How to Create a Harry Potter Themed Feast

Nine Methods:ButterbeerPumpkin JuiceTon-tongue ToffeeCauldron CakesAcid PopsPumpkin PastiesCockroach ClusterChocolate FrogPrintable Invitations

You can't have a Harry Potter Party without the right food, now can you? Use this how-to guide to impress your friends with your Harry Potter feast.

Method 1
Butterbeer

When your guests arrive, they'll be looking for a drink; Butterbeer is simple to make and just delicious! This is a highly adaptable recipe, and can be altered to suit: this is a basic recipe that most everyone will enjoy.

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    Gather the ingredients. You'll need some cream soda (club soda works, but doesn't taste quite the same, and butterscotch schnapps is much nicer for the adult potter parties ), butterscotch sauce (the kind that one puts on ice-cream), butter, and vanilla extract.
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    Put the butterscotch sauce and butter in a microwavable cup or bowl. Put it into the microwave for 1-2 minutes, which is about when it will get bubbly.
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    Stir it gently to ensure the butter is totally mixed in.
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    Slowly pour in the cream soda. It will fizz quite a lot, so it is important to do it as slowly as you can stand.
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    Pour the butterbeer into suitable glasses or mugs.
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    Serve quickly, or else risk cold butterbeer (which seems to defeat the purpose a little).

Method 2
Pumpkin Juice

Maybe your guests want a cold drink, or it's a summer party. Pumpkin juice is refreshing, and tastier than you might imagine.

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    Collect the following: chunks of chopped pumpkin, pineapple juice (again, apple juice will do in a pinch but pineapple is preferable), honey, cinnamon and/or ginger.
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    Juice the pieces of pumpkin very finely. There should be no chunks.
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    Pour the pumpkin and pineapple juice into a blender.
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    Add a small amount of honey, and blend it thoroughly. Add more honey to taste if you would like.
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    Shake some of the spice into it, and stir, making sure there is no hidden cache of the powder hiding in the bottom.
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    Pour the juice into suitable mugs/cups and refrigerate for as long as possible. Serve chilled, but try to avoid putting ice in as if it melts the juice will be diluted and the taste spoiled slightly.

Method 3
Ton-tongue Toffee

This will not, disappointingly, make your tongue grow to impossible sizes, but the great taste more than makes up for the lack of magical effect!

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    Collect the following: sugar, butter, vanilla extract and water. Simple, huh?
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    Put it all in a saucepan and mix it up, melting in the sugar over medium heat. If you want interestingly colored toffee, add some food coloring.
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    Boil the mixture until it reaches around 300 degrees Fahrenheit (a candy thermometer will help. In the absence of a candy thermometer, just boil it until it seems pretty boiled).
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    Pour the mixture into a greased pan, and leave it to cool until it is nearly-firm to touch.
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    Score the toffee fairly deeply, but not enough that it breaks, in suitable sized chunks.
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    Leave it until it has cooled completely, and break the pieces off.
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    Pile them up onto a suitable plate.

Method 4
Cauldron Cakes

Deliciously simple, and they look pretty cute too.

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    Collect the following: dark chocolate muffins or cupcakes (if you can't find a suitable recipe, try store-bought instead), candyfloss/cotton candy, licorice bootlaces, icing (optional).
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    Carefully hollow out the muffins, taking care not to cut through the edges or out through the bottom. This can be fiddly, so watch out.
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    Pack the candyfloss inside.
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    Add the licorice bootlaces as handles, digging the ends fairly deep into the muffin; try not to let it poke out the sides as it looks odd.
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    Pipe some patterns onto the sides with icing, if you should so desire. Try runes, symbols, or even people's names for a personal touch; they make lovely little gifts over a dinner table.

Method 5
Acid Pops

Guaranteed not to burn a hole through your tongue!

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    Collect the following: sour lollipops (or plain ones, but sour works better), honey, and pop rocks or popping candy.
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    Roll the lollipops in the honey until they are well and truly coated.
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    Roll the lollipops in the pop rocks.
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    Serve quickly as the acidic taste will fade fairly fast. As this is very quick, you could make them just as the guests arrive. You could also get different flavor pop rocks and lollipops, and let them choose and combine the different flavors.

Method 6
Pumpkin Pasties

A delicious, savory Hogwarts treat.

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    Collect the following: some lightly beaten eggs, some can pumpkin, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, evaporated milk, allspice, and pie crust pastry.
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    Bake the pie filling only (no crust) in a casserole dish for about 15 minutes on high heat.
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    Turn the temperature down to a moderate heat, and continue to cook for about 45 minutes more, or until a knife inserted into it comes out clean.
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    Roll out the pastry fairly thinly and cut into circles, around 4" is about right.
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    Put a dollop of the pumpkin mix on each pastry circle, to one side of it.
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    Fold the pastry over in half and firmly crimp the edges closed.
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    Cut some slits in the top for ventilation, and brush some raw egg over the top.
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    Place them on a greased cookie sheet and bake until golden brown.
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    Serve at room temperature.

Method 7
Cockroach Cluster

A classic Honeydukes sweet.

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    Collect the following: black or brown gumdrops, black licorice, milk or dark chocolate.
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    Cut each piece of licorice in half and insert into gumdrop to form a "leg". Add as many legs as you would like.
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    Microwave chocolate until melted.
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    Dip half of each "cockroach" into the chocolate and set on waxed paper to dry.
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    Serve after chocolate has dried, slightly below room temperature to prevent melting.

Method 8
Chocolate Frog

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    Collect the following: frog shaped mold, Hershey's kisses or full bars, clear cellophane bags or plastic wrap, peppermint bits or nuts (optional).
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    Melt the chocolate in a microwave, uncovered. Check every 30 seconds and stir until completely melted.
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    Add the peppermint bits or nuts to the melted chocolate. (optional)
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    Pour into the frog mold.
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    Put in fridge and let cool.
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    Serve when cool.

Printable Invitations

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Tips

  • For Cauldron Cakes, you could fill the inside with melted chocolate that will then harden, marzipan, nougat, honey, jam, the possibilities are endless. Heck, fill it with worms. It's a talking point, and it won't do you any harm.
  • When making Ton-Tongue Toffees, you could roll them into balls when the mixture is cool enough to touch but not hardened, but this is difficult, and sticky. Icing sugar on your palms should stop it sticking however.
  • For Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, just buy plenty of jelly beans and put them in a nice bowl, or, if you desire, look at your local Hastings candy selection, as they tend to have some handy.

Remember that if you don't have enough time, you can always just buy most of this stuff and slightly alter them. Pumpkin pastie don't have to be pumpkin and you can buy pumpkin juice in shops.

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