In the dénouement of “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, Gellert Grindelwald provokes Seraphina Picquery with a whisper, “Do you think you can hold me?” . In the upcoming installment, Grindelwald will make “a dramatic escape” to evade justice, and continue to attract followers and fanatics to his dark cause on an international stage. Producer David Heyman confirmed that the second film in the series “almost entirely takes place in Paris”, much to the delight of Francophiles and wide-eyed fans, desperate for any shred of new material from the Wizarding World.
As big fans of having desserts as appetizers, Savanah and I always have confections on our minds. We had been mulling over which treats inspired by the Wizarding World would be worth making. Then it hit us like a murtlap to the face: French macarons.
If you’ve never had a traditional French macaron, it is a cookie sandwich with a unique texture: crispy eggshell-like top, ruffled feet, with a slightly chewy interior. They’re meringue-based, usually made with egg, sugar, and almond flour.These two-bite treats come in a variety of flavors, and can be dyed virtually any color. Macarons were brought to France in the 16th century, but the modern iteration we tend to think of was popularized in the last 150 years by famous restaurant and patisserie Ladurée.
Whether you are attending a soirée or just binge watching the Harry Potter series at home all weekend, these fantastic beast macarons not only look but taste magical.
Native to Britain, nifflers are rodent-like creatures, characterized by their coats of soft, black fur, long snouts, and belly pouch. This pouch can hoard enormous quantities of gold and other shiny objects inside, similar to what we’ve seen of Hermione Granger’s Undetectable Extension charmed bag in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Nifflers are generally considered harmless, with a classification of XXX, but should not be set loose indoors, as they have been known to cause chaos in the pursuit of treasure.
Moving from Europe to the Far East, witches and wizards enter the territory of the demiguise. These animals are ape-like, with silky hair. Demiguises also possess precognitive sight. Their eyes turning blue when foreseeing future events. The Demiguise's ability to turn invisible makes it very hard to catch, even for a trained eye like Newt Scamander. It is for this reason that they are classified as XXXX, and are otherwise very peaceful creatures.
We know what the fwooper looks like, as JK Rowling included her own illustration in the Scholastic Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. This African bird has variations in plumage, sometimes displaying feathers in orange, yellow, lime green, or pink, as we witnessed in Newt’s case from the first “Fantastic Beasts” film. They are classified as XXX by the ministry of magic, as the bird’s song will drive listeners insane. A silencing charm must be cast regularly to render them mute.
If you aren’t paying close attention, this last beast might zip right past you. A tiny, sapphire blue insect native to Australia, the billywig is extremely fast and is rarely even noticed in flight. Wizards only spot the insect once they’ve been stung, and their stings result in a victim suffering “giddiness, followed by levitation”. Savanah and I both believe that the billywig deserves higher than its rating of XXX on the Ministry of Magic’s classification chart. Getting stung by a magical bee and floating away into the sky sounds downright terrifying.
Even without a Ministry of Magic ruling, we can confirm that these Fantastic Beast macarons are completely harmless to wizards and no-majs alike. Download the printable here, and bon appétit!