Anyone who’s ever watched the Harry Potter movies or read the book has at one point in time desperately wished to receive their Hogwarts letter. Many have dreamed about boarding the red steam engine at Platform 9 ¾ and being welcomed to the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry with a lavish feast, where platters keep filling magically and food tastes like no other place in the world. Where sweet tasting beers ‘warm your insides’and frogs made of chocolate leap about.
The ‘wizarding’ world has enamored us with more than just its flying broomsticks, gothic castles, flying cars, dragons, unicorns and Draco Malfoy’s slick bad boy hairdo (yumm), it has also presented us with some mouth-watering descriptions of food that made our stomach rumble and made us wish more fervently for that acceptance letter.
Just look at the breakfast table..loaded! Who could stop eating? Not me. So, here is a compilation of foods all Potterheads agree they desperately want to savor in real life.
- Butter Beer
Mentioned for the first time in Prisoner of Azkaban, this beer was described as the ruling monarch of all drinks in the wizard and muggle (non-magic) world: the best. Most delicious concoction Harry had ever tasted. It was described as “Harry drank deeply. It was the most delicious thing he’d ever tasted and seemed to heat every bit of him from the inside.”
After the initial mention Butter Beer made several appearances in the sequels, always when the Golden Trio needed comfort, relaxation or wanted to enjoy a good time. And this made Harry Potter fans realize that Butter Beer is the caffeine replacement they are surely missing out on. You can make your own Butter Beer with this recipe:
Homemade butter scotch sauce 6-8 tablespoons
3 cups apple cider
3 cups Non-Alcoholic Ginger Beer
Whipped cream for topping
Heat the cider and butter scotch sauce in a medium saucepan until the butterscotch dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in the beer. Serve in mugs with loads of whipped cream on top.
- Sound Producing Chocolates
How amazing would it be to pop a chocolate in your mouth and suddenly, you can roar like a lion? Pretty cool, I know! These playful desserts made their first appearance in the movie, Prisoner of Azkaban. Watch the scene above and you’d agree with me that these chocolates are a must try. I imagine them as slightly spicy and sweet.
I guess wizarding world was rather quite fond of messing around with chocolate. We all saw the scene where the chocolate frog leaped out the Hogwarts Express, and thought, “damn, there goes a perfectly good piece of chocolate.” It’d be exciting at the least to eat chocolate that was bewitched…can be gross too, if you think about eating a frog. We’ll let you decide for yourselves.
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans
Fudge, pizza, steak, lasagna, burger, honeysuckle, old socks, ear wax, vomit; you name it and Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Bean will taste like it. Gross, I know, but you could end up eating one that tasted like sunshine, beach or mountains. Watch Dumbledore’s reaction.
A bakery in England makes them with gooey chocolate filled centers, cream centers and marzipan handles. I wonder what the actual cauldron cakes tasted like. They were a staple in every tea party or formal gathering or collection of cakes. I bet it was a twist on the soufflé.
Boy, would I use these to get out of so many situations. Fred and George Weasley’s creations are ones revered by all Potterheads and can help fix many a terrible situations (unwanted guests, zabardasti ghar ka kaam)
Every high school student will agree with me that these would have been ideal to skip Chemistry or Maths class or when the Urdu teacher really got into Mir’s poetry. Dang it, we need these in real life, pronto! For the sake of all innocent, suffering students.
Hogwarts’ Steak and Kidney Pie
Pie+steak+Hogwarts’ magic= Avada ka awesome! Every time Harry had a steak and kidney pie in front of him, he forgot whatever was going on in his troubled (exciting) world; be it Hermoine and Ron fighting, Professor Slughorn blocking his way, or trying to find who is Nicholas Flammel, this pie was Potter’s favorite and we can safely bet Merlin’s beard it’d be delicious as fudge!
Hogwarts’ Pumpkin Pasties
A Halloween feast specialty. The perfect new edition to party food for your next Halloween. Ron had practically snorted them so it is evident they were mouthwatering. Kind of like our Pakistani halwa kuddo gosht in a puff pastry..yum!
Hogwarts’ Treacle Tarts
“Harry was too used to their bickering to bother trying to reconcile them; he felt it was a better use of his time to eat his way steadily through his steak-and-kidney pie, then a large plateful of his favorite treacle tart.”
Guess the boy who lived was rather fond of desserts. The flaky, crusty, striped Treacle tart has made quite many appearances in the books at Hogwarts’ table. Ron once shushed Hermoine just to enjoy his slice and spoke of them with an almost reverential tone. We wish we could have warm, cream topped slice of the treacle tart which made Harry daydream and ignore all the bickering around him. Talk about food that transports 😛
Hope you guys aren’t too hungry by the end of the article because I sure am. Excuse me, while I go stuff my face with comfort food and cry why I haven’t’ received my Hogwarts letter still.