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Chocolate Frogs, a popular wizarding chocolate

Sweets or confectionery[1] are sugary confections including chocolate that were very popular in the Muggle and the wizarding world. In the wizarding world, they can have magical properties.[2]

Overview

While sweets and chocolate in the Muggle world can be bought by witches and wizards, including sherbet lemons,[3] the wizarding world has a selection of their own sweets and chocolate that can be enchanted to be less ordinary. Confections can even be jinxed or hexed, a speciality of Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, a joke shop. Their confectionary offerings include Canary Creams and Ton-Tongue Toffees, as well as the Skiving Snackbox, a collection of treats which may be self-administered to delay or avoid some unpleasant task, such as an examination.[4]

History

In 1981, Minerva McGonagall watched Dudley Dursley crying and shouting at Petunia Dursley, demanding sweets.[5]

In September 1991, Harry Potter was taking the Hogwarts Express when the lunch cart full of food and drink arrived at the compartment he and Ronald Weasley had been sitting in. Having never had money to buy sweets at the Dursleys, he decided to buy everything they had to offer. He and Ron soon started cluttering the compartment in sweets and wrappers and couldn't eat everything by the time they arrived at Hogwarts, so they stuffed their pockets with whatever sweets they still had.[2]

Throughout the school year, Draco Malfoy's mother sent him plenty of sweets every day through owl delivery which he gloated about.[6] At Christmas time, Harry was sent plenty of sweets including a box of Chocolate Frogs.[7]

When he was in the Hospital Wing at the end of the school year, Harry was given lots of sweets and the table was piled high and looked like a sweet shop. When Professor Dumbledore wanted to speak to Harry, he told Harry that they had better start eating the sweets and opened a box of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. The Professor revealed that he had lost his taste for them after eating a vomit flavoured one in his youth, but decided to try a golden brown one, believing it to be toffee. Unfortunately the bean turned out to be earwax flavoured. Madam Pomfrey later tidied up the sweet boxes.[8]

In October 1992, Harry spent a few days in the Hospital Wing and was sent boxes of sweets again.[9] In October 1993, Harry was introduced to an abundance of new sweets which Ron and Hermione Granger bought him in Honeydukes.[10] In December, Harry snuck into Honeydukes and they bought a bunch of products. Zonko's sold sugary products including Hiccup Sweets too.[11]

When the Weasley family visited 4 Privet Drive to pick up Harry for the 1994 Quidditch World Cup, Fred Weasley deliberately dropped a Ton-Tongue Toffee which Dudley Dursley ate, making his tongue grow uncontrollably. The Weasley twins were aware of Dudley's bullying Harry and wanted to get back at him. The twins later attempted to sneak some toffees into the Cup but their mother's Summoning Charm confiscated them.[12][13]

In the summer of 1995, Fred and George Weasley began developing a new kind of sweet, Puking Pastilles in the early stages of what would be their shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.[14] In 1996, at the very end of the school year, students of Hogwarts sat outside in the sunshine eating sweets.[15]

In the summer of 1996, Horace Slughorn was getting deliveries including baskets of sweets, causing Harry to wonder how the Death Eaters hadn’t tracked Slughorn down through the delivery.[16] One of Slughorn's favourite sweets was Crystallised Pineapple. Tom Riddle may have taken advantage of his weakness for it to gain information about Horcruxs.[17][18]

Known sweets and chocolate

Wizarding world

Confection Notes
Acid Pops Lollipop that can burn a hole in the tongue. Could be purchased at Honeydukes.[11]
Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans Jelly beans that have a variety of flavours, including pleasant flavours like Chocolate or strawberry, and unpleasant ones such as liver or tripe.[2]
Blood-flavoured lollipop Could be found in the "Unusual Tastes" section of Honeydukes, and potentially only appealed to vampires.[11]
Cauldron Cake A kind of chocolate cake.[2]
Chocolate Frog A piece of dark or white chocolate in the shape of frog, found in a box containing a collectible card.[2]
Cockroach Clusters Cockroaches in the shape of peanuts.
Canary Cream A joke product by Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. It was like a custard cream, but when eaten, they transfigure the eater into a large canary. Within a minute, the person will moult their feathers and turn back to their normal appearance.[19]
Crystallised Pineapple Pineapple cooked in a sugar syrup.[17]
Drooble's Best Blowing Gum Had a crazyberry flavour. It could produce bubbles that don't pop for days and was "guaranteed never to lose its flavour".
Exploding bonbons Exploded when eaten, though they probably did not cause injury.[11]
Fainting Fancies Caused a person to faint within seconds, while the other side of the sweet needed to be eaten to wake up. It was joke product found in a Skiving Snackbox by Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes.[4]
Fever Fudge A joke product found in a Skiving Snackbox that caused the eater to get a high fever within seconds of eating it.[4]
Fudge Flies A kind of wizarding chocolate.[20]
Fizzing Whizzbees Large sherbet balls that caused the eater to float a few inches off the ground.[11]
Ice Mice Caused the eater's teeth to "chatter and squeak".[11]
Jelly Slug A gummy sweet that was shaped like a slugs.[11]
Nosebleed Nougat A Skiving Snackbox product that had two sweets, an orange and purple one. Eating the orange sweet would cause the eater's nose to bleed heavily within seconds of eating it, while the purple sweet would stop it.[4]
Liquorice Wand A liquorice shaped like a wand.[2]
Sugar Quill A delicate, spun-sugar sweet that looked like quills. Students liked to suck on the sweet in class.[11]
Peppermint Toad Hopped in the stomach when eaten.[11]
Puking Pastille Sweets developed by Fred and George Weasley to induce vomiting, in order for students to skive off lessons.[21]
Pumpkin Pasty A pastry filled with pumpkin.[2]
Sound-producing sweets These magical sweets allowed the consumer to produce various noises after swallowing them, such as the sound of a monkey, lion, elephant and train engine.[22]
Ton-Tongue Toffee Toffees that were enchanted with the Engorgement Charm by Fred and George Weasley to make the tongue of whoever sucked on them to enlarge massively.[12] Part of their Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product range.[13]
Toothflossing Stringmints Splintery sweets which flossed the teeth.[11]

Behind the scenes

  • Sweets and chocolate based on products in the Harry Potter series can be purchased through a variety of shops and official exhibitions including The Making of Harry Potter studio tour at their shop, and The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
  • Dumbledore mentions losing his taste for Every flavour beans "in his youth"; though as the sweet was created in the mid 20th century, it must have been as an adult teaching at Hogwarts. However, given Dumbledore's age at the time he made this statement, "youth" may have been a relative description.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter Shop
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  6. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 9 (The Midnight Duel)
  7. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 12 (The Mirror of Erised)
  8. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  9. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 8 (Flight of the Fat Lady)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 11.8 11.9 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  12. 12.0 12.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 4 (Back to The Burrow)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 5 (Weasley's Wizard Wheezes)
  14. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
  15. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
  16. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 4 (Horace Slughorn)
  17. 17.0 17.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
  18. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 23 (Horcruxes)
  19. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 21 (The House-Elf Liberation Front)
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 14 (Snape's Grudge)
  21. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
  22. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) - Chapter 8 (Welcome and Warning)
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