"When everyone had eaten as much as they could, the remains of the food faded from the plates, leaving them sparkling clean as before. A moment later the desserts appeared. Blocks of ice cream in every flavour you could think of, apple pies, treacle tarts, chocolate eclairs and jam doughnuts, trifle, strawberries, jelly, rice pudding…"

Jelly is a dessert made with sweetened gelatine, and was served at both the Welcoming Feast of 1991 and 1996.[1]

Behind the scenes

In the U.S. edition, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, "jelly" is instead referred to as "Jell-O," which is a brand name for a specific type of gelatin marketed by the U.S.-based Kraft Foods. Though the term has passed into somewhat generic usage in the U.S. and Canada, it is not in common usage in Great Britain.[2] The term "jelly," however, would likely have confused U.S. readers, as in the United States it is normally used to refer to a fruit spread (that doesn't have any fruit pieces, peel, or the like, only the juice) for spreading on sandwiches that in Great Britain is most commonly referred to as "jam" whether or not it has any of those pieces in them.


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