Wizards share one very important trait with Muggles: their unbridled love of food. We’ve delved deep into all seven Harry Potter books and documented some of our fondest foody moments. Prepare to feel very, very hungry.
Hogwarts Christmas feasts
Everything ever mentioned to be included in an iconic Hogwarts Christmas dinner. Oh, to be a fly on the wall in that Great Hall.
- Platters of fat chipolatas
- Silver boats of cranberry sauce
- Mountains of potatoes
- Fat roast turkeys
- Silver boats of gravy
- Tureens of buttered peas
- Flaming Christmas puddings
Beware: magic within
Wizards can sometimes be a little more ‘creative’ with food and drink for their own gains.
- Hermione’s Sleeping Draught-filled chocolate cakes
- Mr Weasley’s Firewhisky-infused tea
- Fred and George’s hexed custard creams
- Draco’s poisoned oak-matured mead
- Romilda Vane’s lovely Chocolate Cauldrons
- Hepzibah Smith’s deadly cup of cocoa
Some of our favourit times Harry Potter characters absolutely stuffed themselves. We’re looking at you, Ron.
- Dudley lolling around eating ice creams while Harry cleans
- Hermione’s mouth bulging with sprouts
- Ron eyeing up eclairs after breakfast
- Harry’s belt can't handle three helpings of rhubarb crumble and custard
- Winky gorging on Butterbeer
- Fred eats an entire soup roll whole
Sometimes even the best cooks need a bit of magical inspiration in the kitchen.
- Flitwick sets an exam to make a pineapple dance
- A platter of sandwiches magically refills in Snape’s office
- Hagrid’s pumpkins swell to the size of garden sheds
- Fred and George bewitch a cauldron of stew and flagon of Butterbeer to hurtle through the air
- Two model phoenixes take flight from Bill and Fleur’s wedding cake
- Ron causes a dinner plate to mutate into a large mushroom during an exam
Harry’s secret stash
During the dark days of Dudley’s diet, Harry's friends made sure he didn’t starve to death, sending him a bountiful stash.
- Hermione’s sugar-free snacks
- Mrs Weasley’s assorted pasties
- A sack full of Hagrid’s home-made rock cakes
- Mrs Weasley’s fruitcake
- Four superb birthday cakes from Ron, Hermione, Hagrid and Sirius
Delicious treats dubbed in the books as Harry's ‘favourites’.
- Droobles best blowing gum
- Bertie Bott’s every-flavour beans
- Treacle tart
- Chocolate frogs
- Fizzing Whizzbees
Sirius’s secret stash
Poor Sirius was forced to live on scraps swiped from Hogwarts (and the odd rat) during his time as an escaped Azkaban convict.
- A dozen cakes
- Some fruit
- A flask of pumpkin juice
- A loaf of bread
- A dozen chicken legs
- A large ham
Where do you think Harry and co. encounter the most food during the books? We’ve accumulated all the locations to find out.
- Hogwarts, The Great Hall: 74 (food items)
- Grimmauld Place: 13
- Hagrid’s Hut: 9
- Privet Drive: 11
- The Burrow: 21
Sickly sweets and unsavoury savouries
Just because it’s the wizarding world doesn’t mean all food is magically delicious. Here are some dishes that were decidedly not.
- Hagrid’s stoat sandwiches
- Hagrid’s ‘beef’ casserole
- Stale bread and mouldy cheese in Kreacher’s nest
- Fudge flies
- Blood-flavouried lollipops
- Earwax Every-Flavour Bean
- Cockroach Clusters
Death day party food
- Rotten fish
- Maggoty haggis
- Burnt cake
- Fungus-covered peanuts
- Mouldy slab of cheese
Oh what a terrible time to be alive during the desolate days of Dudley’s diet. Here is the positively shocking menu:
- Vegetables and ‘rabbit food’
- Grated celery
- Grapefruit quarters
- Wilted salad
- Carrot sticks
- Cottage cheese
- Fizzy drinks
- Chocolate bars
The definitive data for every mention of food across the Harry Potter books. And we mean every mention. From similes, to smells, to slightly foody words, here is the final tally.
- Philosopher’s Stone: 178
- Chamber of Secrets: 134
- Prisoner of Azkaban: 214
- Goblet of Fire: 360
- Order of the Phoenix: 312
- Half-Blood Prince: 248
- Deathly Hallows: 205