"Fred gave me one when I was seven, it burnt a hole right through my tongue."
Ron Weasley[src]

Acid Pops were one of the sweets sold by Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. They may have been similar to the Muggle lollipops, but like most Honeydukes' fare, they have an unconventional, magical twist wherein they were able to burn a hole in the tongue.[1]

History

An Acid Pop

"Acid Pops" was also a password used to gain entrance to Albus Dumbledore's office at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry while Harry was at school. Dumbledore informed Harry of this via a note which included the clue "P.S... I enjoy Acid Pops."[2]

Ron once mentioned that when he was seven, his brother, Fred Weasley, gave him one and it burned a hole straight through his tongue. His mother then spanked Fred with her broom.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Hasbro used to sell Acid Pops as novelty sweets.[3]
  • Given that they can burn a hole through the tongue, Acid Pops would seem to be extremely dangerous and extremely painful to eat - why it is sold despite such a high risk of injury remains a mystery, although a possible explanation would be that the injuries caused by an Acid Pop are easily healed by magic means, since Ron's tongue damage was apparently healed without any complications or after effects, making the Acid Pops a sort of a "magic extreme sport of the tongue".
  • The concept of an acidic sweet is a reference to the fact that sourness is caused by low-strength acids. Thus, like "every flavour beans", they are a muggle sweet, in this case sour sweets, taken to a magical extreme. This also explains why the real-life acid pops are sour sweets.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  3. Harry Potter Acid Pops
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