And so it ends…
Wotcher, Dear Muggles! 14 years after the first book was published, and 10 years after the first film, the greatest series ever created (yes, that’s my statement!) is coming to a close at 12.01am tonight (the midnight screening).
I was 18 when Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie was released. I remember taking my then-9 year old sister to see it at Fox Studios (now Entertainment Quarter), the crowds of excited youngsters, and the staff selling merchandise and snacks in the cinema itself.
I fell in love with the world JK Rowling had created and immediately began reading the 4 books that were released at the time. As the remaining 3 books were released, I pre-ordered then lined up for them, spending that full day reading it from start to finish. I’ve reread each book many times since, and I never get tired of it. I’m not sure if that says something about my attention span, or perhaps more likely, that JK Rowling is simply a brilliant writer.
There is so much to love about these books. I could talk about the age-old battle of good vs evil, the themes of death, survival, and tolerance, or the constant choice between “what is right and what is easy”. Then there are the characters. Harry, Snape, Dumbledore, Lupin, Hermione… They each have their flaws. Then there’s the fact that it’s a fricken awesome fantasy story! The level of detail created in these novels, and movies, is incredible. You’re transported to another world.
Why a Hogsmeade feast? Hogsmeade, in the series, is the the all-wizarding village near Hogwarts School and features the candy store Honeydukes, and the butterbeer-selling pub, The Three Broomsticks. Food features throughout the series. We’re told of sweets like acid pops, ton-tongue toffee, puking pastilles, nosebleed nougat, sugar quills, and pumpkin juice.
So what better way to celebrate the end of an era and the release of the final Harry Potter film, than with a food tribute? Here are my 4 stand-out favourites from the series: Treacle Tart, Cauldron Cakes, Butterbeer, and Cockroach Clusters.
I must confess I choked up a little when plating these dishes this morning. 10 years is a long time, and I am both sad and excited to see the final film tonight. Thanks for the memories.
Treacle tart is mentioned many times throughout the novels, and is Harry Potter’s favourite food. I’d never heard of it when I started reading the books, but the idea of an intensely sweet tart very much appeals to me. This was my first time making pastry, and I was scared. I believe I added too much water as the 2 tablespoons didn’t seem enough to make it form a dough, but it turned out ok!