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hello muggles. and hello all you witches and wizards hiding in plain sight [I know who you are]

so this happened...

Needs more bangs...

Needs more bangs...

Things got pret-tay crazy over here on Halloween... 

We all wanted [were forced] to dress up as Harry Potter characters. Obviously, I chose [was ordered to be] Harry, my sister-in-law came as Hermione, and Wiff was Cho Chang. 

Can you tell the difference?

Can you tell the difference?

"Who's Cho Chang?" you ask?

She's the spitting image [Asian] lookalike of my wife. That's who.

And she happens to be Potter's [we're on a last name basis] love interest at one point in the books.

I think? I don't know... I didn't read them all. But we both play the same position in Quidditch. So that counts for something. 

I noticed none of you asked who my dog dressed up as. Probably because she was clearly Malfoy.

"But she's so sweet...How could she play such a mean character?"

Everyone's got a dark side...


One character you probably DO know is Hermione Granger.

Sister-in-law pulled off quite the Hermione impression as well. 

Even down to the wand, which was custom made at Ollivanders [Amazon].



You can't have a Harry Potter party without Harry Potter cocktails [he was kind of a boozer] so I threw together some that I think he would have loved. [Not sure exactly why I'm speaking of him in the past tense. What is my intuition telling me?]

Most of the Butterbeer recipes out there are...terrible. They're disgustingly sweet and creamy, and that's coming from a guy who loves White Russians. 

So I crafted - one doesn't "make" a cocktail, they craft - what I think is a solid Butterbeer cocktail. After a few even Snape would be smiling. [Cut me some slack; I don't have a ton of HP references at the ready.]

Note: it's still a little sweet, but not cloyingly so. Great for an after dinner drink.

Suck it, Hogsmeade.

Suck it, Hogsmeade.

Polyjuice Potion

WAY better than a smoothie...

WAY better than a smoothie...

We had our whiskey-based cocktail in the Butterbeer, but we needed something for gin. I cast a discernment spell and came up with Polyjuice Potion.

The cocktail illuminiati among you will see that this is a riff on the Last Word cocktail, a household favorite - so much so we named our web design company after it...

Unlike the REAL Polyjuice potion, you won't need a piece of the person you're trying to transfigure into. But slam a few of these and you may have the confidence of He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named.

Dolores Umbridge

This is an ode to my absolute favorite High Inquisitor of Hogwarts [I didn't know that was a title until 1 minute ago...] and by "ode" I mean it was a spur-of-the-moment "WE NEED SOMETHING PINK IN THE PICTURE" cocktail. 

And it turned out to be absolutely fantastic.

Give it a shot and let me know what you think in the comments below.

5 at 5

If you're new to The Weekly, and haven't had a look around the website, allow me to direct you to an incredible but humble corner of my site called 5 @ 5.

My wife and I make videos of ourselves chitchatting [never just chatting] about various topics or nothing. They've received numerous web awards for being "inventively hysterical" and "endlessly entertaining". [To the people who've been here a while, don't say anything, mmmkay?]

The SIRvey

I have a crazy idea to write a cookbook for guys and I created a survey to gather a few data points for my research. If you'd be so kind as to loan me 30 seconds of your time [I'll get ya back at some point] I'd appreciate your help. Note: this is open to both men and women.