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"He had stopped noticing the fantastic cloud shapes now and was thinking longingly of the train miles below, where you could buy ice-cold pumpkin juice from a trolley pushed by a plump witch."
Harry Potter dreaming about drinking pumpkin juice whilst travelling in the Flying Ford Anglia[src]

Pumpkin juice was a wizarding beverage made from pumpkins. Manufactured since 1837 by London Pumpkins & Sons,[1] it was extremely popular in the wizarding world, particularly among the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

Pumpkin juice was usually served iced and it was available on the Hogwarts Express.[3] In addition, it was drunk on any occasion, such as for breakfast, lunch, feasts, and other special events.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10] Pumpkin juice was also an ingredient in the experimental potion Stamina Game.[11]

History

Pumpkin juice was readily available in both the United States of America and Great Britain throughout the 20th century. Sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein kept pumpkin juice at their New York apartment in 1926.[12]

In France, pumpkin juice, or "jus de citrouille", was available by 1927.[13]

In Great Britain, pumpkin juice could be purchased on the Hogwarts Express,[3] and was included with meals at Hogwarts in the Great Hall.[3][4][5][8][14][9][10]

While flying to Hogwarts in the Flying Ford Anglia with Ron Weasley on 1 September 1992, Harry Potter ate too much toffee and began to fantasise about drinking "ice-cold pumpkin juice" from the Hogwarts Express trolley. When they crashed the car into the Whomping Willow, McGonagall made sandwiches and pumpkin juice appear on Snape's desk in his office.[3] Later that year, after Harry Potter had injured himself during a game of Quidditch and ended up in the Hospital Wing as a result, his friends brought him various sweet treats, including bottles of pumpkin juice.[15]

In 1995, Severus Snape threatened to put some Veritaserum in Harry Potter's evening pumpkin juice to get the truth when he thought he was stealing Polyjuice Potion ingredients.[16] However, it was actually Bartemius Crouch Junior, disguised as Alastor Moody with Polyjuice Potion, getting ingredients to keep his identity a secret.[17] This explained why Bartemius Crouch Junior, disguised as Alastor Moody with Polyjuice Potion, had ignored his flagon of pumpkin juice at the first-night feast and drank from a flask instead[5] — he wasn't just afraid of being poisoned like the real Moody would of, but needed to keep drinking the potion.[17]

On 1 September 1994, during the Start-of-Term Feast for the 1994–1995 school year at Hogwarts, Hermione Granger spilled her pumpkin juice when she found out there were over one hundred house-elves living and working Hogwarts, yet she had never seen one.[5] In 1995, she also spat out a mouthful of pumpkin juice in the Great Hall when she read a slanderous article published in the Daily Prophet about Harry Potter, written by Rita Skeeter.[7]

In late 1994, bottles of pumpkin juice, among other treats, was served up at a party in the Gryffindor Common Room for Harry Potter, in order to congratulate his impressive performance in the first task of the Triwizard Tournament.[6]

In early 1995, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley took a flask of pumpkin juice, among other food items, to Sirius Black, who has hiding out secretly in a Cave near Hogsmeade. During their visit, he drained the flask, showing his thirst.[16]

Dolores Umbridge offered Harry Potter pumpkin juice in 1996 when she wanted to secretly administer Veritaserum to him, but he chose tea instead.[18]

Harry Potter pretended to put the potion Felix Felicis into Ron Weasley's pumpkin juice at breakfast to give him confidence for a Quidditch match with Slytherin in sixth year, and it worked. They ended up winning the match for Gryffindor.[10]

Pumpkin juice was among the various beverages served at the Wedding of William Weasley and Fleur Delacour in 1997.[19] Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour also served pumpkin juice to individuals keeping refuge at their home Shell Cottage in 1998.[20][21]

Behind the scenes

  • It seems to have taken on the same role that orange juice has in the Muggle world, though orange juice is often consumed in the wizarding world as well.
  • Mugglenet.com has a page with a pumpkin juice recipe that you can make at home.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter Wizard's CollectionLabel Collection book (see this image)
  2. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 21 (The House-Elf Liberation Front)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 31 (The Third Task)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 11 (The Sorting Hat's New Song)
  9. 9.0 9.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 18 (Dumbledore's Army)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14 (Felix Felicis)
  11. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
  12. The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, page 34
  13. The Archive of Magic: The Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (see this image)
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 14 (Percy and Padfoot)
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
  16. 16.0 16.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 35 (Veritaserum)
  18. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  19. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 8 (The Wedding)
  20. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 25 (Shell Cottage)
  21. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 26 (Gringotts)
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