"When everyone had eaten as much as they could, the remains of the food faded from the plates, leaving them sparkling clean as before. A moment later the desserts appeared. Blocks of ice cream in every flavour you could think of, apple pies, treacle tarts, chocolate eclairs and jam doughnuts, trifle, strawberries, jelly, rice pudding…"

Trifle is a dessert consisting of cake (plain/sponge) soaked in spirits, and topped with alternating layers of jam, jelly, or custard, and whipped cream.


On 2 December, 1926, it was reported in the final sunset edition of The New York Ghost that a house elf had been imprisoned in a trifle poisoning scandal.[1]

Trifle was served as a dessert at the Welcoming Feast in 1991.[2]

Trifle was also served in Christmas in 1992. Harry and Ron waited for Crabbe and Goyle in the Great Hall while they were shovelling down four helpings of trifle before Harry and Ron gave them two plump chocolate cakes with Sleeping Draught in order to take a piece of hair from Crabbe and Goyle for their operation of making the Polyjuice Potion.[3] Harry and Ron themselves ate trifle at the feast at the end of the year, getting knocked face-first into their plates of it when Rubeus Hagrid cuffed them on the shoulders.

Trifle was also enjoyed following Christmas lunch by Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Sirius Black, Mundungus Fletcher and the Weasley family in 1995.[4]


Notes and references

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  2. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 23 (Christmas on the Closed Ward)
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