36 Harry Potter Inspired Food Ideas

One of our favourite wizards will be celebrating his birthday this end of the month! Hmmmm…who is it?

Is it Gandalf? Well, we do love him, but he’s not the one having this birthday soon.

Is it Merlin? We do agree he is one of the greatest wizards in literature, but no, not him.

Why, it’s that cool bloke with a funny scar on his forehead, of course – dear ol’ Harry Potter! Yay!

harry potter figurine

Many Potterheads out there will probably be celebrating in one way or another, but what’s a celebration without food, right?

So, we have composed a list of delicious Harry Potter inspired foods that you might consider having at your celebration of Harry’s birthday. Clicking on the links will take you to the recipes or more detailed information about the dish. Have fun!

Golden Snitches from The Quirky Briars

Butterbeer Cookies from Confessions of a Cookbook Queen

Harry’s Birthday Cake from Diamonds For Dessert

Harry Potter Butterbeer Cupcakes from Sugar and Soul

Butterbeer Cupcakes from Pastry Affair

Butterbeer Hot Chocolate from Bakingdom

Canary Creams from Woman And Home

Butterbeer Ice Cream Floats with Coconut Caramel Ice Cream from Gringalicious

Fizzing Whizbees from In Literature

Harry Potter Butterbeer Pancakes from Sugar and Soul

Weasley’s Fever Fudge from Instructables

Candy-Coated Roach Control from Heather Bailey

Cornish Pasties from In Literature

Double Double Chocolate Cauldron Cake from Bakingdom

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Polyjuice Potion
(Image credit: Pepper)

Polyjuice Potion from Pepper

Licorice Wands from Pastry Affair

Liquid Luck / Felix Felicis from In Literature

Harry Potter Polyjuice Potion

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Witches Brew
(Image credit: Taste of Home)

Witches Brew from Taste of Home

Bat’s Blood Soup from In Literature

Madam Pomfrey’s Pumpkin Juice Smoothie from Gringalicious

Sugar Quills from A Tale of 2 Foodies

Treacle Tart with Brown Butter, Rosemary, and Lemon from The Sugar Hit

Hogwarts-House-Pride-Cake

Hogwarts Cake
(Image credit: Bakingdom)

Hogwarts Cake from Bakingdom

Steak and Kidney Pie from In Literature

Golden Snitch Pops from With Sprinkles on Top

Pumpkin Juice from Favorite Family Recipes

Hagrid’s Rock Cakes from Pretty Geekery

Cheesy Witches Broomsticks from Cakes Cottage

Harry Potter’s Butterbeer Ice Cream from The Tiptoe Fairy

Sorting Hat Cookies from Housewife Eclectic

Molly Weasley’s Rock Cakes from Bakingdom

Harry Potter Pumpkin Howlers from Food and Wine

Pumpkin Pasties from Bijoux & Bits

Dumbledore’s Sherbet Lemon from In Literature

 

Weasley Sweater Cookies from Bakingdom

Harry Potter’s Golden Snitches Recipe

To produce golden snitches in food form for hubby’s Harry Potter party, I didn’t want to do what others have done, which was to create round cakes (cake pops) and cover the snitches with artificially coloured icing to make them look like snitches. Besides, I had too much on my plate then to bother intricately decorating each cake pop. I just wanted something that was relatively easy to make.

Then I recalled a homemade sweet called Yema. I knew a few people whose mums used to make these sweets and get them to sell these to other kids at school. The brightness or dullness of this dish’s natural yellow colour depends on the ingredients you use and their proportions. Some can be quite pale, while others darker and almost brownish. In addition, you can also coat the yema balls with raw sugar or glaze them with caramelized sugar (which is a bit more tricky).

For the duration of hubby’s Harry Potter party, I called them not yema, but Golden Snitches.  Here’s the recipe I used:

Ingredients:

10 egg yolks
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice, or zest
Raw sugar for coating

Procedure:

In a non-stick pan, combine egg yolks, condensed milk and lemon until well blended.  Place pan on stove, over low heat, and stir constantly until thick enough to be formed into small balls.  It is important to keep on stirring and scraping the sides and bottom of the pan while cooking to avoid burning parts of it.

Remove from heat and let the mixture cool.  When cool enough to handle, shape them into small balls, about an inch in diameter, which seems to be just a good size for a snitch.  Roll each ball in raw sugar.

Arrange in a serving tray with enough spaces in between the snitches so they don’t look too crowded when you add the wings.

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 I made the wings days in advance so they’re ready to add to the golden snitches on the day of the party. I used toothpicks, aluminum foil and double-sided tape to make them, while seated on the couch, also watching an action movie with the hubby. 🙂

15 Amazing Harry Potter Themed Cakes

Perhaps the TV station GO must have heard of hubby’s Harry Potter themed birthday celebration. Because a few weeks later, this station decided to show the Harry Potter films every Friday evening. On the first Friday evening, I was wearing the Gryffindor gray pullover sweater vest, Gryffindor scarf, and a witch’s hat, and munched on the remaining jelly beans and chocolate frogs while watching the movie. I’m not really a super fanatic of HP, but since I had all the props lying around, I thought I might as well have fun with them! Hahaha.

Speaking of Harry Potter, today I’m sharing with you some of the amazing Harry Potter themed cakes I came across while researching for hubby’s party weeks ago.  I’m linking each photo and caption to their sources. They might come in handy in case you’re planning an HP party of your own, so here they go…

from Cakes Decor

 from Cakes Decor

 from Cake Punk

 from Everything Harry Potter

 from Sweet Discoveries

 from That’s Nerdalicious

 from Cake Central

 from Crust N Cakes

 from Between The Pages Blog

from A Sweet Design (Flickr)

 from Pat A Cake Cakes

 from Tumblr

 from Puntapelotaforo

Harry Potter Themed Party

It’s that time of the year again – yup, hubby’s birthday. You know him – he just lets me do whatever for the celebration, as long as he’s allowed to cook his favourite dishes.

 This year, I was a bit torn. How can you top a Middle Earth themed party? Hold a minions themed party because he seemed to have been enjoying the Despicable Me films recently shown on the telly? Yeah, that’s a funny idea, but he just might kill me. Hahaha.

 We’ve also been enjoying the Harry Potter films lately. Yeah, I know, those films have been out for, like, forever. But just a while ago, one TV station was showing one HP film each week. Of course, we’ve seen them before, but it was nice to view them again and review the forgotten parts. Besides, when you go browsing the net for HP themed parties and see all the details that others have prepared for their parties, how can you not hold one?

 So, Harry Potter theme it was, and after what seemed to be a millennium of research, here’s what we had at hubby’s birthday party:

 This is what greeted the guests at the entrance – Hogwarts houses banners, and HP related stuff on the table, including a few HP books, some wands, photo booth props (neckties in HP house colours), chess pieces, some potion bottles, a chess board, Hogwarts Express signage, and a letter from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

 

On the side wall, we had a huge rectangular mirror that’s normally stays there, so I decided to  pretend it was the Mirror of Erised and labelled it accordingly.

 

  As you step into the lounge area, you’ll see that I had stuck some ‘wanted’ posters on the wall….

…while on the other side, I had shelves of various potion ingredients.

I placed some battery-operated tea lights behind some of the glass bottles to show off the coloured liquids inside the bottles. Otherwise, it would have been too dark in the lower shelves for people to notice somebody fun in there.

Hubby had recently finished this painting of a rather gloomy looking lake with the universe reflected on its waters. I incorporated it into the theme by telling people it’s the lake at Hogwarts, the one with the scary mermaids, where they held one of the events in the TriWizard tournament in the Goblet of Fire.

Just beside the painting, I also had some fake “wooden” arrow signs bearing names of some of the places in the HP world. The “Ministry of Magic” arrow sign was somewhere else in the house, pointing the direction to the ‘portal’ of the “Ministry of Magic”, in case some of the guests needed to go there for you know what.

Here’s an early shot of the buffet table. Don’t ask me for a later shot of it when hubby started crowding it with all the foods, because I don’t have a presentable one. 😀 Hubby prepared most of the foods, which made him tired but really happy and proud of his accomplishment.  I prepared the sweets, bread and the salads.

 I made him a very simple birthday cake. I didn’t want to make him Hagrid’s cake, simply because Hagrid’s style just isn’t my style. Instead, I just created a little bunting featuring the Hogwarts house colours and added a golden snitch in the middle of the cake. Simple, but super-yum…and I kid you not.

Of course you know that no HP themed party is complete without Bertie Botts’ Every Flavour Beans. They’re just the ordinary jelly beans I found at Coles, but that little striped box I painstakingly cut and assembled just nailed the illusion.

I am ever so glad Australia’s got Freddos – our very own chocolate frogs. Gave me the perfect excuse to take this lazy option, instead of having to search and shop for a frog mold and make chocolate frogs from scratch.

Finally, one of my most favourite HP-related item in the party – the golden snitches! They’re actually just egg yolks and condensed milk, cooked and shaped into balls. Days before the party, I spent one evening preparing all these snitches wings while watching Avengers on the telly.

 I love how they turned out, even though I was a few wings short in the end. Hahaha. But still, admit it, they are pretty and look like they’re ready to fly away. The guests were very amused with this dish, and they weren’t disappointed ‘coz the yellow balls were tasty too.

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   Get my Harry Potter themed party supplies here:

 Gryffindor/Harry Potter-Inspired Printable Banner

 Harry Potter Themed Printable Arrow Signs

 Gryffindor/Harry Potter-Inspired Printable Food Labels

 Gryffindor/Harry Potter-Inspired Printable Thank You Note Cards