Harry Potter mega fans might recall a scene where Hermione reproaches Ron. “Your mother can’t produce food out of thin air,” says the knowledgeable witch in the seventh book of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. “No one can.”
But if there’s one original witch that can actually produce food out of thin air it’s J.K. Rowling herself. All seven of the Harry Potter books are filled with mouthwatering references to food, starting with Dudley Dursley’s Knickerbocker Glory and ending with Cauldron Cakes. And then there’s the fan-favorite Butterbeer, consisting of a cream soda-meets-butterscotch flavor and a sweet whipped topping.
And while you can’t actually taste the Harry Potter books, many have tried to recreate the magic. For one thing, there’s the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios where even us muggles can visit Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley. The tasty British fare includes dishes like The Great Feast, Fish and Chips, Shepherd’s Pie, Beef Pasties, Turkey Legs, and Fresh Vegetables.
There’s also the famous Butterbeer. “We found out very, very quickly when we opened that Butterbeer was definitely an overnight homerun,” admitted the corporate executive chef of Universal Orlando Parks and Resorts, Steven Jayson, in an interview with USAtoday. “Hands down, that’s the one thing that we’ve created here at Universal Orlando that stands alone.”
With most of us homebound, you can now experience the Wizarding World of Harry Potter even through Instagram, with a fan dedicated Instagram account documenting the theme park with its many book-inspired treats.