J. K. Rowling Fans

    For many J. K. Rowling fans, it was a sad day after the release of the last Harry Potter book . . .

    Then there was a high point with the release of the movie . . . Another with the release of the DVD .jkrowling . .

    There were other books published, but none as popular and beloved as the Harry Potter saga. Then miraculously came Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script.

    Of course it was an Amazon #1 Best Seller with all the pre-orders placed in anticipation of the release date of July 31, 2016.

    Now there’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to find Them: The Original Screenplay to be released November 18, 2016. Yes, it’s available for pre-order now at Amazon — of course, being a #1 Best Seller.

    Yes, there is a film coming out of the same title in November the day before the book release. There is no mention of when the DVD will be available for pre-order . . . I’m sure many are anticipating that.

    J. K. Rowling has written a novel for adult readers, The Casual Vacancy. She writes crime novels under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. But, they don’t seem to fill the void many fans feel. There are mixed reviews regarding the script format of The Cursed Child and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Sure we’ll buy them, but we want a novel to emerge ourselves into the printed words and imagination of the master story teller, J. K. Rowling.

    It is that time of year when many of us are re-reading the Harry Potter books . . . and watching the DVDs . . . We have to once more delve into the wizardly world . . . It’s like visiting an old friend. And that’s exactly what J. K. Rowling has brought to her many fans . . . old friends, Hogwarts . . . with a brief look to the future with anticipation of more to come . . . I hope we won’t be disappointed.

    Here are some links you may find helpful . . . I’ll try not to get carried away:

    I’m looking forward to November!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sharon

    Harry Potter Free Printables

    I don’t know what got me so jazzed up with Harry Potter . . . but here I am with free printables you may enjoy and love making for family and friends.

    It did start out innocent enough with a post I was writing here on my OldHauntedStuff Blog.

    One thing led to another and then I got into checking out Harry Potter Chocolate Frog Boxes you can make and fill with Easter goodies . . . or something . . . interesting.ChocolateFrogBoxTemplate

    I always love boxes! And these seem quite special for Harry Potter fans. I know there are hundreds of thousands of you.

    Just click the image and be taken to a page where you can download the box in a zip file.

    Yes, and there are the collectable cards that go with it!!

    ChocolateFrogBoxAndCards Just click the image and you’ll be taken to a page where you can download the cards in a zip file.

    These will definitely be fun to share with your family and friends. These would be excellent for birthday parties or special get togethers.

    It may be good for a back to school party or even one for graduation. You’ll need to get some frog molds to put inside your box . . . it is easy to make your own chocolate . . . and I’m sure there are places where you can buy chocolate frogs.

    Here are some helpful links you may enjoy:

    Well, there you go. I hope you had as much fun as I had

    Sharon

    Harry Potter’s Butter Beer Fudge Recipe

    Oh yes, we can’t seem to escape butter beer.

    Yet another recipe with the butter beer theme.harry-potters-butterbeer-fudge

    This time it is fudge . . . and no one can resist fudge!

    Let’s get started!

    Ingredients:

    • 3/4 cup butter
    • 1/2 cup half and half
    • a 7.5 ounce jar of marshmallow cream
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 – 1/2 teaspoon rum extract
    • 1 -1/2 teaspoon imitation butter extract
    • 11 ounces of butterscotch chips

    Directions:

    1. Prepare an 8 x 8 inch pan by lining it with aluminium foil and spraying with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. In a saucepan, put in the butter, half and half marshmallow cream and sugars.
    3. Stir to combine over medium heat.
    4. Once the mixture comes to a boil, allow to boil for 5 minutes.
    5. Remove from heat and add in the extracts and butterscotch chips.
    6. Mix until the chips are completely melted.
    7. Pour into the prepared pan and give it a few taps to smooth the top.
    8. Place pan in the refrigerator and chill.
    9. When ready, cut and serve.

    That seemed easy enough.

    Until next time,

    Sharon

    Harry Potter Butterbeer Recipes

     Everyone’s scurrying around trying to duplicate the butterbeer they enjoyed at Harry Potter theme park at Universal.

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    There are plenty of recipes. Some argue the original in the J. K. Rowling books was a warm drink others are equally adamant it must be served cold like a slushy.

    I’m of an entirely different mindset. You can either make butterbeer the easy way or the hard way. Yes, you may know which way I’m thinking. Easy all the way. If you want something cold and satisfying I have a delicious recipe for you. If you want to put more effort into it, then I have the recipe for that, too.

    For the purist, I’ll give you what you want Harry Potter Hot Butterbeer Recipe

    Harry Potter Hot Butterbeer Recipe

    INGREDIENTS

    1 cup light or dark brown sugar
    2 tablespoons water
    6 tablespoons softened butter
    1/2 teaspoon salt, you can skip this if your butter has salt
    1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
    3/4 cup heavy cream, divide into 1/4 cup and 1/2 cup
    1/2 teaspoon rum extract
    4 12 ounce bottles cream soda

    DIRECTIONS

    • In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the brown sugar and water. Bring to a gentle boil and cook, stirring often, until the mixture reads 240 degrees F on a candy thermometer.
    • Stir in the butter, salt, vinegar and 1/4 cup of the heavy cream. Set aside to cool to room temperature.
    • Once the mixture has cooled, stir in the rum extract.
    • In a medium bowl, combine 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar mixture and the remaining 1/2 cup of heavy cream. Use an electric mixer to beat until it thickens, but not completely whipped, this should take about 2 to 3 minutes.
    • To serve, divide the brown sugar mixture between 4 tall glasses (about 1/4 cup for each glass). Add 1/4 cup of cream soda to each glass, then stir to combine. Fill each glass almost to the top with additional cream soda, then spoon the whipped topping over each glass.

    Just reading the recipe no doubt created a bead of sweat over your brow. Don’t give it another thought. I present to you:

    Harry Potter Cold and Easy Butterbeer Recipe

    Ingredients make 4 16 oz. servings:

    1 quart butter brickle ice cream. If you can’t find it vanilla ice cream will do nicely.
    1/4 cup butterscotch syrup
    32 oz of your favorite cream soda

    Directions:

    1. Put 4 (16-ounce) glasses in your freezer to chill for at least 20 minutes

    2. Mix ice cream and cream soda in your blender until combined

    3. Divide between the frosted glasses

    4. Top each glass with whipped cream, I use the whipped cream from the pressurized can. But this is a optional item.

    5. Serve with spoons and straws

    Didn’t I tell you this was cold and easy!

    Now that you have a choice of recipes for butterbeer, enjoy and delight your family and friends! You may also like to get Butterbeer Mugs:


    16 ounce size

    • Direct from universal studios Florida
    • heavy plastic
    • measures 4 1/2″ high X 4″ wide plus handle
    • bottom stamped..universal harry potter butterbeer

    Some have complained it’s too small and too light weight, but if you want a mug with Butterbeer printed across the front, this is what is available. I can understand Universal Studios Florida not wanting to have glass mugs for this specialty drink and souvenir. I think they’re great and why I’m sharing it with you.

    Thanks for stopping by!