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Fred and George pull a wizard cracker

A Christmas cracker (the wizarding variation also known as Wizard Cracker) is a party favour given out at Christmas in the United Kingdom, as well as in other Commonwealth countries like Australia, Canada, and New Zealand.

Crackers consist of a cardboard tube wrapped in festive paper that is twisted at either end like a sweet wrapper. Inside of the tube are prizes, and, in order to get them out, two people each hold one end of the cracker and pull it apart. The split is accompanied by a bang (from which the name cracker is derived).[1]

Muggle vs. wizard crackers

Muggle crackers contain several items — typically a paper hat, a plastic toy, and a slip of paper with a joke printed on it — and produce a small bang because a thin strip of chemically-infused cardboard is torn in half when the cracker is pulled apart.[1]

Wizard crackers, in contrast, go off with a bang as loud as a cannon blast, enveloping everyone nearby in a cloud of blue smoke. They contain the same hat, gift, and joke as the Muggle variety, but the hats are real and the gifts are extremely unique, even peculiar.[2]

One brand of wizard crackers is Cribbages Wizarding Crackers.[3]

Wizard crackers at Hogwarts

Wizard crackers were given out at the Christmas Feast every year at Hogwarts .[2][4][3] A stack of them was placed every few feet along each of the tables in the Great Hall.[2]

Known prizes



See also

Behind the scenes

Green Wizard Cracker

A Wizard Cracker thrown by Malfoy


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Christmas cracker" at Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 2.9 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 (The Firebolt)
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