Each school year at Hogwarts begins with a celebratory meal in its cavernous Great Hall. No doubt those magnificent meals left an indelible impression on a young Harry, who hungered for more when living with his Muggle relatives: a feeling of kinship and of family that he clearly lacked; a desire to know his clouded past, which had been carefully and deliberately hidden from him at all costs by his duplicitous uncle and aunt, the detestable Dursleys; and most of all, a desire to realize who he truly is, living in two diametrically opposed worlds, the unimaginative Muggle world and the enchanting world of wizards, his true home.
Though we Muggles will never get to taste life in the wizarding world, we must console ourselves with sampling the food author J.K. Rowling writes about so lovingly.
“In her seven novels, food – breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks – plays an important part, an essential ingredient that helps complete our picture of life at Hogwarts.”
– George Beahm, author of Muggles and Magic and Fact, Fiction, and Folklore in Harry Potter’s World
Here are 3 recipes straight from the Hogwarts cauldron:
Most people associate pumpkin with pie, but the tart is a close relative. The only difference is that tarts are shallower than pies, with straight rather than flared sides and without a top crust.
Harry Potter reference: In Chapter 5 of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry, Ron and Hermione can hardly wait for the pumpkin tart to be cleared away so they can rush over to Hagrid and congratulate him on his new position as Care of Magical Creatures teacher.
Marshmallows used to be made from a plant, the marsh mallow plant. The roots have an extract that’s mucilaginous, a word that sounds like what it means. Over 4,000 years ago the Egyptians also developed a treat made from the mallow plant, which grew in the marshes of Egypt. Today we use gelatin (or commercially, gum arabic), but the name has stuck.
Harry Potter reference: Harry and Ron toasted marshmallows in Chapter 12 of The Sorcerer’s Stone.
Acid drops, short for acidulated drops, are a popular candy in England. The acid is added to make the candy sour. You can make them into pops by sticking lollipop sticks into the drops while they’re still hot or pouring them into oiled, heatproof lollipop molds. (Be careful not to use chocolate molds, because they will melt when you pour in the hot candy.) You can also add food coloring to change the color.
Harry Potter reference: In Chapter 10 of The Prisoner of Azkaban, Ron reminisces about Acid Pops, remembering how the one Fred gave him when he was little burned a hole in his tongue. (This version won’t do that.)
From The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, Copyright © 2010 by F+W Media, Inc. Used by permission of Adams Media, an F+W Media, Inc. Co. All rights reserved.