Just before Christmas I, husband and one grand-daughter went down to Warner Bros. at Watford to visit the studios where the Harry Potter films were made.
In fact, the visit was to redeem tickets which were last year’s Christmas presents.
We had a wonderful time, and I hope to post about it shortly, but we also bought a few souvenirs in the shop at the end. Amongst which a chocolate wand, which mysteriously ended up in my stocking, a chocolate frog, which equally strangely ended up in husband’s stocking and a box of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans, which I decided to take along as a fun ending to Christmas Dinner.
The day began well with everyone in festive spirit:
although rather sleep deprived
with six of us sitting down to a traditionally groaning board
followed by Christmas Pudding, Brandy Butter, Chocolate Log and cream, musical crackers, and then, the BBEFBs.
These were available, in the first film, on the express train to Hogwart’s, for sale from the refreshment trolly which came round.
Ron Weasley says to Harry,”You want to be careful with those. When they say ‘Every Flavour’ they mean every flavour!”
The choices apparently on offer were: Banana, Black Pepper, Blueberry, Bogey, Candyfloss, Cherry, Cinnamon, Dirt, Earthworm, Earwax, Grass, Green (Sour) Apple, Lemon, Marshmallow, Rotten Egg, Sausage, Soap, Tutti Frutti, Watermelon, and lastly, Vomit.
Now, being a dyed-in-the-wool cynic, I expected the manufacturers and salespeople to have ‘sanitised’ these flavours to make them acceptable to a wide audience.
I was wrong.
We appeared to have got very few of the nice ones and nearly all the horrible flavours, and they were, really, really, horrid.
But, oh, such FUN!!!