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What Would a Muggle Drink?

I’ve been running crazy lately and should return to a normal five or more times a week post schedule after the weekend, but in the meantime it’s off to New York for some Harry Potter madness.

My wife, the lovely and dear Lindsay, was an English Lit. major in school, she is in book publishing and she actually considered becoming a librarian.  Her love of books runs deep.  We share an enjoyment of reading except I read magazines because my attention span taps out at about the 39 minute mark.  That aside, we’re both kind of nerdy in a hardcore reading kind of way.

Her love of all things printed word runs so deep in fact that she has read the Harry Potter series and or listened to them on book-on-tape at least three times a piece.  Yes, each book at least three times a piece.

She loves Harry Potter so much that is was actually a condition of marriage, as in: “You have to promise me that you’ll read the Harry Potter series.”  This might have been shortly after she accepted the engagement ring, I don’t recall exactly.

I addition, I went to a perfectly horrible Broadway play (I didn’t have a choice) that had a very short run and starred Jim Dale, the voice author for the Harry Potter books-on-tape.

The point is she loves Harry Potter.  Her fandom might exceed my wine enthusiasm.

So, she enters a contest run by the Harry Potter publisher, Scholastic.  The prize is tickets to go to a book reading and autograph session by the Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Um, guess who won?  Alongside 999 of our closest Harry Potter fan friends; we’re heading to New York. 

I have to wear a custom made t-shirt, too.  My wife is crafty like that.  Apparently it has something to do with Quidditch, which means something if you’ve read the books. 

Now winning these tickets is well and good because I happen to love New York City, but this also puts me in a bind because I have to at least read the first book now. The reading with the author is on Friday night.  My own reading commences now.  Fortunately, the first book is geared towards kids, because I can do 300 pages of big print. 

This whole scenario led me to ask my wife if there was anything wine-related in Harry Potter.  Four minutes later I’m at my desk looking up Madame Rosmerta on the Internet.

For all other Muggles, Madame Rosemerta is the owner of The Three Broomsticks pub.  The Three Broomsticks is one of the local pubs in Hogsmeade (Hogsmeade is the village outside of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school that young Harry Potter attends). The Three Broomsticks is known for its delicious butterbeer and they also apparently serve Mead there, as well. 

See, throw in a little tavern action and I can get down with Harry.  I do have to say, however, all of this Potter backstory stuff is a little forbidding.  But, I do have a greater appreciation now for what it’s like to be a wine layperson. Just as my wife takes this stuff as assumed knowledge, I guess I do the same with wine …

Nonetheless, in the spirit of my trip to NYC to hear a British author and billionaire (who lives in Scotland) read a kids book to me while I wear a homemade t-shirt, I thought I’d offer up a couple of recipes found on the Internet for butter beer and mead.

Please pour a glass of wine in my name on Friday at 7:00 pm.

Butterbeer (excerpted from MuggleNet)

• 1 cup (8 oz) club soda or cream soda
• ½ cup (4 oz) butterscotch syrup (ice cream topping)
• ½ tablespoon butter


Step 1: Measure butterscotch and butter into a 2 cup (16 oz) glass. Microwave on high for 1 to 1½ minutes, or until syrup is bubbly and butter is completely incorporated.

Step 2: Stir and cool for 30 seconds, then slowly mix in club soda. Mixture will fizz quite a bit.


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On 10/17, Dr. Debs wrote:

First, I’m insanely jealous of your wife, who has great taste in books. Second,yes, you must read AT LEAST the first book because you will be able to dine out on the story of how you were in the same room as JK Rowling for weeks if not months.

And thanks for the recipes—just in time for Halloween!

On 10/18, Jeff Lefevere wrote:

Hi Dr. Debs,

Thanks for stopping by! I am looking forward to the trip and the reading.  Though, I do, indeed, have to pore through the book today.

And, my wife is a gem, but I do wish I could get her to drink more wine with me ... grin


On 10/19, aglassofwine wrote:

haha, harry potter and wine, my two favorite hobbies. thanks for the mead recipe. now i have to go try it for myself! not too sure about the butterbeer though, especially since i kept looking for the alcohol bit and couldn’t find any. wink

On 10/19, winebroad wrote:

Harry Potter rules, and there are plenty of references in the series to the adults in the book drinking wine, among other alcoholic beverages. (Butterbeer is an non-alcoholic kids’ drink.) I hope you’re planning to write a follow-up post about your HP adventure in NY (with t-shirt photo, please)... I’m sure it will include some hilariously surreal moments!

On 10/19, Gretchen wrote:

I guess we will have to imagine the fire whiskey… after all the pumpkin juice, maybe they would drink pumpkin wine too!

On 10/19, Galen Struwe wrote:

Jeff, I’m pouring in your name before 7:00 P.M.  Perhaps before 5:00, yes before 5:00.

On 10/20, Jeff Lefevere wrote:

All, thanks for the comments!  I managed to read the first HP on the flight out and on Friday and really enjoyed it.  I’ll start on the 2nd book shortly.

Tina, my wife made me a Chudley Cannon shirt, which is apparently a reference to Ron’s favorite Quidditch team.  My wife wore a “Ron is a Keeper” shirt.

The reading with J.K. Rowling was great.  She revealed to the audience that she always considered Dumbledore as gay, which made national news.  The crowd roared with enthusiasm.

She is very warm and accessible and as 2000 people made their way through line she took a moment with each person to have a moment—eye contact, a hello and “thank you for coming.”  I came away with a great deal of respect for her and the way she interacts with fans.  Many people asked for hugs and she readily gave them.  Overall, I’m new to this Potter thing, but I’d have to call it a special night.

Afterwards we went to a wine bar and had good vino and an excellent cheese plate. 

Thanks for all the comments—much appreciated!



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