Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Food at Harry Potter's World

Sometimes, when we read Harry Potter, we read about food that Harry, Ron, or Hermione eat. We imagine, how ridiculous foods they eat. They eat food that can bite back, or make a hole in the tongue. Sometimes, when we read it, we feel like to try it too. To treat your curiosity, I'm going to write about Food at Harry's World. Enjoy it like you enjoy those food! :D


1. Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans

Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour. The inventor of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of "a risk with every mouthful!"

There are ordinary flavours like chocolate, peppermint, and marmalade, but also less fanciable ones like spinach, liver, and tripe. There are also flavours that are not actual foods, like grass, farm dirt, vomit, earwax, paper and bogeys.

In 1992, while Harry is in the hospital wing, he offered one to Professor Dumbledore. Dumbledore told him that he had been unfortunate enough to have come across a vomit flavour one in the past and since that occasion he had not cared for them. In spite of this, he decided to give them another chance and carefully selected a golden brown-coloured one that he assumed would be toffee-flavoured, but alas it was an earwax-flavoured bean.

They are a popular treat at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and can be bought off the lunch trolley on the Hogwarts Express and in Honeydukes and are usually sent as a gift to someone ill in the hospital wing. They come in bags or small, striped boxes.

2. Chocolate Frog

Chocolate Frogs are a popular confection that are sold through all the Wizarding world. They are packaged with collectible cards portraying famous wizards and witches. Many of the pupils at Hogwarts collect and swap these cards. The frogs are made of seventy percent Croakoa. Presumably, this substance is what allows them to act like an actual frog.

When Harry Potter was in the Hogwarts infirmary after his skirmish with Professor Quirrell and Voldemort in 1992, he received many treats from his admirers. Whilst Harry was unconscious, someone consumed all of the chocolate frogs. During his bedside visit, Dumbledore posited that Ron Weasley had done it, so Harry could have the cards without going to the trouble of eating the frogs.

Hermione gave Harry a large box of Chocolate Frogs for Christmas his first year. Hagrid gave Harry Chocolate Frogs for Christmas in his fourth year. Ron got Chocolate Frogs for Christmas in his fifth year and in the Hospital Wing after he was injured in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries .

The Chocolate Frog collectible cards played an important role in Harry,Ron, and Hermione's first year at Hogwarts, as Dumbledore's card enabled them to ascertain the identity of Nicolas Flamel.

Some notable cards are: Albus Dumbledore, Morgan le Fay, Ptolemy, Circe, Paracelsus, Merlin, Cliodne, Hengist of Woodcroft, Alberic Grunnion, and Agrippa.

Later on, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger were placed on Chocolate Frog cards for their efforts in defeating Lord Voldemort. Both Ron Weasley and Albus Dumbledore considered being put on Chocolate Frog cards as their proudest moment.

3. Drooble's Best Blowing Gum

Drooble's Best Blowing Gum is sold at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade and on the food trolley for two Sickles. It is also sold at Sugarplum's Sweets Shop in Diagon Alley for four sickles. It is a brand of chewing gum that allows the consumer to blow bluebell-coloured bubbles, which will not pop for days. It was described as "never to lose its flavor".

4. Pumpkin Pasties

Harry Potter tried them for the first time on the Hogwarts Express, at the start of his first year. He bought some of everything off the food trolley, and then shared his food with Ron Weasley. In 1994, Cho Chang ordered two from the food trolley.

5. Liquorice Wand

Liquorice Wand is a magical sweet that is presumably shaped like a wand. They are sold on the on the Hogwarts Express food trolley and at Honeydukes in Hogsmeade.

6. Cauldron Cake

Cauldron Cakes are a popular cake variant manufactured by Qizilbash Quality Confectionary. It is a cauldron-shaped confection with chocolate on the outside and a golden or violet filling. They can be bought on the Hogwarts Express food trolley or at Honeydukes Sweetshop in Hogsmeade. Some witches and wizards, like Bathilda Bagshot, make their own homemade batches of Cauldron Cakes.

7. Jelly Slug

Jelly Slugs are a treat found at Honeydukes Sweetshop. They are gummy candies that look like slugs. Obviously they are a very popular sweet because Harry overheard one of the staff saying that they were out and needed to get some more. Jelly Slugs are also sold at the Hogwarts Express food trolley.

8. Pumpkin Juice

Pumpkin juice is a cold drink favoured by the wizarding world, and among the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It is extremely popular and is very common. It is drunk at any occasion, such as breakfast, lunch, at feasts or on other occasions. It seems to have taken on the same role that orange juice has in the Muggle world.

Pumpkin juice is readily available, and can be purchased on the Hogwarts Express. Severus Snape threatened Harry in his fourth year that he might slip Veritaserum in his morning pumpkin juice while believing that Harry stole his potion ingredients. Dolores Umbridge offered Harry Potter pumpkin juice in 1996 when she wanted to secretly administer Veritaserum to him, but he chose tea instead. Prior to a Quidditch match in his sixth year, Ron Weasley believed that Harry had slipped Felix Felicis into his morning juice to help him play perfectly.

9. Butterbeer

Butterbeer is a popular wizarding beverage described as tasting "a little bit like less-sickly butterscotch."

It has a very slight alcohol content, which could get house-elves fully drunk, but seemed to have a less pronounced effect on humans. In 1996, Harry Potter wondered what Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger might do at Professor Horace Slughorn's Christmas Party "under the influence of Butterbeer", indicating that it could lower inhibitions. Winky, a house-elf, took to getting drunk on Butterbeer after losing her job with the Crouch family — an addiction from which she never fully recovered.

Butterbeer is served cold in bottles and hot in "foaming tankards". In Hogsmeade, it's sold at the The Three Broomsticks and The Hog's Head, although the fact that the latter pub's stock was described as "very dusty" suggests that it was not sold there very often. In Diagon Alley, the drink is sold at the Leaky Cauldron.

At the Hog's Head, customers are charged two sickles per Butterbeer, but it is not certain whether this is a universal price for the drink, or if the price of the drink varies from location to location.

10. Firewhiskey

Firewhiskey is an alcoholic drink that is consumed by wizards and witches. Those under the age of seventeen are not allowed to buy it, implying that they may not be allowed to drink it. This rule is not always followed. Popular brands include Ogden's Old Firewhiskey and Blishen's Firewhisky. It is known to cause a burning sensation when drank, and for filling one's body with courage.

Ron Weasley commented that he could most likely purchase Firewhiskey at the Hog's Head during the Dumbledore's Army meeting. Hermione was angered at that, furiously reminding him of his prefect status. He instead had Butterbeer.

Harold Dingle offers to sell firewhiskey to Seamus Finnigan and Dean Thomas for their "dusk-till-dawn end-of-exams celebration."

Romilda Vane gave Harry Potter a box of Chocolate Cauldrons, claiming that they had Firewhiskey in them, though they were really laced with a powerful Love Potion.

After reaching The Burrow after departing Number 4, Privet Drive, Harry Potter drank a toast to Alastor Moody's memory with Firewhiskey, served by Bill Weasley, a few days before Harry's seventeenth birthday.

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