Hufflepuffs: A Dedication

In wizarding history, we often hear of tales of Gryffindors, Ravenclaws, and Slytherins: Gryffindors for their bravery, Ravenclaw for their wisdom, and Slytherins for their ambition. As a Gryffindor myself, I have a hard time grasping the concept that Hufflepuffs don’t get enough love in the wizarding world, which is why I am dedicating this blog post to them! Here are a few reasons why I love Hufflepuff:

1: The Hufflepuff Dormitory is right by the kitchen! Hello midnight snack satisfying!

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2: The House Mascot is a Honey Badger! We all know that Honey Badgers just don’t give a..well, you know ;)

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3: Hufflepuffs are particularly good finders!

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4: Hufflepuffs look out for their friends!

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5: A lot of successful witches and wizards were (and are) Hufflepuffs!

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And last but certainly not least, J.K. Rowling herself has nothing but GOOD things to say about Hufflepuff!

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I could go on all day about why Hufflepuffs are AMAZING, but I think (and hope) that all of the non-Hufflepuffians get my point. Some of the greatest people that I have come to know in my life are Hufflepuffs, and quite frankly, I wouldn’t trade them for the world (not even for all the Gringotts money!). I love ya, Badgers! =) XOXOXOXO

The Legendary Butterbeer Float

Butterbeer float. I heard this term and thought it sounded absolutely amazing. Ice cream AND butterbeer? Divine.

Then I realized you could use butterbeer ice cream and butterbeer to create the sweetest, most decadent treat in all of the Wizarding World.

This item is not an official menu item at Hogsmeade nor Diagon Alley so if you ask a team member to make you one, they probably won’t know what you’re talking about. But it doesn’t stop you from making it yourself! You will need a regular butterbeer, an order of butterbeer ice cream and an extra cup. The Fountain of Fair Fortune is the best place to get these items seeing as they sell both butterbeer and butterbeer ice cream!

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The first step is to split up the butterbeer between the two cups. Since most of the butterscotch flavoring is in the foam, you will need to pass the liquid between the cups several times to ensure proper butterscotch taste. Keep in mind, the foam expands while you do this, so you will end up with 2 cups that are 2/3 of the way full. I recommend this be shared because it is quite rich and because it’s hard to eat your float while carrying around 2 cups!

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The last step is to split the butterbeer ice cream between the two cups.

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YUM! If you are sharing this with someone, it will cost you a little more than $4 each if you use your annual pass discount.

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Ta-da! It’s very rich and very sweet but soooOoOO worth it. It would be interesting to try this with frozen butterbeer! It might be a bit harder to mix everything together but I personally prefer frozen butterbeer to regular butterbeer. If anyone tries this, let me know how it is!

Are there any special items that you have come up with at the parks that are not available on a menu? Let us know in the comments! We can start our own Wizarding World secret menu.

The Golden Trio: How the friendship all began

For all Harry Potter fanatics, we often refer to Harry, Ron, and Hermione as the Golden Trio. However, sometimes we forget that they did not start out as friends, until it all changed thanks to a troll attack in the girl’s bathroom at Hogwarts.

“Troll in the Dungeon! Thought you oughta know..”

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This scene had me gritting my teeth. I remember thinking for sure that Hermione was done for!

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Harry and Ron defeat the troll, and rescue Hermione!

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“From that moment on, Hermione Granger became their friend. There are some things you can’t share without ending up like each other, and knocking out a twelve- foot mountain troll is one of them.”

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Book Club Meetup – Chamber of Secrets

Words by Terrea Riggs. Pictures by Terrea Riggs and Alyssa Hancock.

Nothing beats the feeling of being welcomed home. I haven’t been away, I just never get over walking into an event late and being greeted warmly by my wizard friends (and this time the bartender, too!). So even though I had to work at my muggle job at 1am on Tuesday, my trek out to the George and Dragon Pub for book club on Monday night was well worth it. And what better way to set the mood for your meetup at a British pub than for it to rain the entire time you’re there?

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Our book this time was Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. As much as I enjoy new reads, I am equally excited about our group’s re-read of the series that has brought us all together. There were lots of thoughtful questions and plenty of debate (at least from this table).

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As if somehow sensing which book we were discussing this month, my wand broke in half at the meetup, doing its best imitation of Ron Weasley’s during the crash into the Whomping Willow! I hope that Ollivander can repair it next time I am in Diagon Alley.

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Slytherin house was not as well represented in attendance as I had hoped, but Alyssa and I made up for it by wearing our robes and best better-than-you expressions. Where did all these Gryffindors and Ravenclaws come from, anyway?!

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At one point in the night I had truly questioned whether I was in Orlando or not. The rain pelted down the entire time we were at the pub and I even started hearing more British accents than normal. Had I unknowingly apparated to London?

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Perhaps not.

We then broke into smaller groups to compete in trivia from the book for extra house points! While they all did their best at trying, Alyssa and I were the most ambitious and secured the SlytherWIN for the night.

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After that we celebrated with drinks, even inviting Dobby to join us.

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Once again it was a fun night and I can’t wait to do it all again in November with a new book!

A Slytherin Call to Arms

ATTENTION ALL SLYTHERINS!!! YOUR HOUSE NEEDS YOU!

As we all know, Slytherin is the superior house at Hogwarts, but how can we flaunt this superiority when we are currently in last place in the house ranks? We need to show these Mudbloods and lesser wizards how serious we can be when it comes to earning house points. This is why I call on you all to step up and take pride in your house! Let us show them the true power of the pureblood line in Slytherin! Do not wait until later to earn points for your house; the time to act is now! How can we uphold the esteemed values of Salazar Slytherin when we are currently losing to the lowly house of Godric Gryffindor?  I beg you all to come join in more activities at Hogwarts and remember to wear your full robes to earn maximum points for our house! As Slytherins, we are ambitious, clever, resourceful, and determined, so use these skills and make your house proud! Do not wait for another witch or wizard to do the work for you! If not now, when? If not you, then who?

Your Slytherin prefect,

Draco Malfoy

 

Written by Alyssa Hancock

Slug Club House Points Standings – September 18th, 2014

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Here are the House points as of yesterday, September 18th.

Gryffindor is off to a great start! The question is – can they hold on to it? Gryffindor started off high in the rankings last term as well but that wonderful energy did not last for long.  Hufflepuff has been quiet over the last two years, with members being more interested in having fun rather than worrying about the pressures of the House Cup Competition.

The real surprise is the current standings of Slytherin and Ravenclaw, winners of our first and second term, respectively. Historically, Slytherin did whatever was necessary to advance their position in the ranks, jumping in when the stakes were high and helping out the group leadership team in exchange for house points. Ravenclaw is our largest house and, with a high number of book club and discussion-based meetings this summer and school term, expected to be a tough competitor. Can these two Houses come back before the House Cup Competition comes to a close?

Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

Ah, another year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has begun. The Great Hall is once again alive with noise and the smell of food, quidditch tryouts are once again underway, professors are diligently preparing students for exams, and students are once again going mad trying to keep up with the load of homework. Fret no more my dear fellow classmates! For I have the answer that will help ease all your stress. Stop on by Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes and check out our tremendous selection of the finest gags and tricks!

First up in our fine selection is fever fudge. We employees at WWW know that, sometimes, there is that one Professor whose class that you would love to skip! With one bite of our fever fudge, you will have a great excuse to just lounge in your bed all day while your classmates sit in class wishing that they were you! Just don’t forget to eat the other side to get rid of your fever afterwards =).

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For those of you who are not quite fond of fevers, might I suggest our popular Puking Pastilles? Eat the one half while your Professor isn’t looking, and trust me, you will be out of class in no time! As with the Fever Fudge, remember to eat the other half afterwards, otherwise you may find yourself in the Hospital Wing.

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For those of you who are “faint at heart”, I highly recommend the Fainting Fancies. These gummy looking treats will have you on the floor faster then you can say “Expelliarmus.”

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These are just a few of the fine treats that we have at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. For more information, send us an owl! Hope to see you soon!

Gratefully yours,

The Weasley Family & Employees