Harry Potter and the Great Feast Platter

Hey, it’s the Boy Who Lived’s birthday — July 31, 1980. What better way to celebrate than a throwback to that time my friends and I visited the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, Florida.

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After a few hours of touring Hogsmeade, we stopped at the Three Broomsticks for a meal. The Great Feast Platter, obviously, is slightly smaller compared with the start- and end-of-term feasts in the books. Harry and his schoolmates feasted on “roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, sausages, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, fries, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy ketchup and, for some strange reason, peppermint humbugs.” We had rotisserie chicken, barbecue ribs, corn on the cob, roasted potatoes and a green salad with vinaigrette.

Is a visit to Harry Potter’s world complete without tasting at least a couple of its most famous drinks? On the left is the very popular butterbeer, with pumpkin juice on the right. They didn’t exactly taste buttery or beery or even pumpkin-y; they were, however, both very, very sweet.

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We also wanted to get some ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s but the line of small children was always very long, so we consoled ourselves with chocolate frogs and other treats at Honeyduke’s instead.

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