Harry Potter-inspired fangroup The Protego Foundation is spearheading a campaign calling for Universal Studios’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter signature Butterbeer drink to be made vegan. Butterbeer, a cream soda-like drink, is currently topped with a dairy-based whipped topping that cannot be left off the drink due to licensing agreements with the Harry Potter franchise owner Warner Bros. The campaign has garnered support from former Harry Potter actors Evanna Lynch and Robbie Jarvis, who played Luna Lovegood and young James Potter in the films, and who now co-host vegan podcast The Chickpeeps. “The world of Harry Potter is all about love and kindness,” Jarvis told VegNews. “[I’d be] happy to see Universal Studios’ Wizarding World honoring that message by ensuring that no mother has to be separated from her baby just so we can enjoy Butterbeer.” The Protego Foundation encourages park attendees to leave a comment with Guest Services at the park and hopes to gather at least 5,000 petition signatures calling for vegan butterbeer to be added to the menu at Warner Bros.’ Wizarding World of Harry Potter locations globally. “I genuinely can’t imagine a lovelier day out than going to The Wizarding World to enjoy a butterbeer with my vegan friends,” Lynch said. “I will be first in line when that day comes.”
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