Look Who’s Dining with J.K. Rowling

Apr 25, 2016

Posted by: Katie Eller

J.K. Rowling, News, Theme Park

We all know that good food is integral to the Harry Potter books and films.

While Bonnie Wright and others have confirmed that the delicacies on set were often fake or disgusting, the food at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks is both real and tasty.

Bangers and Mash Photo by Kyle Parsons

Before the opening of the parks, J.K. Rowling herself tastes the fare to make sure that it is up to standard.  The Hollywood Reporter confirmed this week that samples were made for Rowling in Scotland before the opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood.

“The chefs at Universal flew to Scotland and brought the food to her,” says Alan Gilmore, the park’s supervising art director. “She got to see everything. It was a huge effort to get everything exactly right.”

It is also rumored that “Firewhisky,” witches’ and wizards’ alcoholic beverage of choice, will be added to the menu at Universal Studios Hollywood pending Rowling’s approval.

In a related note, J.K. Rowling attended a special dinner in the U.S. Ambassador’s London home over the weekend, according to ABC News.  She met with President Barack Obama during his visit, and British Prime Minister David Cameron was also there.

If only they served Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans at such events…

To read more about J.K. Rowling’s theme park influence, see The Hollywood Reporter.  To learn more about President Obama’s trip to Britain, see ABC News.

The Leaky Cauldron is not associated with J.K. Rowling, Warner Bros., or any of the individuals or companies associated with producing and publishing Harry Potter books and films.