In honor of Earth Day, The Protego Foundation is proud to present "Wizards for Environmental Protection,” or W.F.E.P.
This two-month campaign is focused on what we can do to live compassionately and in a more eco-friendly manner to respect animals, the planet, and our fellow human beings (magical and non-magical alike)!
Every creature on earth, from tiny Bowtruckles to mighty dragons, are impacted by our everyday decisions.
Natural treasures like the Black Lake and the Forbidden Forest are worth all the gold in Gringotts, yet they’re facing threats from all angles. There are no spells that can reverse the effects of climate change or make pollution disappear. These fantastic natural habitats won’t last forever, especially if we don’t change our behavior on a large scale.
This is why it’s so important to realize that your individual impact is a powerful force that you can harness to help! Your actions matter and can make a world of difference for our planet and its inhabitants.
When you think about vegan food, seafood isn’t exactly what first comes to mind.
Is it possible to make vegan fish? And perhaps an even better question-- does it taste good?!
With an increasing awareness about the plight fish face and the destructiveness of commercial fishing, there’s no better time to look to vegan and vegetarian food for plant-based alternatives.
Today, as part of our Wizards For Environmental Protection (W.F.E.P.) recipe series, we’re joined by none other than the brilliant Triwizard Tournament Champion and all-around standout witch, Fleur (Delacour) Weasley!
She’s been kind enough to share her famous bouillabaisse recipe, one she inherited from her beloved “grandmuzzer!”
This traditional Southern France dish is a stew that’s often made from at least five different types of fish and shellfish and served with garlic croutons and rouille. But, with so many animal-free alternatives like salty sheets of nori, dulse seaweed, savory miso paste, and plant-based proteins like tempeh and jackfruit, it’s a cinch to make vegan bouillabaisse!
Scabbers is having a rough go of it at the beginning of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. After the Weasley family’s trip to Egypt, Ron’s hand-me-down rat companion is looking shabbier than ever. He’s growing thin, losing his fur, and often trembling with fear.
Of course, it’s revealed that the “common garden rat” is none other than Death Eater Peter Pettigrew in Animagus form... who is (rightfully) shaking in his furry little rat feet over the imminent return of his wrongfully imprisoned ex-best friend, Sirius Black.
But that’s not the point.
The point is, today is World Rat Day!
We’re taking a moment today to celebrate these clever, curious, and affectionate critters and to set the record straight on companion rats. These oft-misunderstood creatures are typically depicted as dirty, vicious, and foul-tempered. Even in the Harry Potter books, rats aren’t held in the same respect as the majestic owls, courageous cats, and loving canine characters like Hedwig, Crookshanks, and Fang.
March 20th is MeatOut! This date marks the first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere and the 36th observance of what’s known as the “largest grassroots diet education campaign.” It’s a day that asks wonderful people like you to make kinder choices for animals and the planet and to go meat-free for the day, in the hopes that they’ll continue to make compassionate, plant-based choices!
To celebrate, we’re bringing you ten recipes from our favorite boy wizard’s second year at Hogwarts, found within Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Read on to unlock the secrets of how to make some of the most iconic recipes from the wizarding world deliciously vegan!
It might even inspire you to pick up a Muggle fellytone and ring up your pandemic pod of friends to hop on Zoom and cook some of these recipes together while chatting about all things Potter.
If you’ve been to any of The Protego Foundation’s Book Club meetings, you know that some of our favorite characters in the Potter books are the Boy Who Lived’s feathered, high flying owl friends.
Hedwig, Hermes, Errol, Pigwidgeon, and countless unnamed Hogwarts school owls appear throughout the seven-book series, and they always seem to leave a big impression. Especially Hedwig, who is known for her feisty and sassy personality!
But as much as we love all of the owls in the wizarding world, the one thing we don’t love is the treatment of owls by the magical community at large. Witches and wizards rely on these majestic creatures to deliver their post, and when they’re not “in use,” they’re often confined to cages. Unlike Kneazles, Crups, and Puffskeins (magical creatures comparable to cats, dogs, and hamsters), owls are not domesticated.
We are thrilled to announce that Warner Bros. has confirmed that no live owls will ever make an appearance at any live productions licensed by them going forward. This includes all Universal Parks and Resorts “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” locations, including Orlando, Hollywood, Osaka, and the forthcoming park in Beijing!
Happy World Wildlife Day, magical friends! Whether you’re an aspiring Magizoologist or are simply a creature enthusiast, we could all take a moment today to celebrate the natural world around us. 2021’s World Wildlife Day theme is “Forests and Livelihoods: Sustaining People and Planet.” Every Potterhead knows just how important the Forbidden Forest is in the entire Harry Potter series. The dense woodland on the edge of the Hogwarts grounds is home to herds of unicorns and Thestrals, Acromantula colonies, and a sprawling centaur camp. Luna Lovegood and Hagrid are famous for their frequent visits into the forest and the love and respect they show to its fantastic creature inhabitants. Newt Scamander is also well-known for his focus on protecting magical creatures and their habitats.
But they’re not the only wizarding world denizens known for their passion for nature. We’re proud to present to you the very first featured actress in our new Witch Weekly’s Most Inspiring Activist Award series, Alison Sudol!
In honor of National Love Your Companion Animal Day, we’re proud to bring you ten of our favorite companion animals and creatures from the wizarding world.
If you’ve joined any of our Harry Potter book club discussions, you know we love all the magical (and non-magical) creatures in the wizarding world! From fluffy Crookshanks to feisty Buckbeak, today we’re celebrating the creatures who bring so much life, love, and spirit to the books.
Note that Scabbers did not make the list, as Peter Pettigrew is an Animagus and a straight up terrible human being, so he’s not technically a magical animal or creature.