After the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in July 2007, I have not re-read the world re-knowned books by J.K. Rowling. Since I finished that last page of Deathly Hallows, I knew that I would one day pick up the series again and re-read the books from the beginning. I knew that I would appreciate some of those small details that wound up being so important, especially when I knew just how important they were in the end.
The time has now come!
I am currently in the midst of re-reading my favorite series of all time! I cannot stress how much I love these stories, about how easily I can get lost in the world of wizards and the wizarding school, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. There are so many different thoughts and opinions out there on these books, from positive to negative. There are many who are in the same boat as me who have re-read the books multiple times. And, there are those who have not (and may never) choose to pick up the books. Whatever the case, the majority know the story line and I do not find it necessary to repeat any of that here.
As I review my re-reads of these books, I will be taking a bit of a different approach. I will share a few thoughts, maybe some of my favorite quotes from the book, and then wrap it up with a fun little Harry Potter recipe! For the release of the final Harry Potter book, I threw a wizarding bash complete with magical treats. I've decided to share a few of those treats in my reviews so you can bring the wonderful world of wizardry into your own home! I hope you enjoy!
"One can never have enough socks," said Dumbledore. "Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn't get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books." (p. 214)
"If there is one thing Voldemort cannot understand, it is love. He didn't realize that love as powerful as your mother's for you leaves its own mark. Not a scar, no visible sign . . . to have been loved so deeply, even though the person who loved us is gone, will give us some protection forever. It is in your very skin. . . . It was agony to touch a person marked by something so good." (p. 299)
"They don't know we're not allowed to use magic at home. I'm going to have a lot of fun with Dudley this summer . . ." (p. 309)
For the first of the fun Harry Potter recipes, I am going to go with a couple of simple ideas that your imagination can magically turn into something more.
- Butterbeer: You can go with something as simple as A&W Root Beer (or any brand that suits your fancy). You can spice it up with a little scoop of ice cream to make it a bit more frothy or just leave it plain. This can also be a great treat for the younger crowd as you can choose the non-caffeinated option.
- Wandsicles: I simply use the inexpensive Pop Ice Popsicles. Imagine the wizarding duals with the flying colors of these cool treats on a warm day. You will just want to eat them fast before they break and cause a disaster like dear Ron Weasley knows all too well!
The remainder of the upcoming recipes will get progressively more creative and complex (with some pictures included of my own creations!), so stay tuned. In the meantime, you can find me with my nose in the middle of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!