I think, over time, it has become quite clear how much I love all things Harry Potter. Sometimes, when it comes to Harry, I’m as much of a rabid fangirl as those half my age. I try not to embarrass the hubster and our boy too much with my fanaticism, though.
Over the last four days I had the luxury (seriously, it was a luxury) to read over 350 comments sharing with me your favorite Hogwarts houses and students. You guys amaze me. Really. Very, very few of the comments, I would say less than a dozen, were just “I like this house and this student.” Almost each and every one of you shared! You shared your favorite house, but you also shared why it was your favorite. You shared what made each student your favorite; the qualities they possessed that you admire. Some of you made me laugh until I cried, and some of your comments were so touching that I cried in empathy. My very favorite commentors were the ones who didn’t have a favorite house…they had THEIR house. It wasn’t, “My favorite house is…” It was, “I am IN this house…” And that is what makes Harry Potter so special, isn’t it? That’s what makes J.K. Rowling so gifted. It isn’t just that she wrote great stories that are fun to read. She touched us…her characters, her magical places resonated with so many of us in a much deeper way than just being an enjoyable story.
- 4 eggs, at room temperature
- ½ cup milk, at room temperature
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1½ cups (7 ounces) cake flour
- 1½ cups (10 ounces) sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¾ teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature