Protego Foundation Launches Campaign for Vegan Butterbeer at Wizarding World Theme Parks
Harry Potter fans were first introduced to butterbeer in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Since then, there have been countless recipes scattered across the Internet for readers to try at home. Then, to the delight of fans everywhere, the drink was introduced at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
However, the sweet concoction is now facing a movement by the Protego Foundation, a Potter fan group that fights for animal rights, to make a change to the essential whipped topping so that the recipe is vegan and dairy free.
The current recipe calls for the whipped topping, an essential part of the drink by licensing agreement, to be made with cow’s milk. Commercial production of dairy milk, however, requires the mother to be separated from her calves.
Actors Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis, who play Luna Lovegood and Young James Potter, respectively, have joined the Protego Foundation in this movement because, according to Jarvis, “The world of Harry Potter is all about love & kindness. Harry’s mother surrounded him with her love and it formed a protection that even Voldemort couldn’t break. [I’d be] happy to see Universal Studios’ Wizarding World honoring that message by ensuring that no mother has to be separated from her baby just so we can enjoy [b]utterbeer.”
Protego Foundation Executive Director Tylor Starr also weighed in on the matter.
The Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts stories are full of animal-friendly messages and themes, including Hermione Granger’s campaign for house-elf liberation. Warner Bros. and Universal Studios can channel their inner Hermione or Newt Scamander and help mother cows on commercial dairy farms by replacing the whipped topping on [b]utterbeer with one made from environmentally-friendly [sic] alternatives like rice milk, coconut milk, or almond milk.
To support the movement to make butterbeer vegan and dairy free, fans are asked to sign this petition and help them reach their goal of 5,000 signatures, join the “tweet storm” on June 8, and leave a comment at the parks in person through Universal Studios Guest Services.