Now that I have finished reading Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows, my self-imposed media blackout has been lifted, and I can read blogs again. Yes, it's paranoid, but I was so afraid that I would stumble across a plot spoiler on the internet, on TV, or in the news, I swore off media for a week until I had a chance to finish the book. My son Ethan was reading the book too, while I was at work during the day. It was fun to watch our two bookmarks play leap frog over one another as we both worked our way through the chapters, first my being in the lead, then my falling behind, then Ethan, then me again, until we both finished and could speak freely about the story. Unless my husband Jim was in the room--then we clammed up again. We were all very careful, asking "where are you now in the book?" before saying anything, or simply nodding with an enigmatic expression, betraying nothing.
One of the most enjoyable elements of the Harry Potter universe was, of course, FOOD. Whether it was a chocolate covered frog, or Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans, a feast at the Hogwarts dining commons, or a stew cooked up by Mrs. Weasley, food and drink were an integral part of wizarding life. Are you wondering what pumpkin juice or butter beer really taste like? Here are some recipes, although I think I would prefer some "Cornelius Fudge".