Happy Friday, Nerd Cacti! It’s time again for Boozy Books! This week we’re getting a little nostalgic and revisiting one of the greatest series EVER. Yes, ladies and gents, the books in question are those of the Harry Potter series, as written by JK Rowling.
When I was hitting the midnight release parties at Borders (r.i.p) I was much too young to know what a tasteful pairing was and so the idea of taking one of the best reads of my youth and combining it with one of the best things about being an adult is utterly satisfying. If I’m alone in this sentiment, stop reading now. Harry Potter – as I’m sure we are all aware – is the “boy who lived”, an orphan, and a wizard.
At the start of the series he learns two out of these three things (hint: he already knew he was an orphan) and proceeds to have exciting wizard adventures that all lead up to his showdown with his arch wizard-nemesis. He and his two best friends find themselves thrown into magical danger over and over throughout the course of the books, and you grow to love each one of them for their own strengths and weaknesses. Rowling exquisitely captures the characters’ arcs through their adolescence and into adulthood, lending each book a different tone as the characters learn and grow together. Friendship, adventure, danger, and magic are all to be found within these pages, and if this is something you haven’t yet discovered because you felt it was acceptable to only watch the movies: please reevaluate your decision-making. The Harry Potter series is brimming with memorable/loveable characters and memorable/exciting storytelling and it’s really no wonder that it has become such a phenomenon with children and adults alike.
The series is meant to be read as follows: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. However, if you’ve read them all and have a favorite go ahead and pull out the crowd-pleaser (I’ve personally read Prisoner of Azkaban and Order of the Phoenix a few more times than the others).
Once you’ve selected your reading material, may I suggest a few possible pairings… Now, if you live in the state of Florida the best thing you could possibly do is head to Universal Studios and get Pumpkin Juice and/or Butterbeer. If you are not in Florida and do not plan to visit us anytime soon, never fear, we have a few rather tasty options for you as well. Butterbeer recipes are all over the internet so that remains an option. Another option would be to concoct your own Firewhiskey. Now, in the books, Firewhiskey is described as having a burning sensation so people have decided that spiced whiskey is the closest we muggles will ever get. A nice Angry Balls (Angry Orchard mixed with a shot of Fireball) might suffice, but there are a few recipes online that may be of interest to those with a more adventurous palate.
Oh yes, we can’t forget to supplement our drinking habits every once in a while with some actual sustenance… If you can get your hands on Chocolate Frogs or Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans DO SO. Also, if you enjoy cooking, the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook has some delightful recipes for Cauldron Cakes and Treacle Tarts.
Happy reading! Happy drinking! Happy cooking! And TEN POINTS TO GRYFFINDOR!