Chocolate is a remedy in the wizarding world. Madam Pomfrey was delighted to hear that Professor Lupin – the new Defence Against the Dark Arts teacher – had given chocolate to students after the Dementors boarded the Hogwarts Express in Harry ‘s third year.
Lupin also gifted a large bar of Honeydukes’ best chocolate to Harry after their first private anti-Dementor lesson together. Everything about Honeydukes sounds delicious, but their best chocolate. Yes please!
‘Just then, Neville caused a slight diversion by turning into a large canary.’
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
A bargain at seven Sickles each, eating these hilarious treats – invented by Fred and George Weasley – turned witches and wizards into canaries for a minute or so, before their feathers moulted. What better way to diffuse a family argument at Christmas dinner than turning the troublemaker into a bird?
These were in stock at Honeydukes and according to Ron you can suck them in class ‘and just look like you’re thinking what to write next’. When they headed to Hogsmeade in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Hermione even spotted ‘Deluxe Sugar Quills’ which she reckoned would last hours. If you want to eat sweets whilst pretending to work, this would be the perfect stocking filler for you.
This fudge may not turn you into a canary or help you recover from a Dementor attack, but it would definitely warm your heart. Mrs Weasley sent Harry ‘a large box of home-made’ fudge (as well as a Weasley jumper) his first Christmas at Hogwarts. We assume this was because Ron mentioned that Harry ‘didn’t expect any presents’.
Molly Weasley really is the best – and we’re sure that fudge was pretty tasty too!
If you haven’t heard of Skiving Snackboxes then we’ll hand over to the Weasley twins to explain:
‘‘They’re double-ended, colour-coded chews. If you eat the orange half of the Puking Pastilles, you throw up. Moment you’ve been rushed out of the lesson for the hospital wing, you swallow the purple half –’
‘– which restores you to full fitness, enabling you to pursue the leisure activity of your own choice during an hour that would otherwise have been devoted to unprofitable boredom.’’
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Aside from Puking Pastilles, the twins also developed Fainting Fancies, Fever Fudge and Noseblood Nougat, so customers could choose their favourite fake sickness.
We don’t think the Snackboxes would be as tasty as many of the treats on this list, but you can’t deny that they’d come in useful for those Christmas activities you might want to escape from…
Hermione bought a box of Chocolate Frogs for Harry in his first year at Hogwarts and we’d be pretty excited to find even one in our stocking. Not only are they made of chocolate – which is both delicious and useful in the wizarding world – but they also have Famous Witches and Wizards cards inside them. Two presents for the price of one if you ask us.
We know Albus Dumbledore avoided them, but he once set ‘Cockroach Cluster’ as his office password, so we’re not sure whether to trust his treat choices. What we do know from Ron is that ‘when they say every flavour, they mean every flavour’. Christmas fun for days! We’d just try to avoid the bogey and earwax flavours… Easy, right?
Opening presents is hungry work so we think it’d be great to find a few Pumpkin Pasties in your stocking. In Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, a Pumpkin Pasty was the first treat from the trolley that Harry chomped on. Alongside all the sweet things we’d love to eat on Christmas Day, it might be a good idea to munch on something savoury too.
Romilda Vane gave Harry some Chocolate Cauldrons for Christmas in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince that were spiked with love potion. The whole episode was disastrous, culminating in Ron being poisoned in Slughorn’s office. But despite this, we’re still intrigued by the treats themselves. When Romilda thrust the box into Harry’s hands, she mentioned they had Firewhisky in them. And Ron ate half the box in no time which suggested they were pretty tasty. Worth a try? We think so – minus the love potion, of course.
A warm, foaming Butterbeer would surely be enough to keep anyone warm on a frosty Christmas morning. And after all those sugary treats, it’d be ideal to find something as tasty as a Butterbeer in your stocking to wash it all down with. Plus, Luna Lovegood let us into a little secret: Butterbeer corks can make a rather fetching necklace. A present for a friend next Christmas, perhaps?