For some people, Halloween is only a few months away and is something to look forward to. For a slightly smaller but no less enthusiastic group, the excitement lies less than a month after Halloween on November 19th. At midnight on this day, several ecstatic kids, young adults (the O.G. fans) and even some older members of society will all gather at their local movie theater to see Part I of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – the first part of the last book in the Harry Potter series. This is a great way to celebrate this Halloween or even on the eve of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I premiere if you are a fan of Harry Potter.
If you are a big fan of Harry Potter, feel free to read on. If you only watch the films, SPOILER ALERT: reading on may spoil the last film for you!
I am a die-hard Harry Potter fan. Reading the books since the age of 9, I have literally grown up reading the series and watching the films. Now, at age 21, the films seem to be coming to a bittersweet end right along with my childhood. Although my cake art leaves something to be desired, I hope that this delicious baked treat idea will add some much needed fun and joy to a most beloved series, holiday and soon to be the end of a book series and film legacy.
I think this is a delicious treat for any Harry Potter themed Halloween party or as a great treat before heading off to the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I premiere. I used basic yellow cake mix that I purchased at Stater Brothers; any cake mix will do though. Just make sure you love the flavor of cake that you decide on!
I chose to use Betty Crocker’s Hershey dark chocolate frosting as the last of the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is a dark one and, of course, because chocolate is delicious! I then used gel icing in green and black from Cake Mate to create 7 Horcrux decorations with the gel icing on each of 7 cupcakes. They are really a bit pathetic as I’m not the best cake artist and this gel icing is difficult for detail use. I recommend purchasing the detail gel icing from Michaels or any other local craft store because the quality is better. So if you’re a perfectionist, opt for a craft icing brand.
If you’re not a Harry Potter fan, this same treat idea can be applied to anything you like, any other series or show for Halloween or to traditional Halloween designs i.e. pumpkins, ghosts and witches. Any of those would work really well and be a lot of fun for adults and kids alike. Below are photos of the cupcakes and the meaning of each design.
Voldemort’s Seven Horcruxes
Each of these seven horcruxes, created by murder, holds a small piece of Voldemort’s soul. Top from the left to right: Lightning Bolt represents Harry Potter himself, the Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, the Gaunt ring with the sign of the Hallows on it, and Nagini Voldemort’s snake. Bottom from the left to right: the Slytherin locket, Tom Riddle’s diary, and lastly, the Hufflepuff cup.
Go ahead and laugh. I did. This was really fun to create, but obviously, LOL, the design was not what I had imagined. I hope you can do better than me. This is supposed to be Tom Marvolo Riddle’s diary. The same one destroyed in book #2 or film #2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
This is representation of Hufflepuff’s cup, stolen from Hepzibah Smith along with Slytherin’s locket.
This is representation of Slytherin’s Locket, also taken by Tom Riddle (Voldemort) from Hepzibah Smith.
Owned by the Grandfather of Tom Riddle (Voldemort), Marvolo Gaunt, this ring was taken by Tom Riddle (Voldemort). He killed them and took the ring.
The Lost Diadem of Ravenclaw, originally owned by Rowena Ravenclaw, was stolen by her daughter Helena, was hidden in Albania so her mother could never find it. Charmed by Tom Riddle (Voldemort) who she told of the diadem’s location, Tom Riddle then traveled to Albania where he transformed this priceless Ravenclaw heirloom into a horcrux. He then hid the horcrux within Hogwarts in the Room of Requirement.
The origin of where Nagini came from is unknown, but the significance to the snake loved by Voldemort is in his ability to speak parseltongue. This is the ability to communicate with snakes.
The lightning bolt represents the Boy Who Lived and the scar that has so defined much of his life. Many have guest and the last book and film confirm it: Harry Potter is the last horcrux. Unintentionally created by Voldemort the night Harry Potter’s parents were murdered. Even Voldemort does not know Harry Potter holds a piece of his soul within himself.
Any ideas what happened after I beautifully designed all of these lovely cupcakes?
This is what was left!
I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.