When I think about the amazing world J.K. Rowling created in her series of “Harry Potter” novels, there are so many things I wish really existed.
The magic, first and foremost. Wielding a wand for good — and a tiny bit of evil — would be quite a rush. Next, the people. I especially love Snape. I stood behind him even during the darkest days. And Hogwarts, of course. It makes school actually look like fun.
But I never pictured the dining hall and thought, “I’ll have what she’s having.”
I don’t even recall what they eat at Hogwarts. (They drink butter beer — I do know that.)
And yet, an enterprising editor has compiled an unauthorized collection of recipes featured in the “Harry Potter” books and films. Some are specific to the series — like Cauldron Cakes and Petunia’s Pudding. Knickerbocker Glory and Harry’s favorite dessert, Treacle Tart.
Nope, still don’t know when the heck any of these dishes appeared. I mean, the names are kinda familiar, but they didn’t figure prominently enough in any of the story lines — at least, for me — to make me think, “Wow, I wanna make that for Sunday dinner.”
And, let’s be honest — most of the recipes in this rather lengthy collection are just standards from English country cooking. Kippers, steak and kidney pudding and English muffins — foods that have been around long before Harry and He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named were duking it out.
Where’s the magic in that? Nowhere, that’s where. Except in this crafty editor’s pockets. She used Harry’s name to make money appear out of thin air.
Do you realize “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” is only a month away?
I am so excited, my tingly parts have tingly parts!!
In an attempt to build this anticipation to an even more feverish pitch, the movie producers just released “Harry Potter” character artwork to local theaters. Ginormous banners will soon be adorning the walls and hallways of your local movie house…and they are frickin brilliant.
If you didn’t already know how dark and foreboding the final installments are gonna be, the artwork certainly tells the tale. Take a look.
I think they really capture the personalities of the characters. You can even sense Snape’s duality (maybe I just looked at it a bit too long.) Hermoine seems seriously pissed, though… this last book must really take a toll.
Which character banner is your favorite? Cast your vote in The Sticky Egg’s very first fan poll. And meet me in the theater November 19th at midnight for the opening of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”