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"In the small vegetable patch behind Hagrid's house were a dozen of the largest pumpkins Harry had ever seen. Each was the size of a large boulder."
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A pumpkin is a gourd-like squash that grows on vines. It is cultivated for its large pulpy round orange fruit with firm orange skin, and numerous seeds.[8]


In a 1913 Defence Against the Dark Arts at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry concerning Boggarts, an unidentified student used the Boggart-Banishing Spell to change a Boggart in the form of a Zombie into having the head of a pumpkin.[9]

Talbott Winger's mother grew pumpkins in her garden.[10]

Pumpkins as candle holders were among the Hallowe'en decorations used at Hogwarts.[6] It was said that "hundreds of carved pumpkins leered from every corner" at Hallowen'en in 1994.[7]

Hagrid maintained a pumpkin patch outside his hut, which produced the pumpkins used to decorate the Great Hall for the Hallowe'en Feast. Although the plants are not inherently magical, Hagrid gave them some "help" so that the pumpkins swell to the size of garden sheds by the time the feast rolls around. Though Hagrid did not say so directly, Hermione Granger deduced that he had used an Engorgement Charm upon them.[1] The common rooms were also decorated with pumpkins at least once in the 1980s.[11]

Preceding the Hallowe'en Feast in 1988, some students volunteered to help Albus Dumbledore prepare decorations for the feast, which included carving pumpkins. Five students who carved pumpkins were Jacob's sibling, Rowan Khanna, Penny Haywood, William Weasley and Wilfred Levi Kidd.[11]

In Harry Potter's second year, these pumpkins were carved into lanterns large enough for three men to sit in and displayed during the Hogwarts Hallowe'en festivities.[12]

Buckbeak, a Hippogriff, lying amongst some pumpkins

Pumpkin tart was served at the Start-of-Term Feast in 1993.[13] Later in school year, Harry, Hermione and Ron hid behind some pumpkins in order to not be seen by Professor Dumbledore, Cornelius Fudge and the Executioner.[14] Later that same night, Harry and Hermione went back to the pumpkin patch to rescue Buckbeak.[15] In frustration, following Buckbeak's rescue, Walden Macnair used his axe to slash one of the pumpkins.[16]

In 1996, following Albus Dumbledore's escape from Hogwarts, Harry Potter heard a second year girl assuring another that Cornelius Fudge was lying in St Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries with a pumpkin for a head.[17]

The Pumpkin-Head Jinx encased the victim's head in a pumpkin;[18][19] the Pompion Potion also had this effect.[20]

Pumpkin Juice[4] and Pumpkin Pasties[3] were made from pumpkins. Pumpkin fizz was also a pumpkin-flavoured drink.[5]

The wizarding shop Pumpkins R Us specialised in pumpkins. The owner Dagbert Pips cultivated luminous pumpkins, flying pumpkins, exploding pumpkins and singing pumpkins, which were sold in the shop to wizards at Hallowe'en time. In 1999, Pips wrote to the Daily Prophet in order to express his dismay at proposed British Ministry of Magic restrictions on how wizards could celebrate Hallowe'en, saying that he had spent the last five years cultivating his magical pumpkins for a living.[21]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 7 (Mudbloods And Murmurs)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Pottermore
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  5. 5.0 5.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13 (Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 10 (Hallowe'en)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 16 (The Goblet of Fire)
  8. WP favicon.PNG Pumpkin on Wikipedia
  9. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 69
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Garden Date with Talbott
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, "Help Dumbledore with Hallowe'en!" (task available from 5 October to 8 October 2018)
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 8 (The Deathday Party)
  13. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  14. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 16 (Professor Trelawney's Prediction)
  15. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 21 (Hermione's Secret)
  16. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film)
  17. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
  19. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7
  20. LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 - NDS version
  21. Daily Prophet Newsletters: 1 October, 1999, Page 1