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In honour of 20 years of Harry Potter (the first book was published on the 26th June,  1997), we’re bringing you the next in our series of food and drink pairings for the wizarding world. 

Summary: Harry’s back for his second year at Hogwarts – but why is he the only one who can hear the bloodthirsty voice echoing from the walls? A petrifying and slippery instalment from the Harry Potter universe.

The Perfect Drink: We recommend reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with a mug of lemongrass tea. It has a smooth sweetness layered with hints of mint and ginger – comforting, familiar flavours that are a natural match for an early Harry Potter. But there’s also a kick of refreshing sharpness from the lemon-and-lime citrus notes, which suits a book with undercurrents of real darkness. (Also for some reason we associate citrus with snakes? Perhaps it has something to do with the vibrant greens and yellows.)

The Perfect Snack: Food is an integral part of JK Rowling’s wizarding universe. In The Chamber of Secrets, Harry, Ron and Hermione enjoy strawberry and peanut butter ice cream from Florean Fortescue’s ice cream parlour (JK Rowling later revealed that she has always felt guilty about her decision to kill off Florean). Early in the book, Aunt Petunia creates an elaborate pudding – perhaps a trifle – covered in snowy mounds of whipped cream and sugared violets. We recommend reading The Chamber of Secrets with a generous slab of chocolate cake. Hermione uses plump chocolate cakes to conceal a sleeping draught for Crabbe and Goyle. The light, fluffy sponge and thick, fudgy chocolate frosting provide the comforting childhood flavours we associate with the first three Harry Potter books. You could infuse your icing with chilli or eat your cake with a sharp, tangy raspberry compote to complement the more sinister elements of the plot.

The Perfect Place: Like all the Harry Potter books, this is an ideal comfort read. Curl up with it on a cold winter night, open it up when you’re feeling ill or down. It’s the best form of escapism we know!

As you can see from Mary’s T-shirt, we consider ourselves proud Hufflepuffs! Let us know your Hogwarts house in the comments below.