The last Harry Potter film may have gone and all the chums at Hogwarts are grown, but nonetheless, the Harry Potter legend will live on for generations.
In the early books and films we see Harry Potter and his chums at Hogwarts dining on many great British classic dishes and many of the foods are perfect for a Harry Potter Halloween Party. For sure, some of the foods served at Hogwarts may not always be to everyone's liking but many are. These British recipes all appear in the Harry Potter books and films and are guaranteed to thrill children and adults alike.
Many of Harry's favorites are classic British school dinner dishes; hearty food to fill rumbling tummies. Hefty pies, stews and casseroles make great dishes for everyone to dip into. Cook large portions and put them on the table so everyone can help themselves. Easy.
A Shepherd's Pie (lamb) or a Cottage Pie (beef) are perfect foods for large numbers. They are quick and easy to make plus as it is mainly ground meat and mashed potatoes is also cheap, so you can make lots - good dishes after a cold night of Trick and Treating.
Another food loved by Hogwarts pupils are Cornish Pasties. Adapt the recipe to make mini sized pasties to eat at the party by shaping the pastry into 8 instead of 4.
Watch my Video on How to Make Perfect Yorkshire Puddings or How to Make Cornish Pasties
Cold British weather and all that wizardry and witchcraft needs hefty British Puddings to keep energy levels up. A Spotted Dick, a Treacle Tart or a Rhubarb Crumble will all do the trick. Spotted Dick isn't the easiest pudding to make but as it very filling can be cut into at least 12 slices - even Dudley Dursley couldn't eat more than one slice.
If stodgy puddings are too much then a tray of warm Rock Cakes are quick and easy to make as is Parkin is the British form of gingerbread. Made in advance it creates a, sticky, sweet ginger cake which can be eaten with the fingers or warmed with a large dollop of Harry's favourite custard sauce on top.
No party would be complete with out a selection of Harry's favorite sweets and candies. Marshmallows, Fudge, and Nut Brittle, and my favorite Sticky Treacle Toffee which will keep jaws clamped firmly shut for at least five minutes chewing on this delicious treat.
All the sweets and candy recipes are very easy to make so no excuse to not make lots.
How about an edible wand from Sherri Osborn, Guide to Family Crafts?
Instructions for making an Edible Wand
Perfect for a Harry Potter themed party are these lovely Cupcakes from Stephanie Gallagher, About.com's Guide to Cooking for Kids.
Donna Pilato, About.com's Guide to Entertaining has some fun ideas for a Harry Potter Themed Party including turning your home into Hogwarts!
Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington may have thought offering maggoty Haggis to guests at his party, but it really is better eaten without the maggots.
I recommend you only make these dishes if you want to scare people away or to make sure they never eat British food again!