House of Minalima – Harry Potter in London

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” —Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. The wizarding world of JK Rowling has inspired millions, if not billions of imaginations around the world – and it all came from an idea she had on a train journey. The House of Minalima here in London showcases some of the incredible graphics of the franchise, and it’s well worth taking… View Post

Universal Studios: The Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Sit back, do not adjust your seat belt, and let me take you on a magical journey to… somewhere very English in one of the friendliest states in America. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. We decided that our big trip for 2013 was going to be New York, and hey, as we were in the neighbourhood(ish) we’d add Orlando’s Giant Orange into the mix. We planned to trip all over the State, exploring several different places; Cape… View Post

Harry Potter Cheat: Butterbeer Recipe (Simple & From Scratch)

The most iconic drink throughout the books and movies has to be Butterbeer – so of course I had to invent a simple AND a more time-consuming Butterbeer recipe! Drunk as refreshment, comfort and during the initial Dumbledore’s Army set up session, it’s as essential as round glasses, wands and familiars in the Harry Potter universe.  Butterbeer may be based on Buttered Beer, which was a real drink. The earliest reference to Buttered Beer is from,… View Post

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

“A branch of magic is still open to you [muggles] – Curye, later known as Cookery, which combines elements of potion with transfiguration, a bit of herbology and divination.” Can’t argue with that, really. Of the layers that were used to construct the world of this amazing boy, one of the most fascinating (bar Hogwarts Castle of course – how amazing would that be to visit!?) are the Wizarding foods that play such a pivotal… View Post

The Magical World of Harry Potter – Warner Brother Studio Tours

Harry Potter seems to have turned into an international language that knows no borders. Everyone I’ve ever known, if they haven’t seen or read J.K Rowling’s series about a young boy learning about being a Wizard, they at least know of it because someone they know is obsessed. Take for example my Italian friend – she learned English simply because the books weren’t being translated fast enough for her. I have Harry Potter to thank for… View Post