"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."

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.[4]


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.[5]

Pumpkins as candle holders are among the Hallowe'en decorations used at Hogwarts.[1] It was said that "hundreds of carved pumpkins leered from every corner" at Hallowen'en 1994.[3]

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 gives 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.[2] The common rooms were also decorated with pumpkins at least once in the 1980s.[6]

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 a Gryffindor boy.[7]

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.[8]

Buckbeak, a Hippogriff, lying amongst some pumpkins

Pumpkin tart was served at the Start-of-Term Feast in 1993.[9] 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.[10] Later that same night, Harry and Hermione went back to the pumpkin patch to rescue Buckbeak.[11] In frustration, following Buckbeak's rescue, Walden Macnair used his axe to slash one of the pumpkins.[12]

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.[13]

The jinx Melofors encases the victim's head in a pumpkin;[14][15] the Pompion Potion also has this effect.[16]

Pumpkin Juice and Pumpkin Pasties are made from pumpkins. Pumpkin fizz is a pumpkin-flavoured sweet.

The shop Pumpkins R Us specialises in pumpkins.[17]


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