As we all know, no birthday is complete without cake as this is one of the few days in the year that intense gluttony and self-indulgence are heavily encouraged.
And naturally, when you're a high-profile author and creator of arguably one of the most detailed and magical universes ever created AND it's your birthday, you should be prepared to feast your eyes on some fantastic pieces of cake.
As many of you know, tomorrow is J.K. Rowling's birthday (and Harry Potter's too, coincidentally!) and in celebration, bakers all over the world have taken it upon themselves to recreate an edible world of Harry Potter for the big day.
In particular, one woman has joined a group of cake designers committed to the project, offering a life-sized bust of The Boy Who Lived in chocolate form:
Lara Clarke, an amateur baker from the West Midlands in England, used two kilograms of flour, butter and sugar and 15 eggs to achieve this fantastic feat.
And just look at the amount of detail she's managed to incorporate into the cake - from the scar on Harry's forehead, the perfect shade of green for his eyes and the rounded spectacles, this is probably one of the best edible Harry Potters I've ever seen (not that I've seen very many, to be fair).
Previously, Lara caused a stir by also designing a Johnny Depp cake for a baking competition:
And while her giant Jack Sparrow is also beautifully done, her Harry Potter creation swiftly joins a plethora of Wizarding World cake enthusiasts out there, preparing for J.K.'s celebrations.
Here are some examples of what magic other cake decorators are stirring up in kitchens worldwide:
1. The Flying Ford Anglia
Mr. Weasley's flying car has been put together by Alex Narramore, whose attention to detail is breathtaking!
2. The Thestral
Similarly, Corinna Maguire's thestral is fantastic, complete with a party hat and tiny present, brightening up their usually very grim and gaunt appearance. And the best bit is that you don't even have to witness death to be able to see this one!
3. Prefect Bathroom-inspired scene
A Malaysian baker called Sheryl Bito was inspired by the scene from The Goblet of Fire for her spongy creation. Isn't it stunning?
It's safe to say that all of these cakes look almost too good to eat, and I'm sure you'll agree that they are most definitely better alternatives to what Hagrid gifted Harry for his 11th birthday in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: