In each of the seven Harry Potter books, J.K. Rowling treats us to a glimpse of Harry’s Christmas holiday. And, let’s face it, as Hogwarts is one of the best literary locations ever, Hogwarts at Christmas time is really something special. Of course that’s not to say that Harry’s Christmases are always idyllic. And what better way to get into the Christmas spirit than by diving into the holidays with Harry?
My first Holidays at Hogwarts right alongside Harry had a fantastic description by Rowling:
“The hall looked spectacular. Festoons of holly and mistletoe hung all around the walls, and no less than twelve towering Christmas trees stood around the room, some sparkling with tiny icicles, some glittering with hundreds of candles.”
If that doesn’t put you in the mood to decorate your own halls, I’m not sure what will.
For the boy who lived, who never had a Christmas dinner to speak of, the Hogwarts’ feast was enough to make his eyes bulge.
“A hundred fat, roast turkeys; mountains of roast and boiled potatoes; platters of chipolatas; tureens of buttered peas, silver boats of thick rich gravy and cranberry sauce—and stacks of wizard crackers every few feet along the table.”
All of that said, it’s no surprise Harry deems it his “best Christmas day ever.”
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