Harry Potter fans, the wait is over. Diagon Alley is open at Universal Orlando, which means it's time to celebrate with a party featuring some of Harry's favorite foods.
Say goodbye to those measly Muggle salads and smoothies. Embrace the Hogwarts diet: an overload of sweets and the quintessential butterbeer.
New students at Hogwarts are always awed by the desserts that materialize in the massive dining hall — everything from apple pies to treacle tarts to trifles. Your menu is be a mini version of the Hogwarts spread. If your guests wonder why there aren't more treats, remind them you made these all by yourself with absolutely no help from your house elf.
Start with an elegant trifle, like the one Harry tasted on his first evening at Hogwarts. It's easy to make, even without a wand. All you have to do is buy a pound cake and garnish it with layers of raspberries, jam and whipped cream. You can even prepare it the day before. That's real magic.
For something less sweet than the trifle, just-out-of-the-oven rock cakes will delight your guests. When you get to Hogwarts, Hagrid is sure to offer you his special recipe for these treats. (Refuse.) This recipe is much closer to the tea-time cakes that Mrs. Weasley might serve at the Burrow. Similar to a scone, they go perfectly with a steaming cup of English breakfast tea. (And if you want to prepare for Professor Trelawney's divination class, you can always read the tea leaves afterward.)
But, as Harry Potter knows, tea is no substitute for butterbeer. The Three Broomsticks won't reveal their recipe, but we found a simple, delicious version for you to try. Make enough to serve all your guests — even a thirsty team of Quidditch players.
And when you do arrive at Diagon Alley, remember us kindly. You're a wizard now.