Throughout the Harry Potter books, the kids have been drinking butterbeer. I’ve been assuming it’s something like root beer; it has no alcohol in it. In chapter 3 of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, however, Dumbledore serves mead to Harry and Dudley. In that same chapter it states that both boys are 16 years old. I’ve never heard of a non-alcoholic mead before, so that would be quite illegal in the U.S. A conviction for providing alcohol to a minor is serious.
Is this legal in England? Can you serve alcohol to 16-year-olds?