Is It an Actual British Food or Is It From Harry Potter?

Nitwit! Blubber! Bubble? Squeak?

Would Ron eat it?

The magical world of Harry Potter is filled with delightfully named foods — and the names of many real British foods are equally delightful, or at least hilariously puzzling. In a previous quiz, we asked if you could guess what a few British foods actually are. In this one, we ask, do you think a particular item is a real food enjoyed in the United Kingdom, or is it from the fictional Harry Potter universe?

Some of these foods will make you want to be a wizard. Others will channel your muggle pride. If you score well on this quiz, why not celebrate by throwing a party and serving a Harry Potter-inspired dessert menu? Ten points for Gryffindor, or whatever house you are in. If you lack dessert-making skills, you can always settle for quidditch-themed beer pong.

Explanations of the foods mentioned in this quiz are below the quiz widget — don't peak!



Cornish pasty — not Cornish pixie, which Gilderoy Lockhart sets free in his classroom in the second book — is the U.K.'s version of Colombia's empanada, Jamaica's patty, Italy's panzerotti, or India's samosa; in other words, it is deep-fried goodness with British ingredients like beef skirt, “mature” Cheddar, and Stilton blue cheese. 

While stinky socks-flavored jelly beans are American, not British, they exist in the real world, and not in Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans.

According to Let’s Eat Fiction, “Cauldron Cakes are chocolate cupcakes that have been dipped in chocolate, filled with chocolate mousse, frosted with chocolate fudge, and then garnished with MORE chocolate.” While they are native to the Harry Potter universe, it doesn’t mean you can’t make them at home.

Bubble and Squeak, a dish of fried vegetables, is not exclusive to Hogwarts, but enjoyed all over the United Kingdom.

Black pudding is a type of sausage made from the fat and blood of pigs, and is a part of a traditional British or Irish breakfast.


Cornelius Fudge orders red currant rum at the Three Broomsticks, but do a quick Google search and you’ll see that it’s hard to find this drink outside the Harry Potter universe. As an alternative, try mors, a non-alcoholic Russian drink made from currants.