Movie Fuel: Harry Potter

Let’s head back to ABC Family this weekend for multiple showings of the first four Harry Potter films.

What a perfect time of year to revisit the start of Harry’s adventures. As we quickly pass through November into December, we delve into the most magical time of the year. No movie magic can match that of Potter’s, so set those DVRs. Check ABC Family’s schedule today through Sunday and start recording! For those following yesterday’s clue, HP was published in 1998, which is the same year the story finds itself at an end.

There are loads of websites with specific HP recipes and foods that are eaten at Hogwarts or drinks served somewhere in Potterland. I’m not a HP expert, I haven’t read the books (yet), nor have I seen the last two movies released. It’s not that I don’t want to, I just haven’t got to it yet. At this rate, I figure I’ll read the books along with Dallas in a few years. When should kids start reading Harry Potter? Is seven too young?

I whipped up two snacks that make for fun movie munching. Golden Snitch Meatballs are a take on the Snitch, or the golden ball which is the game clincher in the fictional game of Quidditch.  The second is a kid friendly pumpkin smoothie. Have you ever noticed that sometimes the idea of a pumpkin flavored drink outweighs the actual pumpkin flavor? Not this time! The Potter crew drinks pumpkin juice throughout their story. A pumpkin smoothie does require a bit of sugar, but don’t forget that pumpkin is a vegetable, folks!

You can either roll meatballs from scratch, or cheat like I did and use premade! Trader Joe’s and Fresh & Easy both have frozen turkey meatballs, I used F&E’s variety and baked them to soften. Either way, you’ll need to dip your balls in a beaten egg with a bit milk, before drenching in your golden crunchy mix.

Golden Snitches
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Ingredients
  • 6 cups Corn Flakes
  • ¼ to ½ cup shredded parmesan Cheese
  • Homemade or frozen meatballs - about 1 pound
  • Seasoning mix of choice – Italian, Garlic Powder with Salt & Pepper or the easy one to remember, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme (sing it with me!)
Instructions
  1. Smash it all up into bitty crumbs via blender, food processor or angry housewife rolling-pin style
  2. If you fry the meatballs, they will gain some flavor, but lose the gold. For this recipe, I say bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes for premade meatballs. More like 40 minutes for homemade, or until inside reaches 160 degrees. Use flat parsley to create wings.
My kids ate these for breakfast and let out a bunch of mmm’s!
Potter Pumpkin Smoothie
 
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Recipe type: Beverage
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  • 2 cups canned pumpkin (not pie mix)
  • 2 cups almond milk (almond milk works really well in smoothies, I prefer it over regular)
  • 1 banana (frozen works perfect, if you have one)
  • ¼ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 T. real maple syrup
  • 1 T. sugar
  • ¼ cup orange juice concentrate
Instructions
  1. Blend up well and pour over ice.
Blend up well and pour over ice. This also received two kid thumbs up! Bonus: If you look closely at this photo you will see my toddler rocking out in his sweats. Hurray for morning bloggin’!

Now, to get you rolling, here’s your weekly wording from Movie Fuel!

November 2001, there was movie excitement in the air.  Not one, but two new fantasy series were coming out for the holidays; the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Harry Potter!  And, while the Lord of the Rings Trilogy will live on in infamy, it was the Potter series that evolved over time and nurtured a generation of young children into preteens and then full blown teenagers, as well as the rest of the young at heart.  Who better than Chris Columbus (Home Alone, Mrs. Doubtfire) to helm the first two installments?  Other famous directors would also contribute over the years; Mike Newell (Young Indiana Jones, Four Weddings and a Funeral) and Alfonso Cuaron (Little Princess, Great Expectations), ending with a newcomer, David Yates, who would go on to complete the last four films.

Lessons on relationships, disappointments and loss spoke volumes to the primary audience of both the books and films.  Adolescents crave someone they can relate to and the Harry Potter universe supplies ample examples of righteous, yet imperfect characters with plenty to say; don’t undervalue others, be true to your friends, get help when overwhelmed and ultimately, love is stronger than death.

What makes Harry Potter special is that all of this is packaged in an entertaining volume of adapted films.  Action, suspense, fantastical special effects, humor.  When viewing each film, there is a sense escapism and confidence that you are “getting your money’s worth”.  So, as a life lesson or just a journey to another land, you are sure to have your imagination fired up and will be thrilled by any of the eight Harry Potter films that have spanned this past decade.

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