Sending Harry Potter off with flair

landerson@thesunnews.comJuly 14, 2011 

For many Harry Potter fans, tonight's midnight opening of the last movie installment is bittersweet, a mixture of excitement at seeing the film finale but sorrow that it will mark the end of a journey thatbegan with release of the first book in 1997.

There's no spell to fix this, so it's probably better to put on your Hogwarts scarves -- accio scarf (for the Muggles, that's a spell that summons things) -- some Kleenex, have a good cry and move on.

If there was ever a time to throw a party -- either as a farewell to the films or a thank you to Harry Potter and company for 14 years of entertainment, -- it would be now.

Here are some ideas for what to serve at a proper Potter bash. Recipes are based on items author J.K. Rowling mentions in the book, some from fan sites and some from professional cooks.

Best of all, you don't need a cauldron or a wand to make them.

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