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January in Harry Potter History......
9th - Severus Snape born
4th - Harry begins having
nightmares about his parents' death.
5th - Hogwarts Express back to school
6th - start of term
Hermione spends the entire month
in the hospital recovering from being partially transfigured into a cat
by the Polyjuice Potion.
3rd - Hogwarts Express back to school
4th - start of term
3rd - start of term
6th - Lupin starts teaching
Harry to do the Patronus Charm
13th - anti-dementor lessons
15th - Quidditch match: Slytherin
narrowly defeats Ravenclaw
4th - Rita's article about
Hagrid appears in the Daily Prophet. Prof. Grubbly-Plank takes over
Care of Magical Creatures (unicorns)
16th - Hogsmeade visit: The
trio see Krum diving into lake. They have a run-in with Rita at the
Three Broomsticks. Dumbledore and the trio convince Hagrid
to return to work.
21st - Harry takes egg for
a bath, works out clue with Myrtle's help. The Marauders' Map shows
Crouch in Snape's office; Harry runs into Filch, Snape, and Moody on the
22nd - Harry writes to Sirius
by brown owl about previous night's events.
Harry researches underwater breathing.
11th - Snape tells Harry
he'll be teaching him Occlumency
12th - Harry, Hermione and the Weasleys return to Hogwarts on the Knight Bus,
escorted by Tonks and Lupin
13th - Harry's first Occlumency
lesson with Snape. Ten Death Eaters escape from Azkaban.
Broderick Bode strangled by Devil's Snare. Harry has a surge of happiness
making him realize something Voldemort wanted has happened.
14th - The Daily Prophet reports
Death Eaters' escape and Bode's death. Hagrid tells the
trio he's on probation. He has more injuries.
15th - Educational Decree
#26 appears in school (teachers not allowed to give information beyond
Harry dreaming almost every night
about Dept. of Mysteries corridor
5th - Students return to
Hogwarts, Harry talks with Hermione about Snape
6th - Apparition lessons notice
posted. Harry has his third lesson with Dumbledore: they watch Morfin
tell Voldemort about his family, we see Slughorn's altered memory of Riddle
and Horcruxes and Dumbledore gives Harry the task of getting the full memory.
7th - Harry asks Slughorn
about Horcruxes and memory after Potions class.
entire month - (Indeed the entire winter) Harry, Ron, and Hermione travel the countryside in their tent.
1- Verne Troyer: Griphook (1969)
4- Jim Norton: Mr. Mason (1938)
9 - Severus Snape (1960 - d. May 2, 1998)
9- Imelda Staunton: Dolores Umbridge (1956)
22- John Hurt: Mr. Ollivander (1940)
23- Mackenzie Jean Rowling Murray (2005)
24- Terence Bayler: Bloody Baron (1930)
27- Richard Bremmer: voice of Voldemort (1953)
28- Lee Ingleby: Stan Shunpike (1976)
30 - Lily Potter (1960 -d. Oct. 31, 1981)
June 19-21, 2008: Convention Alley 2 - Ottawa, Ontario Canada
July 10-13, 2008: Portus 2008, Hilton Anatole in Dallas, Texas
July 25-27, 2008: Accio 2008, Magdalen College, Oxford UK
August 7-11, 2008: Terminus sponsored by Narrate Conferences, Inc.- Chicago, Illinois USA
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince film will be released in theaters
November 20 – Germany, Netherlands
November 21 – Brazil, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Turkey, UK, USA
November 26 – Belgium, France
November 27 - Australia
November 28 - Bulgaria, Poland, Russia, Spain
December 6 - Japan
June 26-29, 2009: Sectus 2009, Bodelwyddan Castle, Wales
July 23-26, 2009: “Level Two 2009”, San Jose, California
July 15-18, 2010: Infinitus 2010 at “Wizarding
World of Harry Potter Theme Park", Universal Studios,
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows film to be released in theaters
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Mrs. Weasley's homemade mince pies, along with a knit jumper were among Harry's Christmas gifts each year, (PA11, GF23, OP23) and were also fare at Slughorn's party (HBP15).
450gg (16oz) Mincemeat
340g (12oz) Rich Shortcrust Pastry
1 Egg White
Pre-heat the oven to 190°C: 375°F: Gas 5.
Rich Shortcrust Pastry
Thinly roll out half of the pastry and use to line small tartlet tins.
Fill with mincemeat to half to three quarters of the depth.
Thinly roll out the remaining pastry, cut into rounds as lids for the pies.
Dampen the edges of the lids and press edges lightly together to form a seal.
Brush with egg white and sprinkle with caster sugar and make a small slit in the top to allow steam to escape.
Bake for 20 minutes or until lightly golden brown.
Serve hot with cream or brandy butter or cool on a wire rack and serve cold, dusted with icing sugar.
225g (8oz) Flour
110g (4oz) Butter
25g (1oz) Caster Sugar
2 Egg Yolks
½ tsp Salt
1 tbsp Water
Sieve the flour, sugar and salt together into a bowl.
Cut the butter into 1.5cm (½ inch) cubes and rub lightly into flour, lifting the mixture to add air, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Mix the egg yolks and water together in a separate bowl.
Make a well in the middle of the mixture and stir in the egg yolks using a knife, until a soft but not sticky pastry is formed.
Cover tightly and allow to rest in a fridge for 15 - 30 minutes.
Roll out to the required thickness.
At this stage the pastry may be frozen if required.
It should be baked in a preheated oven at between 190°C: 375°F: Gas 5 or 220°C: 425°F: Gas 7 depending on thickness and use.
Makes: 3.2kg (7lb)
675g (1½lb) Cooking Apples
450g (1lb) Seedless Raisins
450g (1lb) Sultanas
450g (1lb) Shredded Suet
450g (1lb) Soft Brown Sugar
350g (12oz) Currants
225g (8oz) Candied Peel
50g (2oz) Flaked Almonds
4 tbsp Brandy or Rum
½ tsp Ground Mixed Spice
Peel and core the apples.
Coarsely mince the apples, raisins, sultanas, currants and candied peel.
Place into a bowl and add the chopped suet, sugar, almonds, mixed spice with the juice and grated rind of the lemons, mix thoroughly.
Cover with a cloth and leave in a cool dark place for 2 - 3 days, stirring the mixture 3 - 4 times a day.
Mix in the brandy or rum before potting, pot and seal as jam.
This recipe is reprinted with permission from The Foody UK
& Ireland website.
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