"The four long House tables were laden with tureens of porridge, plates of kippers, mountains of toast and dishes of eggs and bacon..."
—The Great Hall in 1992[src]

A kipper is a salt-cured dried fish (usually a herring), that is served at the Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[1] Ronald Weasley once gagged on a kipper.[2]

Kipper was sometimes served as part of regular meals. In February 1995, after Hermione Granger aggravated the Hogwarts house-elves, Ronald Weasley worried that it would put them off their cooking, but the next morning "the bacon, eggs, and kippers were quite as good as usual."[3]

When Ron caught sight of his brother Percy on the morning of the Funeral of Albus Dumbledore, he stabbed some pieces of kipper with unwonted venom.[4]

Behind the scenes

  • Kipper is a reasonably popular dish in Great Britain, but may be entirely unfamiliar to some U.S. readers, as it is not typically consumed there.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)
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