Harry Potter fans have a reason to rejoice this week and that’s because they don’t have to buy a ticket to Orlando or Los Angeles to sample the franchise’s famed butterbeer. In fact, new reports indicate that Yuengling Brewery is debuting their new butterbeer ice cream this week. Yet, they might be hit with a huge lawsuit in the meantime, too.
‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling created the non-alcoholic fictional drink in her novels. Reports say that even though Harry Potter fans are excited to get their hands on their new ice cream flavor, Yuengling apparently failed to secure their legal right to market the ice cream. What’s more, Warner Bros. secured all the rights and produced ‘Harry Potter’ movies which means they might go after Yuengling for selling their butterbeer ice cream.
Yet, Yuengling President David Yuengling explained to TMZ that his company filed the necessary documents to trademark his new ice cream flavor several months ago. He’s also confident that he’ll win approval, despite the fact that Warner Bros. owns all the rights to the ‘Harry Potter’ franchise along with the other movies the company produces.
Harry Potter fans can sip on butterbeer at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme parks in both Universal Studios Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood. Various butterbeer recipes can also be found online.
In the meantime, Harry Potter fans are still excited about the sweet treat. Yuengling says their latest flavor combines buttercream and butterscotch and is “the result is magical decadence that will transport you to another place and time.”
Despite the controversy, though, David Yuengling says J.K. Rowling will be proud with the flavor. So far Rowling herself has not made any comments about the ordeal. Tell us, what do you think of the controversy? In the meantime, are you excited to see butterbeer ice cream at your favorite grocery chain story near you? Do you think this will pave the way for more butterbeer products in the near future?
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