It's no secret that I love Harry Potter; after all, I did name my baby Phoenix. I didn't read the books when I was young, and it wasn't until I met my husband when I was 30 that I watched and fell in love with the movies, after which, I read through the whole series in a few months.
I never get tired of the movies, and even though we have them on DVD, any time I'm flipping channels and one happens to be playing, I have to tune in to that channel, even if it's just to listen to in the background. I think that the Sorcerer's Stone and the Half-Blood Prince are my favorites (although their escape from and subsequent rescue of the captive dragon from Gringotts in The Deathly Hallows tops my list of favorite scenes), and even after seeing them dozens of times, I still tear up every time Harry gazes out the window of his bedroom his first night in the castle and feels happy and at home for the first time in his life.
It always seems to be Christmas, too, in Harry Potter world, which makes me adore the stories even more. And because my husband knows me so well, for Christmas he gave me this, The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook. There are so many tempting, from-scratch English recipes for foods that were featured throughout the books, and they're accompanied by fun little quotes or excerpts from that particular chapter, which remind me again of just how much more detail the books contain that the movies don't.
One recipe that stood out to me right away, and was the first one we tried, was for Rhubarb Crumble with Custard...