Professor McGonagall: "Is it true that you shouted at Professor Umbridge?"
Harry Potter: "Yes. "
Professor McGonagall: "You called her a liar?"
Harry Potter: "Yes."
Professor McGonagall: "You told her He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named is back?"
Harry Potter: "Yes."
Professor McGonagall: "Have a biscuit, Potter."
— Minerva McGonagall offering Harry Potter a Ginger Newt[src]

A Ginger Newt was a type of biscuit in the Wizarding world, taking the shape of a newt. Professor Minerva McGonagall, during her days as professor of Transfiguration at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was known to keep these in a tin in her office.


In 1995, Minerva McGonagall offered a Ginger Newt biscuit to Harry Potter after hearing that he had shouted at Dolores Umbridge and called her a liar for denying that Lord Voldemort had returned.[1]

Later in 1995 when McGonagall scolded Harry Potter and George Weasley for their fight with Malfoy on the Quidditch pitch, she slammed her fist on her desk so hard that the tin of Ginger Newts fell on the floor and spilled everywhere.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • Ginger Newts appear to be a parody of real life British biscuits, Ginger Nuts.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 19 (The Lion and the Serpent)
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