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Let's Rank: Favorite Fandom Feasts

Written by: Marcus Munoz 

What would you say your favorite food for Thanksgiving is? Could it be the sizzling buzz from Flying Cauldron Butterbeer or the mesmerizing decadence of natural growing Toffee-apple trees? Either way, we're sure whether you're with friends, family, or hanging out by yourself you have a fave feast. So, as an appetizer, here is our ranking of the BEST in Fandom Feasts in movies and television.

1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)

Was there ever any doubt that Harry Potter and his first year at Hogwarts would make the top spot? That frosh week feast was incredible! From what we can see, there are dollops of fresh mash, a rack of lamb, fried chicken, and endless amounts of CARBS. Part of what makes this scene so special is that Professor Dumbledore speaks but a couple of words and the room is LIT (literally) with ambiance, food, and laughter. And truly, what more could you ask for when celebrating with friends and family. 

2. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971/2005)

Candy has never shown in such a whimsical and tasty way before Willy Wonka. Watching Wonka tour the kids through his private candy forest will always make you mouth water. From the free-flowing chocolate waterfall to the giant Toffee-apple trees, Wonka and his factory is almost too much to bear. Not to mention, you would have to watch out for the three-course meal gum because unless you're a fan of blueberry pie, you might be in for a big surprise. 

3. Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

The Pale Man in all his glory makes his second return on Let’s Rank with the feast to end all feasts. After finding a hidden passage to a fantastical realm, our protagonist Ophelia sees herself face to “face” with a decrepit sagging figure sitting idle at the dining table full of tasty goodies. Those goodies include a fresh ham roast, berry tarts and fresh fruit. With that said, we can't blame her for wanting to take a bite... even after her fairy friends warn her. But seriously, after all the things she could have tried she chose a grape?! Weak. 

4. Jurassic World (2015)

Ranked higher on the list due to the sheer chaos and variety, Jurassic World  "ups the anty" and shows us what life would be like if Dinosaurs still existed in a theme park island... with actual human attendees. So yes, a lot of meaty food options for omnivores and carnivores. Yikes. I don't think any dinosaur in the history of the Jurassic universe has had a better opportunity than this to really chow down. 

5. Hansel & Gretel (2020)

Here's a story that has been remade in mainstream media a 1000x over. Sadly, in this new 2020 iteration, the witch doesn't have a candy-walled house. Instead, there's a mid-century modern home that looks like a prison decorated with West Elm furniture and delicately manicured food. The supply of delicious pies, warm gravy, and roast beef is tempting for sure but isn't anyone curious as to where she is getting all that daily and fruit from? Especially weird considering her land looks to be as dry as summers in Arizona. 

6. The Platform (2019)

Unless you’re on floors 1-10, you do not want to attend The Platform's idea of a dinner party. Locked inside a tower, a would-be university graduate is confined in a prison-like facility where the only things moving in there is your shady rooming situation and alternating food and fecal matter. Yes, fecal matter. The Platform aims at showing humanity's worst impulses through greed and fear of starvation - truly, not what Thanksgiving is about. So be thankful you're not stuck on The Platform fighting off inmates for the last crumb of someone else's leftover Surf and Turf. 

7. Spirited Away (2001)

Noted for the very colorful and iconic culinary scenes in his creations, Hayao Miyazaki brought to life many iconic and tasty moments in Spirited Away. Moments like the No-Face feast to the spread of savory treats Chihiro's parents chow down on immediately come to mind. Truly, who could ever pass up on onigiri (rice balls), ishi-yaki-imo (roasted sweet potatoes), and ikameshi (rice-stuffed squid). Unfortunately, the consequence of eating the feast meant for the spirits is that Chihiro's parents turned into pigs. Go figure. 

8. Lady & The Tramp (1955)

If Lady & The Tramp's alleyway romance and live accordion music are any example, stuffing your face to bottomless spaghetti and meatballs can be romantic. The iconic canine pair share an intimate moment where they lock snouts when sharing one of the spaghetti strings. Sure we're not sure how cute that would be with another human but you're welcome to try. What's important on Thanksgiving is the act of being with the ones you love, sharing, and being thankful. Seriously, is there anything cuter than when Tramp gave the last meatball to Lady?