Harry Potter conjures butter sculpture
DES MOINES, Iowa ” Sarah Pratt is a wiz with butter. Just ask her next subject, Harry Potter.
The character will get his likeness carved in the stuff and be placed in a refrigerated glass case next month at the Iowa State Fair, next to the traditional butter cow.
“The marketing department at the fair and I were looking for something that would be a timely pop-culture thing to do, and with the new movie and new book coming out, it seemed appropriate,” said Pratt, 30, a special education teacher.
She expects her dairy Potter to look more like the character depicted on the book covers than Daniel Radcliffe, who plays the boy wizard in the movies.
Visitors can expect to see Harry’s trademark glasses and scar, but Pratt said she is still deciding on a pose.
The butter cow is a state fair tradition, and it’s typically accompanied by a more topical, pop-culture-themed sculpture. Last year, Pratt crafted a butter Superman, when Iowan Brandon Routh starred in the newest version of the film.
The fifth installment in the “Harry Potter” film series, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” opened last week.
This year’s Iowa State Fair runs from Aug. 9-19.