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  • Writer's pictureCatherine Murton

Harry Potter Dinner - Mad-Eye Moody Meatballs and Gillyweed Pasta

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

I recently shared our recipe for a Butterbeer Milkshake! Today, I'm going to share another fun Harry Potter dinner idea that pairs perfectly with the fourth Harry Potter book or movie, Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire.

If you've read the book or watched the movie, you know that the Goblet of Fire is the one with the Triwizard Tournament and features a new character - Alaster Moody. He is also known as Mad-Eye Moody because he has a magical eye that can rotate 360 degrees and see through anything, including invisibility cloaks!

Gillyweed is a magical plant that when eaten gives you gills and allows you to breathe underwater. It also creates webbing between your fingers and toes which comes in handy for swimming. In case you haven't read the book yet, I don't want to give any spoilers, but Gillyweed makes its debut in this book.

So, for this themed movie night dinner, I served Mad-Eye Moody Meatballs and Gillyweed Pasta! Of course, there was also a butterbeer milkshake on the side and a chocolate frog for dessert.

Harry Potter Inspired dinner for Goblet of Fire book and movie

Harry Potter Dinner

Mad-Eye Moody Meatballs


Frozen meatballs

mozzarella cheese, sliced, cut into circles

canned olives, sliced

small round cookie cutter or shot glass for cutting the cheese circles

  1. Bake your meatballs as directed on the package in the oven or pan.

  2. While your meatballs are baking, lay out your sliced cheese on a cutting board, and use a small round cookie cutter or shot glass to press into the cheese, creating small circle shapes.

  3. Once your meatballs are cooked, place the small circle of cheese on top of each meatball and finish it off with a slice of olive to create an eyeball look.

  4. I placed my meatballs back in the oven on broil for a minute (while watching it), to make sure my cheese melted a little bit and adhered to the meatball, but kept its shape and didn't melt off.

  5. Now you have Mad-Eye Moody Meatballs!

  6. Set your meatballs aside while you finish your Gillyweed Pasta and then you can plate it together.

Pesto pasta with eyeball meatballs on top

eyeball meatballs on a fork

Gillyweed Pasta


pesto, jarred or homemade

angel hair pasta, or spaghetti noodles looks best and can be called mermaid hair pasta for fun

  1. Cook your pasta as directed on the package and drain well

  2. Add the pasta back into the pot and top with pesto sauce, stir to combine, and warm through

Now, you can serve your Harry Potter-inspired meal!

Dip up some Gillyweed Pasta and top it with a few Mad-Eye Moody Meatballs and enjoy!

Butterbear, gillyweed pasta, and mad-eye moody meatballs

harry potter themed dinner idea with pasta, meatballs, and butterbeer

Do you throw themed movie nights at your house? If so, what other movies should I create themed dinners for?


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