"On top of the fridge stood tonight's pudding: a huge mound of whipped cream and sugared violets."

On 31 July, 1992, Petunia Dursley made a pudding.[1] It was destroyed by Dobby the House-elf.[2]


"The pudding fell to the floor with a heart-stopping crash. Cream splattered the windows and walls as the dish shattered."
—The pudding having been destroyed by Dobby[src]

The pudding having been smashed by Dobby

On 31 July, 1992, Petunia made this pudding for Mr and Mrs Mason.[1] Unknown to them, Dobby the house-elf came and levitated it before cancelling the charm, causing the pudding to fall to the floor and explode all over the place, to get Harry in trouble and force him to stay at 4 Privet Drive.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • American fans may be confused by the portrayal of this dessert as a cake-like confection in the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
    • In American English, pudding usually is exclusively used to mean a milk-based dessert with the consistency of a custard, while in British English, a pudding can be any number of starch or dairy based desserts, or even an informal term for the dessert course in general.
  • In the film, instead of dropping it on the floor, Dobby drops it on Mrs Mason's head. Even though it is destroyed, Mr Mason tastes it.
  • In the original version of the film it is still a pudding, however in the Danish translation it is translated as lagkage, which is the Danish translation of Torte.
  • The film version may have taken inspiration from the pudding on the cover of the 1969 Rolling Stones album Let it Bleed.



Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 1 (The Worst Birthday)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 (Dobby's Warning)
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