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"I think all this merits a good feast. Might I ask you to go and alert the kitchens?"
-- Albus Dumbledore (CS18)

Hogwarts Feasts

Hogwarts treats its students to large feasts to mark the beginning (PS7, CS5, PA5, GF12, OP11, HBP8) and end of the school term (PS17, PA22, GF37, OP38), plus Halloween (PS10, CS8, PA8, GF16) and Christmas (PS12, CS12, PA11, GF23).

Start-of-Term (PS7, CS5, PA5, GF12, OP11, HBP8)


  • school song is sung (PS7)
  • Dumbledore's start-of-term welcome speech, introduces new faculty, makes announcements
  • sorting ceremony
  • Triwizard Tournament announced in Harry's fourth year (GF12)
  • Harry and Ron miss it their second year, due to their misadventure with the flying Ford Anglia (CS5).


  • Yorkshire pudding (PS7, GF12)
  • roast beef
  • roast chicken
  • pork chops
  • lamb chops
  • sausages
  • treacle tart
  • bacon and steak
  • boiled potatoes
  • roast potatoes
  • chips (French fries)
  • peas
  • carrots
  • gravy
  • puddings (as in "desserts")
  • ketchup
  • peppermint humbugs
  • "[Harry]" had never seen so many things he liked to eat on one table" (PS7)

Hallowe'en (PS10, CS8, PA8, GF16)


  • a thousand live bats
  • candles in pumpkins
  • many flaming orange streamers swimming across the ceiling
  • pumpkins large as garden sheds (PA)


  • jacket potato (U.K. edition only) (PS10)
  • lots and lots of pumpkin
  • black pudding (GF16)


  • the Hallowe'en Feast - evening meal
  • entertainment
  • the Goblet chooses the champions (GF16)


(PS12, CS, PA, GF23)


  • twelve Christmas trees
  • Christmas ornaments
  • armor enchanted to sing carols
  • snow, dry and warm, falling from the enchanted ceiling
  • for the Yule Ball: walls covered in silver frost, garlands of mistletoe and ivy


  • the Christmas Feast - midday meal
  • the Yule Ball - from 8 pm until midnight (1994 only)
  • presents - piled on the foot of their beds when they wake up


  • turkey
  • chipolatas
  • thick rich gravy
  • cranberry sauce
  • turkey sandwiches (for tea)
  • Christmas pudding
  • crumpets
  • trifle
  • Christmas cake
  • eggnog is served at the staff table


  • McGonagall goes around at the beginning of December having kids sign up who are planning to stay at Hogwarts over the holidays



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