Are you ready to host a Harry Potter Party and not sure what to serve to bring the magic to the table? This post is full of ideas that will satisfy your sweet tooth and a Hagrid sized appetite.
What to Serve at a Harry Potter Party
When my little brother showed up at a Halloween costume wearing a graduation gown and carrying a gold ball with wings and a wand… I had no idea who he was. That was way back in 2000 when most of the world was unacquainted with the magical world of Harry Potter and I was rocking a Buttercup gown from The Princess Bride.
But my mother and he were so stinking excited about this weird little wizard kid book that I took a copy back to college with me and cracked it open between classes.
Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four, Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much. They were the last people you’d expect to be involved in anything strange or mysterious, because they just didn’t hold with such nonsense.”
From the first line, I was hooked.
By book 2, I was already heartbroken that my own 11th birthday hadn’t included a letter to Hogwarts…or at least a Harry Potter themed party! So you might say that my daughter’s 11th birthday party planning began 15 years before it occurred.
That’s a long time to dream of a party.
I’m pretty big into themed parties and this one was no exception. We went all out with invitations (Hogwarts letters of course) on coffee-stained parchment with wax seals. Moaning Myrtle was in the toilet. The Heir of Slytherin had blood-graffitied our bathroom mirror. And of course, the party room was separated by a brick wall at Platform 9 3/4.
As cool as the decorations were, I knew it was the food that serve as the portkey to transport us to Hogwarts.
With any party, you need a nice balance of sweet and savory. Something to fill the belly and please the palate.
If you’re putting together your own Hogwarts Feast, these are some of the recipes that filled our table and will be sure to satisfy the entire Great Hall.
Harry Potter Foods & Recipes
This is our first introduction to magical foods in the books. What appeared to be ordinary sweets suddenly come alive and bound out of their boxes…even out the window! You can make your own with these handy chocolate frog candy molds from Amazon (I just love Amazon, don’t you. Read: Why I love Amazon Prime) Side note: my favorite thing about these candy molds is the sentence on the directions that reads “chocolate is an oil-based vegetable”. Chocolate is a vegetable? Does that mean I can make it part of my Project Red Bikini meal plan? Probably not.
You could use just chocolate in these, but I put a peanut butter filling in them to make them slightly less dense and rich.
Mix 1/2 C of peanut butter with 3/4 C powdered sugar to make a peanut butter dough. Roll out a little log of Peanut Butter dough to fit in each froggy.
Then, all you do is melt some chocolate chips, fill half the mold with chocolate. Drop in the peanut butter log and fill with more chocolate. Freeze for about an hour.
This is a must-have savory dish to anchor the feast. Click here to get the complete recipe.
I don’t recall anything about corn on the cob, but it seems to go well with House Cup Chicken and medieval style feasting!
A favorite any time of year, these pumpkin hand pies are great any time of day. Serve them warm or room temperature. BONUS: This recipe features a short-cut to cut down on your cooking time so you can make all these dishes in one afternoon.
This recipe is super popular and has been featured on Delish!
Pumpkin Pasties are sure to transport you to the Hogwarts Express! Get the recipe here: EASY PUMPKIN PASTIES
This recipe couldn’t be simpler.
Just mix up:
1 C Pumpkin Puree
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 Tbs maple syrup
1 Quart apple juice
My kids LOVE this pumpkin juice. It would be great for anytime in the fall!
Hands down, this is the BEST recipe on the list!
I can say that with full confidence because this recipe has been the number one post on my website for the past 2 years. I’ve received emails out of the blue about how great it is.
Most Butterbeer recipes are sickeningly sweet, but this is mysterious and wonderful. A familiar, magical flavor you can’t quite place…exactly what I dreamed Butterbeer should be.
There are many recipes out there that call for Butterscotch syrup or vanilla added to cream soda. We tried that, but it was too sweet for my taste. JK Rowling herself has described Butterbeer as tasting “a little bit like less- sickly butterscotch”. I can’t imagine it should be too sweet. I’m still working on perfecting my recipe. I’ll update as soon as possible!
Plain old chocolate bars with printable wrappers that tout the benefits of warding off dementors with chocolate!
Bertie Bott’s Beans
A box of Beanboozled beans will give you the experience of not knowing to expect treacle or earwax!
Hagrid’s Birthday Cake for Harry
And, if it’s a birthday party you’re throwing, anyone can pull off this themed cake: Hagrid’s Birthday Cake for Harry. It’s the EASIEST themed cake you’ll ever do! Follow my recipe for the World’s Tastiest Birthday Cake and everyone will think you’re, well, magic!
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Let the Feast Begin!