Twenty years ago, the world fell in love with Harry Potter for the first time when his first book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone hit shelves.
20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It's been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017
Though there are many parts of the magical world that we wish we could partake in, the one thing that make us want to be a witch or wizard the most are the foods.
Unfortunately, we can’t ride on the Hogwarts Express to order these treats straight from the trolley, and though many Potter-inspired treats are available in the real world, they lack the same magical touches that they had in the books and on the big screen. Here are the five foods we most wish we could have from the Harry Potter universe:
Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans
Alas, earwax! Will you be munching on banana or rotten egg? Cotton candy or vomit? Lime or grass? There is a major risk in eating the infamous Bertie Bott’s Every Flavor Beans, but what’s life without a little risk? Like Harry and his friends, who made a game out of eating this candy in the Gryffindor dormitories, you and your friends can brave these candies, and it’s just as fun (and dangerous) as it sounds. Just try to avoid the booger flavor.
Butterbeer is definitely the most popular drink in Harry Potter’s wizarding world. Described as tasting a bit like butterscotch, this drink would elicit a warm, fuzzy feeling in all who consumed it. Though fans across the world have tried to replicate this comforting beverage, none seem quite as magical as the butterbeer described in the original books.
This fun, high-jumping treat was one of the most popular candies in the Harry Potter universe. Made from “croakoa,” a substance that has 70 percent chocolate content and a certain jumpy tendency, these candies burst with as much energy as they did flavor. As if frog candy weren’t fun enough, these chocolates came with trading cards of great witches and wizards, which turned into a trading game among Hogwarts students.
Cauldron cakes were the first confectionary that Harry Potter bought on the Hogwarts Express, and this treat helped him to bond with his future BFF Ron Weasley. These chocolate cakes filled with magical concoctions were another favorite among Hogwarts students, and unlike some of the other items on this list, they have not been translated officially into the Muggle world, making us pine for them even more.
This custard-filled tart is a British staple, but it’s likely that the ones we have are nothing like the ones served during holiday feasts in Hogwarts’ Great Hall. This particular dessert is so desirable for Harry Potter and his friends that it’s what our hero smells when in the presence of the love potion, Amortentia.
Additional reporting by Sidney Harrison.