains compounds called anthocyanins. These are the same molecules that contribute to our leaves turning colors in the Fall. Anthocyanins undergo color changes when their acidity changes. Vinegar is an acid and so turns the red cabbage juice red like wine.

The Magical Creatures Class involves a decomposition reaction of sugar. Sugar (or sucrose) has the chemical formula of C12H22O11 which indicates it is comprised of the elements carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen. When this compound decomposes it produces carbon and a lot of gases water because it's so hot. This causes the carbon to snake like in formation.

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