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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Updated on October 28, 2019
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The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook
The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

Looking For Some Great Harry Potter Recipes?

The year was 2000, my son was seven years old and a huge Harry Potter fan. He had read and reread the books published to date. As a matter of fact, we had all read and reread the books. The books had even travelled with us as we moved across Canada in the form of audiobooks.With Harry Potter so important in our home, it seemed that a Harry Potter birthday party was definitely in order and one was planned. However, I searched and searched in vain for Harry Potter recipes and I know that, in the end, we created our own and we winged it. That, of course, was fine but boy would I have loved to have a proper Harry Potter cookbook in my hands!

My family's love for Harry Potter has not diminished over the years although to be honest I would have to say that my teenage sons are slightly disilllusioned by the movies because they were not very representative of the books. However, with the coming of the two-part movie Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and with the opening and subsequent media frenzy for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, our excitement about Harry Potter has been renewed.

It was, therefore, particularly exciting when I discovered this book,The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook: From Cauldron Cakes to Knickerbocker Glory by Dinah Bucholz , which was released on September 18, 2010.

On this page, find more information about the book as well as more information about Harry Potter recipes including links to my own pages dedicated to butterbeer recipes, butterbeer steins and the other, lesser known Harry Potter cookbook.

More Than 150 Magical Recipes for Muggles and Wizards

About The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook

This book was written for me! (Just joking.) However, if you are a fan like me who has wanted to make the food that appears throughout the Harry Potter books, then The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook is the book for you! It has recipes for all of the food from the books be it simple or fancy fair. Every recipe features a description of the dish as it pertains to its culinary history. However, each was also adapted to suit the North American palate.

The author of this book, Dinah Bucholz, a huge Harry Potter fan like the rest of us, was inspired one day to create a Harry Potter cookbook. She submitted her idea to agents and editors repeatedly and was turned down repeatedly. When finally she received some real feedback she learned what the issue was that everyone was worried about the copyright. She eventually sent her material off to a lawyer to prove that it would not violate copyright, which allowed her to sign with an agent and then, she was free to create The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook.

A Harry Potter Menu - From the back cover of Harry Potter's cookbook.

Harry Potter Menu
Harry Potter Menu

The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook Reviewed

The Unofficial Harry Potter cookbook garners interesting reviews with words like AWESOME and THOROUGH coming up. Writer Rivky says that it seems like all of the food that is mentioned in Harry Potter is in the book. KK says she enjoyed the quotes regarding each individual food and the interesting and informative trivia and added that her nine-year old can make the recipes.

(Note that the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook does NOT include a butterbeer recipe.)

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Transform your Muggle meals into magical masterpieces!

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      mouse1996 lm 

      8 years ago

      I had no idea there was a Harry Potter cookbook. I might just have to add this to my small collection of cookbooks. LOL! Great lens!

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      8 years ago

      This would be great to get inspiration for a children's party.

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      8 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Wow! I didn't know there really is one! ^_^

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      8 years ago

      I didn't know there was such a thing as The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook, I think it will be an official success and a collectors 'must have'!

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      8 years ago

      Very nice lens!

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      9 years ago

      I want a chocolate frog.

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      9 years ago from New York

      No. But you've gotten this muggle interested now.

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      9 years ago

      I'd never even heard of this! How did I miss it? Being a vegetarian I wonder how many recipes there would be for me, but I wouldn't mind taking a look at Butterbeer. The first cookbook I ever had as a child included a recipe for Knickerbocker Glory and although I never made it, the name stuck in my head and I have always remembered it.

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      9 years ago

      How wonderful. I bought this for my son this year for Yule and have not tried the recipes yet. I'm encouraged to start cooking with him. I've lensrolled this to my own HP lens.

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      daoine lm 

      9 years ago

      Sounds like an excellent cookbook. I'm sure you're going to have lots of fun with this.

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      Jennifer Sullivan 

      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I know of a few muggles who might like this for Halloween or Christmas!

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      tandemonimom lm 

      10 years ago

      Sounds yummy!

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      10 years ago from Cheshire UK

      No I hadn't been waiting for the The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook but I know that lots of people will have been especially the parents of all those Harry Potter Fans - well they will say it's for the Kids but in truth I bet the parents will be lapping it up! Great lens and lensrolled to some of my Harry Potter lenses.

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      Susan Deppner 

      10 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I haven't been, but I'm sure the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook will be a huge hit with Harry Potter fans - and a great idea for a Christmas present!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      10 years ago

      I hadn't heard about The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook but it sure looks interesting. I'd love to see the recipes!


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