Thankfully, there is one way to get a taste of the Potter-verse in your day-to-day life, thanks to an unsuspecting giant corporation. For those who want a taste of wizard food but aren’t able to schlep out to Orlando or Hollywood, fans have put together a secret Harry Potter menu for Starbucks. Of course, this isn’t an official part of the chain’s menu, but rather a kind of “hack” concocted by people who know more about syrup than computers.
Also, diabetes. But, like, magical diabetes!
Because Starbucks employees are mandated to cater to whatever insane whims their customers demand, modifying drinks isn’t irregular. So if you look up the recipe online, you can go in and order, say, a Butterbeer Frappuccino, or a glass of Pumpkin Juice. And they totally have to make it for you. It’s like magic, if magic was powered by making customer service jobs even more frustrating.
Still, it’s a fun way to make going to a familiar chain into something magical. And unless you want to pretend that McNuggets are made of Thestral meat, it’s really your best option at this point.
Moe’s Tavern From The Simpsons Exists In Argentina
If porn parodies have taught us anything, it’s that The Simpsons would be a brain-melting nightmare in real life, but that hasn’t stopped some from attempting to import parts of Springfield into our world. We’ve previously talked about how Simpsons fandom in Spain led to Homer-themed donut shops and the legally-in-the-clear “Krasty Burger.” Apparently, Argentina didn’t want to be left out of the copyright-infringing fun, because Moe’s Tavern totally popped up in the suburbs of Buenos Aires.
Originally, the idea was to take an old rundown mechanic’s shop and turn it into a bar. And if you’re building a bar from scratch anyway, why not make it a famous cartoon bar?
This version of Moe looks like he’s way more into CrossFit, though.
Even the interior was supposed to evoke Homer’s favorite watering hole. Unfortunately, it turns out that Fox is a bit of a stickler for intellectual property rights, and they put the kibosh on the project. They probably should have gone the Krasty Burger route and called it Toe’s Mavern or something. So now there’s just a Moe’s Tavern-shaped house in the ‘burbs for basically no reason.
This isn’t even the first time someone used bootleg Simpsons merch in order to get fans loaded. Counterfeit versions of Homer’s beer of choice, Duff, have been circulating in numerous South American countries for years. There was even a Duff beer festival featuring a performance from “the beautiful Duff girls”.
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