A dragon egg

An egg is a shelled container from which the offspring of several different types of animal can hatch. It is laid by the female of the species. Eggs laid by chickens are the type most often consumed by humans. At the microscopic level, eggs also play a part in reproduction.[1]


In 1991, the Surrey milkman delivered two dozen eggs to 4 Privet Drive. Each of the eggs contained a Hogwarts acceptance letter rolled up and hidden inside it.[2]

In 1993, Marjorie Dursley insultingly described Lily Potter as a "bad egg," an idiom for a member of a family or other group that turned out badly.[3]

In 1994, the first task of the Triwizard Tournament was for each champion to claim a golden egg nestled amongst a stash of real dragon eggs and guarded by a dragon.[4]

In July 1996, a headline in The Guardian read "IVF doctors: don't rely on frozen eggs."[5]

In 1997, during the Horcrux hunt, Hermione Granger took some eggs and bread from a farmhouse to help satisfy the hunger of herself, Harry Potter and Ronald Weasley, leaving behind Muggle money as compensation.[6]

One popular way of enjoying eggs is fried. Hard-boiled is another popular choice. Fish eggs are an ingredient of Fishy Green Ale, served at wizarding pubs around London.[7]

Ovomancy was a type of divination that involved cracking open eggs and observing which way the yolks fell. It was popular with Ravenclaw students at Hogwarts.[8]

There was also a wizarding author named Mordicus Egg.[9]

Ovomancy was a branch of Divination that involved the cracking of eggs and observing the ways in which the yolks fell.[10]

Types of eggs


Notes and references

  1. WP favicon.PNG Egg on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 2 (Aunt Marge's Big Mistake)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  5. Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films (see this image)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 15 (Beauxbatons and Durmstrang)
  7. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  8. Pottermore introduction for Ravenclaws (transcription available here)
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 44 (The Perfect Party) - Divination Lesson "Ovomancy"
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