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‘Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities’ book review: Better than a Hogwarts feast

Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities is the answer to all your Harry Potter party problems.

If you’ve ever wanted to host a Harry Potter-themed birthday party, movie marathon, Halloween party, Christmas party, or even wedding, you need to get your hands on Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities by Jennifer Carroll.

The book includes recipes, crafts, and activities for hosting five perfect events, themed for your favorite boy wizard. The parties include the “Hogwarts House Cup Birthday Bash,” featuring a cupcake version of Hagrid’s pink “birthdae” cake, “A Magical Creatures Halloween Party,” with some seriously cool luminaries, the “Back to Hogwarts Movie Marathon,” with chocolate frogs as party favors, “The Yule Ball Holiday Celebration,” with a spiced cider that will take your Christmas party to the next level, and “A Wizarding Wedding Reception,” with a wedding cake that will “always” make your friends jealous.

On top of the recipes and instructions, Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities comes with tons of online resources that you can print off on paper or vinyl, if you have a Cricut, that will make your crafts look professional. These resources add so much value to the book, since you can use these cut-outs again and again.

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For many of the recipes and crafts, Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities also includes fun facts and images from the Harry Potter movies, because you obviously love them if you’re using this book!

The book will be available on its own in March 2022, but it’s currently being sold in a gift set from Insight Editions, which includes tons of fun stickers and pictures.

We tried a few of the recipes from Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities, and we just loved the book’s fun ideas and easy-to-follow recipes. The best thing about this book is that it includes step-by-step images of some of the more difficult recipes to guide you through how to complete them from start to finish.

Check out how our recipe review from Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities.

‘Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities’ recipe review

Letter from Hogwarts Jam Pastries

We know you’ve been waiting for your letter from Hogwarts since you turned 11, but would you settle for this version? It’s filled with jam instead of a Diagon Alley shopping list, but it is very yummy! These adorable envelopes were actually relatively easy to pull off, and they can cater to many tastes since you get to choose what flavor of jam you use. I used raspberry, and it was delicious.

I didn’t have the Hogwarts stamp that the recipe called for, so I just used an H stamp that I already had. You can either go all out and buy the Hogwarts stamp (let’s be honest, you’ll be using it again), or simply use whatever you have around.

Expectation

harry potter feasts and festivities book review

Reality

harry potter feasts and festivities review

Taste: 4/5
The homemade pastry for these jam pastries was incredible and complimented the jam so well. I love that you can make a batch in several different flavors by switching up the jam!

Presentation: 5/5
The 11 year old inside everyone will squeal when they see these envelopes from Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities on the snack table.

Difficulty: 2/5
These were much easier than I was expecting! The directions for the seals and envelope were laid out very well, making for a simple and fun experience.

Accessibility: 3/5
You will need tools for working with pastry, like a rolling pin and pastry cutter, as well as the stamp to tie the look together!

Fun: 5/5

I always love working with pastry, and it was fun to fill these and imagine a new Hogwarts student receiving it like their letter. Seeing the stamps come to life in the chocolate was also great.

Chocolate Frogs

Few treats are more synonymous with Harry Potter than chocolate frogs. At least, no good treats (sorry Bertie Bott). Unfortunately these ones don’t even have “one good jump in them,” but your guests will still be thrilled when they open up their chocolate frog box and find their little magical amphibian.

The recipe in Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities calls for solid, semisweet chocolate, but you can make it your own using colors, different flavors of chocolate chips, or fillings.

Expectation

chocolate frogs

Reality

Taste: 3/5
If you’ve ever had semisweet chocolate before, you can definitely guess how these taste. But now that you have the chocolate frog molds, you can jazz up the flavor any way you want. I’ve added a caramel filling before (this wasn’t my first chocolate frog rodeo), and they tasted amazing!

Presentation: 5/5
It’s pretty difficult to have these not turn out exactly as they looked in the Harry Potter movies, so you’ll have picture perfect frogs every time. The box also adds a lot to the visual experience.

Difficulty: 2/5
You don’t get much easier than pouring chocolate into a mold, as long as you don’t burn it. The box is a different story if you’re not a natural origamist, but you can definitely pull off a great result with the instructions.

Accessibility: 3/5
You definitely need the chocolate frog mold to make these guys, and also access to a printer for the box.

Fun: 3/5
Pouring chocolate into a mold isn’t overly exciting, but creating a box that looked like it was just off the shelves of Honeyduke’s was super fun!

Flying Broomstick Cake Pops

I love the idea of these cake pops, but I was only moderately happy with how they turned out. This is such a cool idea to have a miniature movie prop made out of delicious cake and pretzel, but they might take some practice and some minor tweaks to the recipe to perfect! The cake is covered with a layer of milk chocolate before adding the broom design with melted butterscotch chips, which is a delicious combination of flavors and sugar that will have you and your kids flying around the room.

Expectation

flying broomstick cake pops

Reality

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Taste: 4/5
These are amazing if you have a big sweet tooth, but could be overwhelming in sweetness for some. The brownie cake base would be excellent for everyone though.

Presentation: 3/5
Again, these would take quite a bit of finesse to get looking their best, but if you nail it, they’re amazing.

Difficulty: 4/5
Cake pops always come with a fairly high difficulty level, but the two layers of melted chips on this one took it up a notch. You need to have your butterscotch chips just cool enough that they don’t melt the existing chocolate layer, but still warm enough to be malleable. It’s a fine line!

Accessibility: 4/5
These ones are accessible to anyone with some time on their hands. You’ll just need a pastry brush and some pans.

Fun: 3/5
I would have had more fun with these if they’d turned out better, but I did enjoy forming the brooms with the cake and playing with all the melted chocolate.

Defeating the Basilisk Sausage Roll

This sausage roll from Harry Potter: Feasts and Festivities is a fun recipe for all ages and all themes, since you can decorate the snake however you want! No matter how you dress him, you’ll have a really cool looking and unreasonably delicious centerpiece for your buffet table.

Expectation

harry potter feasts and festivities review

Reality

Taste: 5/5
I was not prepared for how good this was! The sausage mixture was so perfect, and I would use it again for any sausage roll.

Presentation: 5/5
I really love how this basilisk looks, and I’m excited by the idea of customizing it to look even more mean the next time I make this recipe.

Difficulty: 3/5
Working with pastry can be tough, and while the recipe doesn’t call for it, I urge you to put parchment paper under your pastry before making your basilisk. This stuff is nearly impossible to move on its own. Otherwise, making the basilisk was fairly simple.

Accessibility: 5/5
You really only need a baking sheet to make this monster come to life!

Fun: 5/5
I had so much fun creating the basilisk, and even more fun defeating/eating it.

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