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10 real-life ways muggles can experience Harry Potter

By: Laura Moss on Nov. 19, 2010, 12:40 p.m.
waitress carrying butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter

Photo: John Raoux/AP

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Have a drink

If there's one thing every Harry Potter fan wants to try it's butterbeer. Whether it's served up fresh by Madam Rosmerta or passed over a dusty counter at The Hog's Head, it's the drink of choice for Hogwarts students — at least until they're old enough to get a sip of firewhiskey.

Muggles rave about the butterbeer at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but if you won't be making a trip to Orlando anytime soon, you can always make your own butterbeer at home. If you'd prefer to sip something cool and refreshing while you watch the Quidditch World Cup, try this pumpkin juice recipe. And for the adventurous muggle over the age of 21, there's even a simple firewhiskey recipe. (Warning: The recipe creator cautions that drinking firewhiskey is a lot like snogging Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback and warns that it could turn you into a blast-ended skrewt.)