Butterbeer and Broomsticks

Elsa Lantz

Staff Writer

elsakl@goshen.edu

Last Friday night, Java Junction became Goshen’s Hogsmeade, bringing a favorite literary beverage to students straight from the pages of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” novels.

One of the Harry Potter movies was shown, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” a favorite fourth installment of the eight-movie series. The Java Junction management team, which includes seniors Brian Sutter, Bryan Palmer, Alaina Weldy, and juniors Chris Moon and Preston Carr initiated and planned this event.

The main feature of the Harry Potter night, besides the movie, was the Butterbeer. As the series gained popularity a recipe was created to imitate what the drink would taste like in reality.

The recipe Java Junction used consisted of butterscotch syrup, cream soda, and ice cream. Mary O’Connell, a first year student, said the drink “was really good and tasted like a milkshake,” while Roxy Gehring said the drink “kind of tasted like eggnog.”

Aside from the Butterbeer and the movie, there were no other special Harry Potter decorations or games. The night was advertised as showing the last two Harry Potter movies, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” parts one and two. However, due to a miscommunication, it was realized that there was no access to those two movies. Instead, the fourth movie, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” was shown.

Carter McKay-Epp, a first-year, described it as “a very low-key event to provide a distraction for students waiting for October break. Everybody there seemed content with silently watching these movies and enjoying each other’s company as Potter fans.”

Talking to students around campus, it seemed that there was disappointment with the event not starting on time, although they all agreed that the Butterbeer was good.

As for the future, these Java Junction-planned events will probably not be monthly, but “we will have events in the future. They have yet to be determined at this point, but they will happen,” Nussbaum said.

Keep an eye out for any other events that Java Junction might be putting on in the future.

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