Harry Potter Series · Rowling

Happy 524th Deathday, Sir Nicholas!

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The smell was quite disgusting. Large, rotten fish were laid on handsome silver platters; cakes, burned charcoal black, were heaped on salvers; there was a great maggoty haggis, a slab of cheese covered in furry green mould and, in pride of place, an enormous grey cake in the shape of a tombstone, with tar-like icing forming the words, Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, died 31st October, 1492. (Book 2: UK 102, US 133)

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Sir Nicholas de Mimsy Porpington’s Deathday Menu

Halloween 2016 marked Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington (lol, that name)’s 524th Deathday, and we wanted to celebrate in style! We decided to recreate Nearly Headless Nick’s 500th Deathday feast, which featured …

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Fish, laid on handsome silver platters (we opted for poached salmon).
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Cakes (Jenne found us a recipe for very cozy spiced tea cakes).
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Slabs of cheese (appropriately moldy).
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But don’t worry; we also got cheese we could actually consume. Appropriately English cheese.

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An enormous grey cake in the shape of a tombstone. (Although it turned out to be dry and not terribly tasty, it certainly looked very impressive.)
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Peanuts for nibbles.
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And for those who were brave enough to try it, haggis (spoiler: haggis is every bit as disgusting as you’d expect it to be.)
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Just for funsies, we also had cheese fondue, because it’s delicious and looks v. cauldrony, and mulled wine with skull apples in it.
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Guests were asked to dress up in Harry Potter garb or as their favorite ghost!
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Jenne as the Tongue-Tying Curse Dumbledore, a.k.a. old Dusty.
Moaning Myrtle
P.S. You can get a toilet seat for about $7 at Home Depot if you need a cheap and impressive Moaning Myrtle costume prop.
Did it measure up?
Yes! Even the dishes that didn’t turn out super-tasty added to the authenticity of the feast — after all, there was nothing edible at Nick’s 500th Deathday.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. London: Bloomsbury, 1997.

Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1999.

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