See Every ‘Harry Potter’ Food Moment In One Video


By Cooking Panda

Ever watched any of the Harry Potter movies and inadvertently started drooling at all the delicious, magical foods on screen?

I remember reading the books as a kid and licking my lips at descriptions of cauldron cakes and chocolate frogs.

Sadly, Muggle food and drink just doesn’t sound as fun as the food and drink of the Potterverse. I mean, lots of us eat regular chocolate and a few of us indulge in regular frogs, but when was the last time you’ve seen someone eating  a living, hopping chocolate frog on a subway?

Have you ever tried ordering a Butterbeer at your local bar and been sadly disappointed when you had to settle for a Natty Light? Personally, I’ve wished I could pick up items like Fizzing Whizbees and Liquorice Wands at regular grocery stores more times than I’d like to admit.

Unfortunately, most of these mouthwatering, magical treats aren’t readily available in the Muggle world (you can, however, pick up un-magical versions of these treats at Harry Potter World and other Harry Potter-themed locations).

Not the same, not the same.

But don’t despair. You can now immerse yourself in the varied cuisines of the Potterverse in less than three minutes.

That’s right, Potterheads. You get to watch all the food scenes in Harry Potter in a short video (below), which was compiled by the people at Digg to celebrate the Harry Potter series’ 20th anniversary (feel old yet?), and it is glorious.

“We found all of the ways that food acts as a force for good in the Potterverse,” reads the Digg  caption to the video. “From hopping chocolate frogs to snacks that make your face inflate, food is the tastiest ally to our heroes.”

The video, cleverly titled “Noms In The Potterverse,” includes all the magically delicious food moments in the series, starting with a scene from “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone,” which is based on the first book in the series published in 1997.

Who can forget the scene where Harry and Ron feast on magical treats from the Honeydukes’ trolley on their first train to Hogwarts?

Forget “unicorn food” and golden pizzas, this is real food magic.

If you want to relive the glory, check out the video below: 

Source: Digg  / Photo credit: The Conmunity - Pop Culture Geek/Wikimedia Commons


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QUIZ: Are You More Harry Potter Or Ron Weasley, Based On Food?


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Based on your tastes for fancy British cuisine, are you a wizard who has grown up with Mom’s fantastical home cooking — or one who only just began to learn the depths of magical food at the start of your Hogwarts education? Take this quiz and find out!

Featured image credit: Wikimedia Commons

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11 Enchanting Harry Potter Cocktails (Recipes)


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Accio Cocktails!

If you want to do something a little extra fun for your next cocktail night, why not mix up some boozy Harry Potter-themed potions? Here are some of our favorites harry potter cocktails that are easy enough for even Muggles to make:

1. The Goblet of Fire 

“Eternal glory! That’s what awaits the student who wins The Triwizard Tournament, but to do this that student must survive three tasks. Three extremely dangerous tasks.” – Dumbledore

And yes, you do get to light this drink on fire.

2. Polyjuice Potion

This stunningly green cocktail tastes of fizzy, sweet sherbet, but the vodka packs a serious punch — maybe even enough to make you feel like you’re someone else, if you drink enough of it.

3. The You Know Who

This bittersweet and herbaceous drink is seriously intense and darkly appealing, sort of like the most notorious evil wizard of all time.

4. Butterbeer Five Ways

From spiked to alcohol free, from bubbly to creamy, there’s something here for everyone.

5. Felix Felicis (Liquid Luck)

“If taken in excess, it causes giddiness, recklessness, and dangerous overconfidence.” – Professor Slughorn
Note: You can also make something similarly adorable with Goldschlager and cream soda, for a lighter, fizzier take if you’re feeling lucky.

6. Amortentia (Love Potion)

With sweet fruit, tart wine and a touch of the herbal, botanical flavors of gin and aperol, you’ll be completely head over heels infatuated with this one.

7. Ogden’s Olde Firewhiskey

If you’re looking to shoot or sip something that will pleasantly sear your throat like a real adult, Ogden’s is the way to go!

8. Patronus Punch

Obviously, you’ll need to serve up some chocolate frogs with this one … just in case dementors are close:

9. Chocolate Frog Jelly Shot

If you’d like a sweet yet boozy dessert to help keep the dementors at bay, this is definitely the way to go. The vodka packs a serious punch (you can also swap it out for brandy, if you’d prefer), while the Irish cream liqueur, amaretto and melted vanilla ice cream ensure that it is a ridiculously indulgent and all-around delicious treat.

10. The Golden Snitch Shooter

This sweet, thick, golden dessert of a shooter has actual gold in it! If you really want to go all-out, print out wings (here) and glue them onto your shot glasses.

11. Pumpkin Juice Cocktail

If you love apple cider, this is the perfect drink for you! Note: If you’re not into vodka, whiskey or brandy would also be quite tasty here.

Featured Photo Credit: Simply PotterTags: cocktail recipes, cocktails, Harry Potter, Harry Potter cocktails, themed cocktails, Thirsty Thursday
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Harry Potter Fans! Butterbeer Ice Cream Is Real


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Have you tried Butterbeer yet?

The deliciously decadent butterscotch-type concoction is available at Universal Studios’ The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but if you haven’t quite been able to make it there, fear not! You can now pick up a pint of Butterbeer-flavored ice cream.

Pennsylvania-based Yuengling’s Ice Cream, which was founded by the beer company of the same name but no longer shares any ties, introduced the booze-free flavor as an homage to everyone’s favorite wizard, according to Huffington Post.

“My kids were big Harry Potter fans and we wanted to do something unique,” David Yuengling, president of Yuengling’s Ice Cream, told Huffington Post. “And that’s how this flavor was born.”

According to a press release from Yuengling’s, “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling once described the magical beverage as “a little bit like less sickly butterscotch,” though the ice cream makers decided to take it in the direction of complete decadence, making the flavor with half buttercream ice cream, half butterscotch ice cream and finished with a butterscotch swirl.

The Butterbeer ice cream and one other new flavor, strawberry, are currently sold in pints for approximately $3.69 to $3.99. Quarts will also be available soon, and as far as we know, this is a permanent flavor that’s here to stay.

“We are always looking for ways to inspire our fans and spark creativity,” said David Yuengling in the press release. “Whether it’s our flavor names and descriptions or the recipes themselves — we’re in the business of having fun. We hope we made J.K. Rowling proud with this flavor.”

If you still can’t manage to find your way to Yuengling’s Ice Cream sellers or the Universal parks in Florida and California, don’t feel like you need to be left out of the (alcohol-free) buzz. You can absolutely make your own Butterbeer at home, and you can totally tailor it to your own unique tastes, no matter if you’re a Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, Slytherin or muggle. Click here for five different ways to make the popular wizard brew.

Sources: Huffington Post, Yuengling's Ice Cream / Photo Credit: Flo Vidyand/Twitter

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Order A Goblet Of Fire At This ‘Harry Potter’ Cafe (Photo)


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Sure, we “Harry Potter” fans have Wizarding World at Universal Studios and such to keep us pleasantly occupied in our ongoing fandom. But couldn’t there always be more?

According to Hello Giggles, there is more! There is now a “Harry Potter” cafe in Singapore called Platform 1094 (according to its address) that serves Harry Potter-themed dishes. Among those, the Goblet of Fire has seemingly become an instant hit. The drink is actually blue, and is served in a big goblet. It’s made with Bacardi rum infused with blue Curacao liqueur and a sprinkling of cinnamon on top to add the highly necessary flare.

The idea of such a cafe comes from the people of Fresh Fruit Labs, who, according to Travelers Today, call themselves “elves.” The dishes served are of a Singaporean nature, but with a Harry Potter-themed twist. Some of the menu items include Crab Claw & Roe Tortilla Wrap, Giant’s Breakfast, Grilled Chicken Tortilla and Plaited Brioche with Smoked Salmon. The more magically themed drinks and dishes include Liquid Luck Pineapple, Truffle Wizard’s Cup, Elixir of Life and Bloodberry Dessert.

When walking inside this cafe, you’ll see a cabin-themed interior with stags on each chair to represent Harry’s patronus. Chandeliers, magic wands and witch-hat props complete the magical decor. Apparently, the cafe management suggests that Platform 1094 is only available to magic-users. Those who do not possess the gift are unable to see it, thanks to a magical aura of protection placed over it. It seems more of us are likely to have the gift than we originally might have thought. How convenient!

Head over to this quirky new spot right away, if you can, if only to sample that amazing-looking Goblet of Fire drink. Who knew that adding cinnamon — I mean, magic powder — to such a combination would start a fire? The entire restaurant looks spectacular, but according to its Facebook page, Platform 1094 gets booked pretty quickly. If you plan on being in Singapore anytime soon, I’d suggest calling way ahead.

Sources: Hello Giggles, Travelers Today / Photo Credit: The Smart Local

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