All Sorts Of Hogwash

My Grace is fifteen! Can you believe how fast this happens?

Threw her a Potter-themed party on the weekend and it was a lot of fun even before her friends arrived as we worked on decorations, costumes, themed food and some wizard appropriate games. Even tonight, with the party and her birthday relegated to the pensieve, Miss15 is off to see a pre-screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald at our local cinema. I love JK Rowling has given my kids, and so many, many others, a world in which to immerse themselves and escape and grow and use their imaginations. We even had a track of Moaning Myrtle on repeat in the bathroom.

What I thought I’d rather like to share here is one of the ideas we came up with for the party: our own Potion Riddle. Like the one Snape set in the first book to protect the philosopher’s stone. I’m rather pleased with my work, although I have to confess I was surprised when it actually seemed to work out. A little too well, maybe. No one got it except by using that classic magical cheats spell, eeny meeny miny moe. Even had some adult friends attempt it over dinner without success, although to be fair to them they’d had a little too much nettle wine.

Even though ultimately the girls didn’t taste their choices, I made them up with tea, food colouring and, depending on which of the four liquids they represented, garlic, vanilla essence, cordial or fish sauce. Because details matter.

Here it is, if you would care to try work it out. Below it I’ve included some tools which might help, labelling & giving the amounts of the different sorts of liquids, and another showing an easy way to display on paper each bottle with each potential liquid listed under it.

Please don’t give the answer away in the comments on the Facebook page. Maybe just say ‘got it’ if you manage it. Or message me. The solution is spelled out in a link below the riddle (under the photo of me with a birthday cake hat) if you want any hints.

Have fun! I can’t wait to have people solving this!

And Happy Fifteenth to my beautiful Miss15 So proud of the young lady you’re transfiguring into.

Hope you Hogwarts letter arrives soon, you daft Muggle x

The Potion Riddle

Seven tiny bottles, each a liquid holds

One is sweet as candy, while two taste foul & old

Three will make you wonder why you agreed to play this game

As you die a gruesome death those around will know your shame

The drink you seek is hidden amongst the sweet friend and the foes

But don’t be fooled by colour or the shapes in which they’re stowed

Nothing sweet stands on either ends of the row

Nothing foul & old in the bottle uniquely blown

No two tall and no two small hold the same inside

You better do some thinking if you want to win the prize

The second and the fifth are filled with much the same

The first and the third are different but both lame

A drop is all you’ll need to know you’ve not much luck with smarts

But then logic isn’t strong among those with magic in their hearts

Had to prove to a few of the girls it was even possible. Wondered myself for a bit, but then it came back to me. Luckily. I’d have been up for a short stint in Azkaban if I couldn’t. LINK TO SOLUTION

Some Party Photos

Looks like Rita Skeeter left her glasses on the buffet table.
Cockroach Clusters, both yucky and yummy. Secret is to break a date in two and add it to the top. Was actually asked if they had real cockroaches in them LINK TO RECIPE
Hagrid’s Rock Cakes. These looked solid enough to break a window but were nearly soft enough to float. LINK TO RECIPE
I really liked the Cockroach Clusters and Rock Cakes, but these Pumpkin Pasties were my favs. Mind, I’m a sucker for pumpkin. Very noice LINK TO RECIPE

Reusing Halloween decorations from BigW to create dementors.

LED tea lights, paper and a glue gun. Oh, and fishing line and cotton. Looked magic at night. In fact, we’ve still got them up 😀

Quidditch. Sorta. Kinda. Miss6 was the snitch.

Like every birthday, Grandma made the cake with the birthday girl. That’s a quidditch pitch. I mean, obviously.

Tracey took the girls into the studio for some fun. Lots of photos for the girls in the next couple of weeks.

Must have looked pretty authentic because this guy showed up later that night.

Raising a family on little more than laughs

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