There’s nothing quite like enjoying some excellent sweets and the wizarding world is certainly full of them! But how are they different to the Muggle sweets we all know and love? Today we explore the answer to this question…

Illustration by MinaLima © 2020 Scholastic Inc., from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (MinaLima Edition)

When Harry is on the Hogwarts Express, and on his way to wizarding school for the very first time, one of the excellent discoveries he makes is the sweets of the wizarding world. They’re certainly not like the kind of treats you would find in Muggle life!

On that day he discovered Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans, Droobles Best Blowing Gum, Chocolate Frogs, Cauldron Cakes and Liquorice Wands – which all sound rather tempting. And let’s not forget there were plenty of other wizarding world sweets he had yet to discover.

You might wonder what makes them special? And do they do anything interesting? The quick answer is some do.

While the Chocolate Frogs in the book version of Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone stay quite still, the film versions hop like actual frogs! In both versions they come with cards that have pictures of witches and wizards who move – and don’t always feel like hanging around.

There are also lots of weird, wonderful and downright disgusting flavours in a pack of Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans. Although Muggle jellybeans do come in a variety of tastes – they’ve got nothing on their wizarding counterpart. There are some traditional ones like chocolate and peppermint, but there’s also spinach, sprouts, liver and tripe. George Weasley even claimed to have had the misfortune of eating one that tasted of bogies!

And though there are plenty of wizarding treats, some magical folk still have a soft spot for old Muggle classics. Albus Dumbledore himself was partial to a sherbet lemon/lemon drop after all.

So, the difference between Muggle and magical sweets? You need to watch out for the pictures on the Chocolate Frog cards and be very careful which Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Bean you try!