"Tripe, Sybill?"
Minerva McGonagall in 1993[src]

Tripe is the stomach of a cow or ox, it is eaten as a dish. Tripe is also used to mean nonsense as well as the food.


Bertie Botts Every Flavoured Beans

"- you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe."
Ronald Weasley to Harry Potter[src]

Tripe is one of the many flavours in the wizarding product, Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans according to Ronald Weasley. He thinks that tripe is a disgusting flavour.[1]


In 1993, tripe was served at the Great Hall at the Staff Table. Minerva McGonagall both offered Sybill Trelawney tripe as well as using tripe as a comment on Trelawney's previous remark.[2]


"Before we start, I want your Dementor essays. And I hope for your sake they are better than the tripe I had to endure on resisting the Imperius Curse."
Severus Snape insulting the previous homework of the N.E.W.T class.[src]

In the 1996–1997 school year, Professor Snape insulted his Defence Against the Dark Arts class about their essays on resisting the Imperius Curse, calling it tripe.

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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 (The Firebolt)
  3. Harry Potter Reading Club live webchat, 11 October 2012 (source here)
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