The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

No Hogwarts Feast is complete without a hearty, juicy beef roast after a day full of magical learning. This recipe is simple yet delicious!

Before trying this recipe, I had never eaten a beef roast made in this way. Growing up, we didn’t eat a lot of beef because my mom refuses (the bloodiness grosses her out). When I wanted to make a roast dinner as the main meal for one of our monthly Harry Potter Club get-togethers, I had to do some searching online.

Harry’s mouth fell open. The dishes in front of him were now piled with food. He had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table: roast beef, roast chicken, pork chops and lamb chops, sausages, bacon and steak, boiled potatoes, roast potatoes, fries, Yorkshire pudding, peas, carrots, gravy, ketchup, and, for some strange reason, peppermint humbugs.
-Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

“Must be nice,” Ron said abruptly, when they had sat down and started serving themselves roast beef and Yorkshire puddings.
-Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner
Hogwarts Castle at Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Orlando, FL

Of course, as with anything, there are many variations of the same recipe. Some required cooking all day long, and that just wasn’t going to happen in the Houston heat. Others were over-complicated in their prep, especially for someone who’s never worked with this meat before except throwing it in the slow cooker. Then I found this recipe, and it looked easy enough.

The original recipe suggests choosing a cut of meat with a layer of fat on it, but I can’t stand fat on meat when I cook or eat, so I got the leanest one I could find. Of course, with rump roast, there aren’t any that are super-lean, so it still had a decent amount of fat to give the meat flavor.

Step by Step

The day before you want to make this roast, put the meat in the refrigerator to thaw. Then one hour before cooking, remove the meat from the refrigerator and set it out on the counter, covered, to let it come to room temperature. This will help the meat cook more evenly if it’s thawed the same amount throughout the entire cut. Sprinkle some salt on the meat while it sets.

Preheat the oven to 375F. Uncover the roast and pat it dry, then use a sharp knife to make a few slits in the meat. Slice the garlic cloves into a few pieces and stick those into the slits in the meat.

The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

Rub the meat with olive oil and season with some salt and pepper.

Place the entire thing on the middle oven rack with a pan below to catch the drippings. This is the first time I’ve ever cooked anything on the rack directly. I even cook my pizza on a stone. Start the roast at 375F for the first 30 minutes to brown the outside, then lower the heat to 225F and cook another 1.5-2.5 hours. You want the meat to reach an internal temperature of 135F.

The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

Take the roast out of the oven and place on a cutting board and form a tent with a piece of aluminum foil to keep it warm while the roast rests for 20-30 minutes. You may want to keep it in something with sides as well since it will lose some of its juices. This made a mess on the countertop when it was only on a cutting board.

The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

Thinly slice to roast and serve warm!

The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

Also, does anyone else notice that the top of the roast, with the garlic slices how they are, looks a bit like the Monster Book of Monsters???


The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

Roast Dinner

No Hogwarts Feast is complete without a hearty, juicy beef roast after a day full of magical learning. This recipe is simple yet delicious!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Resting Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: beef, garlic, Harry Potter
Servings: 8
5 from 1 vote


  • 3 lbs rump roast (boneless)
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic (sliced in half or thirds)
  • 1 tsp pepper


  • Thaw roast in the refrigerator the night before cooking
  • Remove from the refrigerator to come to room temperature for about one hour before cooking
  • Rub 2 tsp of salt on the roast while it sits covered
  • Preheat the oven to 375F
  • Make small slits in the roast and insert pieces of the sliced garlic in each slit
  • Rub the meat with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper
  • Place the roast directly on the middle oven rack with a pan underneath to catch the drippings
  • Bake for 30 minutes at 375F then lower the temperature to 225F
  • Bake another 1.5-2.5 hours, until the internal temperature reaches 135F
  • Remove from the oven and place on a jellyroll pan
  • Make a tent out of aluminum foil to cover the roast and let it rest for 20-30 minutes
  • Cut into thin slices to serve
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Nutrition Facts
Roast Dinner
Amount Per Serving
Calories 255 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 967mg40%
Potassium 584mg17%
Protein 37g74%
Vitamin C 0.3mg0%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 3.5mg19%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner

14 thoughts on “The Welcoming Feast Roast Dinner”

  1. Yay more Harry Potter inspired recipes! As a vegan myself I will most likely not make this but I know some of my family members will appreciate this 🙂

  2. YOU ARE IN A HARRY POTTER CLUB! I want to be your best friend… seriously. That roast is beautiful and my pregnant belly wants to eat it ASAP

  3. We’ve never prepared roast this way either. Interesting! And it looks delicious. How do I join your HP club??!! That sounds like a lot of fun.

  4. oh my gosh, you quoted Harry Potter! As a kid, I would dream to be a part of those feasts! I want to be a part of this Harry Potter club it sounds like so much fun!
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, I feel closer to being a part of a real feast now 🙂

  5. This is adorable! Love how you recreated the meal. Harry Potter World in Orlando is the coolest place ever! And this meal looks incredible!

  6. That garlic has my mouth watering. I love love love garlic, and it’s really good for you too. My husband would probably love me forever if I made this. I’ll have to give it a try one weekday or better yet on a weekend.

  7. Stephanie Cruz

    How is it possible for one to read this, look at that mouth watering dish and not feel hungry… and love that it looks so easy to make too!

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