No one can forget Ron in the Harry Potter films scarfing down poultry legs at the Hogwarts feast, or Harry sampling his first Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans on the train, but a lot of facts about magical food were left out of the movies, so it's worth learning more about wizards' diets.
With magic added to the mix of “ingredients,” wizards prepare and experience their meals differently from Muggles. Some foods are unique to magical people, while others can be accessed by Muggles, who are unaware of the magical properties within.
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Fizzing Whizzbees Contain Levitation Charms To Make People Float
Fizzing Whizzbees are sherbet balls featuring sweet flavors along with levitation charms that make the person who eats them float above the ground.
It's been long rumored in the Wizarding World that Fizzing Whizzbees are created by the stings of the Billywig creature - those stung by Billywigs tend to levitate above the ground. People who are aware of this rumor tend to avoid eating Fizzing Whizzbees altogether.
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Bad-Tasting Bertie Bott's Beans Were Created By Accident
The point of Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans, a popular treat in the British Wizarding World, is to be surprised by the flavor of each bean, which might be something disgusting like earwax or vomit.
There's a reason for the beans' undesirable variety: Creator Bertie Bott had a revolting first taste of his own product. Bott originally intended to create candies out of normal food, but accidentally dropped a pair of old socks in the experiment.
Bott realized the potential in marketing a product that dared people to taste edible beans in unknown or surprising flavors. The product thus carries the slogan “A risk in every mouthful."
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Firewhisky's Magical Properties Include Sparking Courage In The Drinker
Firewhisky isn't supposed to be bought or consumed by underage wizards due to its strong alcoholic content and the intense burning sensation it creates in the drinker's throat. Underage wizards do not always follow this rule.
Firewhisky also has a magical property: It stimulates a sense of bravery in the person who drinks it. The Firewhisky's effects go around the body, making the drinker feel encouraged. Wizards can become addicted to the sensation, such as Ron's Uncle Bilius, who used to down Ogden's Old Firewhisky all by himself.
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Butterbeer Has Low Levels Of Alcohol That Can Make The Drinker Tipsy
Butterbeer, the most common beverage in the Wizarding World, can be enjoyed by people of all ages. It's not advertised, but Butterbeer has a low alcohol content that doesn't manifest unless a person consumes a lot of it.
House-elves have a low tolerance for alcohol, and the amount a wizard would consider normal is enough to make a house-elf inebriated - or even lead to their demise if they drink too much.
Butterbeer is also unique because it can be consumed ice-cold in a bottle, or hot and foaming in a mug, which means it's an ideal beverage for all seasons.
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Chocolate Has Magical Properties Muggles Are Unaware Of
Chocolate is a treat that benefits both wizards and Muggles - and not just because of the taste. The sweet is an antidote for the chilling effect a person feels after they've encountered a Dementor; the warmth experienced from eating chocolate serves as a counter to the Dementors' coldness. Muggles can use chocolate for the same effect, but remain unaware of its magical characteristics.
Knowledgeable wizards like Remus Lupin, Minerva McGonagall, and Madam Pomfrey keep chocolate close by for emergencies.
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Half-Giants Like Foods That Wizards Don't
Half-giants prefer food from aggressive creatures. Hagrid, for example, enjoys hippogriff talons, stoat sandwiches, and rock cakes that Harry and his friends find difficult to chew on.
Because of prejudice against them in the Wizarding World, half-giants in general need to make their own food.