Ilvermorny Cranberry Pie | Pottermore

“The robes of Ilvermorny are blue and cranberry. The colours honour Isolt and James: blue because it was Isolt’s favourite colour and because she had wished to be in Ravenclaw house as a child; cranberry in honour of James’s love of cranberry pie.”


Ready for Fantastic Beasts in November? I hope you've read up on the back history of magic in North America on Pottermore! Inspired by James' love of cranberry pie, we made this recipe. Super simple to make, it'll be perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas!

If you’re wondering what Ilvermorny is, I’ll just wait here for you, while you pop over to Pottermore and read up on the history of the North American witchcraft school.

I had originally wanted to put the Ilvermorny crest on the pie (and I did attempt it!), but there was too much detail for it to look pretty in the end. So instead I turned back to Pottermore for some more inspiration and settled on this quote.

“The only other object that Isolt took with her was a gold brooch in the shape of a Gordian Knot that had once belonged to her mother.”

Now, a Gordian Knot can mean different things. In some cases, it’s more of a ball shaped knot, or it can be a Celtic design like this. We’ve naturally gone for the Celtic version.


Ilvermorny Cranberry Pie | Pottermore

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  • Author: Bryton Taylor @ Food in Literature


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  • 2 cups of cranberries, fresh or frozen
  • 1 1/4 cup of water
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 sheet of frozen shortcrust pastry
  • prebaked pie crust
  • melted butter


  1. If frozen, let cranberries defrost.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add together the cranberries and water.
  3. Cook ~5-10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the white sugar.
  5. Bring to a boil and let cook for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Remove from stove and press through a sieve using the back of a spoon.
  7. Set aside to cool.
  8. Scoop into pie crust, and cover edges with foil to keep from burning.
  9. Place the Gordian Knot design on top, brush the pastry (only the unbaked part) with melted butter and place in oven until golden brown.

Gordian Knot

  1. In one corner of the pastry, take a drinking glass (or large circle cookie cutter) and press out a circle.
  2. Take clean kitchen scissors and cut around the circle, leaving 1-2 cm circular dough.
  3. Cut strips of dough, the same width as the dough you cut for circle (1-2 cm).
  4. Gently fold in half to find the middle.
  5. Shape into a flat triangle.
  6. Repeat with other dough strips.
  7. Follow an image of a gordian knot and pinch dough together to piece it all together.


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  1. thats a triquetra and its a christian symbol, it has nothing to do with harry potter and shouldnt be used as such

    1. Thanks Zachary for your comment. Is it a triquetra and while it is used in Christianity, the symbol is actually far older than Christianity itself. It’s a symbol that’s been found in many cultures around the world and has multiple meanings. In terms of Harry Potter, I believe it may have been borrowed for its Celtic origins. If you’re interested in the history, there are some really interesting articles on this symbol!

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