Monday, November 5, 2012

Diagon Alley: Pug's Harry Potter Reading Challenge '12


In the words of Hagrid, "Stalagmite's got an 'm' in it." Stalactites are pointed rock formations that hang from the ceiling (that's why there's a 'c' in it) and stalagmites mound up from the ground (that's why there's a 'm' in it.)
                                                                   - Leo 

Pottermore - Opinion/Discussion
Check out the comments for each of our wands and animals!  
                                                                   - Oreo & Willo 

Players this Round

Ingrid - Round: 30 Total: 110
Trivia - 5
Lazy, uh-huh. Whatever Ms. Right. ;) - Leo 
Pottermore - 10
Very interesting wand you have there, my dear. - Oreo 
Opinion/Discussion - 15
I agree wholeheartedly that every witch needs a cat and I like your logic. - Willo 

Mark - Round: 15 Total: 65
Trivia - 5
Ha! Very inventive, I love it! - Leo 
Pottermore - 5
Just ash huh? You do know I am investigating everyone's wands right? - Houdini
Opinion/Discussion - 5
Oh, I want a hug! I give great hugs! - Willo 

Ashley - Round: 25 Total: 55 
Trivia - 5
Roger! Conical is my new word of the day - Leo 
Pottermore - 10
Do you know what Mr. Ollivander said about especially short wands? - Oreo 
Opinion/Discussion - 10
Professor McGonagall is the best! - Willo 

StarWormwood12755 aka Kim - Round: 0 Total: 60  
Trivia - 0
Pottermore - 0
Opinion/Discussion - 0

This is a very, very big chapter! And we have some really big news! Tatum, our special guest host on loan from APARN has found her furever home! 

To toast and celebrate this joyous occasion we are giving away a Butterbeer recipe each day this week. We told you those cups would come in handy! 
And to kick it off our very own recipe - what else would it be? But 

PUG's Butterbeer 

Dash of cinnamon sugar
1 tsp imitation butter flavoring
1 ½ cups of cream soda
1/3 cup root beer
1 tbsp Butterscotch syrup/topping

1.      Pour dash of cinnamon sugar in a glass (at least 16 ounces)
2.      Add imitation butter flavoring
3.      Pour cream soda and then root beer into glass
4.      Put entire scoop of butterscotch into cup and stir gently until well mixed

Best served very chilled. Do not store, serve immediately. 

2nd Day of Butterbeer (from Yahoo) 


1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup half and half cream
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
Ginger Ale

·         Prepare Sauce

Combine butter, brown sugar, half and half cream and salt in a small saucepan and simmer gently for five minutes. Stir in vanilla and let cool.
      Place a tablespoon of butterscotch in a glass, top off with ginger ale to fill. Add 1/4 cup sauce and serve! 

      Day 3's Butterbeer

    Recipe #13  (From an article on MSN)
      4 tablespoon butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 cup warm milk
1 x scant tablespoon vanilla
Pinch salt

      1. Heat butter in saucepan and melt, stirring until butter bubbles
      2. Add sugar and stir slowly over medium heat until medium brown in color
      3. Heat milk in microwave and pour into blender
      4. Blend on low and slowly add sugar mixture
      5. Add vanilla and salt

   Day 4 Recipe   (Also from the MSN article)
1   1/2 cups milk
2 teaspoons honey
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons hot chocolate powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 ounce butterscotch schnapps

     1. Melt butter and honey together
     2. Add milk, sugar, vanilla, and butterscotch schnapps
     3. Microwave or heat on stovetop until warm
     4. Mix in hot chocolate powder and cinnamon

Day 5 - Frozen Butterbeer by Jessica at Bake Me Away 
1 liter cream soda
1 cup heavy cream
butterscotch sauce to taste (I’m guessing I used ~1/3 cup)
Pour the soda into a large shallow dish (I used a 9×13 plastic container).  Place in the freezer for 30 minutes.  Remove from freezer and if the soda has started to freeze around the edges, break up and rake the frozen bits to the center with a fork.  Put the container back in the freezer for another 30 minutes.  Keep repeating this process (it’s just like making a granita!) until the soda is very slushy.  You’ll want to be able to drink it through a straw.  This took about 3 hours starting with room temperature soda, but could take less if your soda is chilled and if you have a colder freezer.
When the soda is almost ready, make the topping.  Beat the heavy cream until it is lightened, but still loose.  (Think beer foam instead of whipped cream.)  Whisk in enough butterscotch to give the cream a definite butterscotch flavor.  I’m staying at a dorm right now and didn’t bring measuring spoons with me, but am going to guess that I used about 1/3 cup.  You can see here how much is missing from the 12.25 oz jar!  But really, go by your own personal taste.
To serve, spoon or pour the slushy soda into clear cups or glasses.  Spoon the foamy topping on top.  You can drink it with or without a straw!  (the latter will give you a nice ‘stache)
Another way to make this could be to freeze the cream soda in ice cube trays, then toss the cubes in a blender.  (If you try this, let me know.)  Of course, an even easier alternative would be to make the non-frozen version by (do I need to say this?) not freezing the soda.

Trivia 5 Points 
What is the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite? (Scientific and book answers are both acceptable.) 

Pottermore 10 Points 
What is your wand? 

Opinion/Discussion 15 Points 
What pet did you choose and why? 

If you have not joined Pottermore yet, now is the time! 


  1. 1)What is the difference between a stalactite and a stalagmite? (Scientific and book answers are both acceptable.)

    one will poke you in the head the other will poke you in the rear and if you are your dad it will remind you of his best friend (B)

    2) What is your wand? Made of Ash

    3) What pet did you choose and why? well of course a pug they get the best hugs

  2. The Scribe aka RoseUnicorn152

    Pet: My pet chose me. I had every intention of picking a siamese cat because I've always wanted one. When I accidentally purchased a Barn Owl, I tried to go back but as Pottermore had no confirmation or way to go back it was mine... What did I name it you say? Why Pugo of course!

    Wand: 14 1/2 in, Rowan, Phoenix Feather, Slightly Springy

  3. leo- stalacite- conical developes from the roof
    stalagmite-conical developes from the bottom

    oreo- a holly wood 8.5 inches with the core being the tail from a Unicorn

    1. willo- i have chosen a cat because it reminds me of proffesor mcgonagall

  4. CauldronWing16796 aka Leo

    Pet: I have a screech owl - because they are just so cool looking!

    Wand: 14 1/2 in., Black Walnut, Phoenix Feather, Hard

  5. CharmIce27459 aka Oreo

    Pet: I chose a harlequin toad because I mean how cool looking are they? And it looks fun to chase.

    Wand: 10 3/4in, Pear, Unicorn, Quite Flexible

  6. MarauderSnidget3565 aka Willo!

    Pet: I chose a ginger cat because it made the coolest noises.

    Wand: 9 1/2 in, Fir, Unicorn, Unbending

  7. 1. I'm being lazy and I just don't remember which is which at the moment, but I believe the stalactite grows down from a cave ceiling and a stalagmite grows up from the cave floor. It may be the other way around of course...

    2. My wand is 13 1/2 inches, Yew with a Unicorn hair, and rigid. Who would have thought?

    3. I chose a black cat because every witch should have one. That and I love cats. As a plus, my robes are black so hair isn't an issue. My biggest issue about owls is the poop, bird poop kinda grosses me out.

  8. AurorFeather29538 aka Tatum

    Pet: I chose a barn owl because they're pretty and make beautiful noises.

    Wand: 11 1/4 in, Spruce, Unicorn, Pliant