"'A Deathday Party? I bet there aren't many living people who can say they've been to one of those - it'll be fascinating!'"
-- Hermione Granger (CS8)
A Deathday Party is held on the anniversary of a witch’s or wizard’s death. Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington celebrated his 500th Deathday on Oct. 31, 1992. Harry, Ron and Hermione were the only living guest. The rest of the guest list were hundreds of Nick’s ghost friends including the other Hogwarts house ghosts, Peeves, Moaning Myrtle, the Wailing Widow from Kent and Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore and his huntsmen from the Headless Hunt.
The party was held in one of the more “roomier” dungeons. The passageway leading up to it was decorated with jet-black taper candles. The dungeon had a chandelier with blue-flamed candles overhead and an icy blue spotlight on the podium. An orchestra of 30 musical saws provided quavering music which the guests danced to. A long table covered in black velvet was laid out with rotting food including a large grey cake in the shape of a tombstone. To Nick’s dismay, Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore failed to believe Harry Potter when he told him that he found Nick “frightening.” Then the Headless Hunt began a game of Head Hockey during Nick’s speech.
Harry, Hermione, and Ron stayed as long as they had to in order to be sociable, then fled, hoping to catch the dessert course of the Halloween Feast in the Great Hall.