Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

Someone special is celebrating a birthday!  Yes, it is Harry Potter's birthday today, but more importantly, it is also the birthday of author J.K. Rowling, creator of Harry Potter and his world.  The Boys and I have been Harry Potter fans for many years.  In fact, one of the boys believed that he was Harry for some time.  

The other was Neville Longbottom.


Last summer, we were lucky enough to take a trip to Hogwarts.  It was awesome!




While in Hogsmede, we went to the Three Broomsticks, and the Butterbeer was amazing.  We still have the mugs.  It has taken us over a whole year to try to re-create the tasty brew, but in honor of Joanne and Harry, we whipped up a couple of batches.  We decided to try two recipes, one from MuggleNet pictured on the left (click here for the recipe) and a more authentic-looking one from Tablespoon.com on the right (click here for the recipe).


 And what was Neville Longbottom's verdict?


MuggleNet's recipe (with a little whipped cream on top!)

While my Boy and I were cooking, we talked about our favorite books in the series, and I mentioned that J.K. Rowling was encouraged to use initials instead of her given name, Joanne, when publishing her books.  Apparently someone in the "business" had told her that boys may not be interested in reading a book written by a female author.  

C.J.'s wise response, "But I choose a book because it is interesting with adventure and funny stuff in it, not because of the author's name."  

I would say that Jo's books are all that, and more.  No matter if you are a Boy or a Girl, Wizard or Muggle- they're magic.

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