I’m going to feel like a big nerd admitting this, but yes, I am a Harry Potter fan, as are many of the people I regularly associate with. Because I was still in college when the behemoth seventh book was released, I didn’t get a chance to read it until right before the sixth movie came out.
I had mixed feelings upon hearing that the movie adaptation of Deathly Hallows was going to be released in two parts. Without spoilers, I’ll say that the first half of the book is mainly the core trio of characters bouncing around one campsite to another, squabbling, sometimes fighting off something evil or ominous, but mainly… searching. It’s thoughtful and tense and a little over wrought as written, but compelling nonetheless. I was concerned about how this would translate to screen, however, especially when considering that both movies were easily going to be 2+ hours long. The same written adventures as presented on-screen threatened to be tedious.
Jackie, a fan of the Harry Potter movie series, did not seem to be beholden to the same concerns. Her primary objective on Friday, November 19th, the release date for the new movie, was to throw one hell of a Harry Potter – themed dinner party, which also tied neatly into our friend Maureen’s birthday.
The image on the left is of Jackie’s dining room set up. Hanging above her lovely dining room table are a series of battery-powered candles hung from the ceiling light fixture with fishing wire. The effect was lovely. When the main lights were dimmed, the “floating” candles gave off an eerie glow that illuminated the dining room just enough. Sitting on the dining room hutch was a glass bowl of Butterbeer, the preferred alcoholic beverage of the wizarding world. Jackie brewed her variation by mixing cream soda and butterscotch schnapps, a concoction that was delicious despite being sickly sweet.
In addition to the lovely dinner Jackie served – both meat and meatless variations on a Guinness Stew – she had prepared a full spread of delicious sweets (typical Honeydukes offerings): Chocolate Wands, Pumpkin Pasties, Bernie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, and, of course, a birthday cake for Maureen, fittingly decorated to go with the theme.
Unfortunately, frog molds are not in typical supply. These chocolate-covered pretzel “wands” were a more than adequate replacement. Jackie did both milk and dark chocolate variations. Why? Cause she’s just that cuckoo for cocoa.
I filled up on stew, so I only managed to eat one of these delicious little pasties. The flaky dough crust gave way to a soft, sweet center of pumpkin. I have to beg Jackie not to wait until the next HP movie to make these again.
Jackie couldn’t find the tie-in Bernie Bott’s, but being a crafty hostess, she made her own mix with regular and sour Jellybelly jelly beans. Personally, I was relieved: one only need to eat a vomit-flavored jellybean once to have the novelty of an “every flavor” bean wear out its welcome.
Between the meal, the snacks, the drinks, and the games (we all got sorted into houses then chose – and colored – magical animal pets) Jackie really knows how to throw a Harry Potter shindig.