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"You want to be careful with these. When they say every flavour, they mean every flavour - you know you get all the ordinary ones like chocolate and peppermint and marmalade, but then you can get spinach and liver and tripe. George reckons he had a bogey-flavoured one once."
Ron Weasley to Harry Potter[src]

Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans are one of the most popular sweets in the wizarding world. They are the same as Muggle jelly beans, except the range encompasses every flavour imaginable. There is also no way of telling for sure what flavour any given bean is without tasting it, although you can try and guess by the colour. The inventor of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans was Bertie Bott, who created them in mid-20th century by mistake. He was planning on making tasty sweets from food, but accidentally made one taste like a dirty sock. He immediately recognised the sales potential of "a risk with every mouthful!"

There are ordinary flavours like chocolate, peppermint, and marmalade, but also less fanciable ones like spinach, liver, and tripe. There are also flavours that are not actual foods, like grass, farm dirt, vomit, earwax, paper and bogeys.

In 1992, while Harry is in the hospital wing, he offered one to Professor Dumbledore. Dumbledore told him that he had been unfortunate enough to have come across a vomit flavour one in the past and since that occasion he had not cared for them. In spite of this, he decided to give them another chance and carefully selected a golden brown-coloured one that he assumed would be toffee-flavoured, but turned out to be an earwax-flavoured bean.

They are a popular treat at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and can be bought off the lunch trolley on the Hogwarts Express and in Honeydukes and are usually sent as a gift to someone ill in the hospital wing. They come in bags or small, striped boxes.

They were advertised at the Quidditch World Cup on a big screen; which shows how famous and popular they are.

Known flavours

"Ah! Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans! I was most unfortunate in my youth to come across a vomit-flavoured one. And since then, I'm afraid I've lost my liking for them. But I think I could be safe with a nice toffee... Hum! Alas! Earwax."
Albus Dumbledore[src]

Behind the scenes

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The Jelly Belly Jelly Beans

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The Jelly Belly chart.

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Dumbledore offering Harry, Ron and Hermione three large chests of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.

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Pottermore Beans

  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Albus Dumbledore is heard saying that he had the misfortune of coming across a vomit-flavoured bean in his youth. As he was 53 or 54 years old when the inventor was born, this would seem unlikely but Dumbledore had a great fondness for sweets it is mentioned on more than one occasion. However, given his old age, it is possible Dumbledore perceived himself as still being in his youth at that stage of his life.
  • In the real world, Jelly Belly released jelly beans with selected flavours from the series. There are currently 25 flavours available. The review website Candy Addict rated these candies as #4 of the "10 grossest candies." [19] The Bertie Bott's candies may have been inspired by Jelly Belly, which produces jellybeans in unexpected flavours like jalapeño and encourages consumers to eat different-flavoured jellybeans in combination to create different flavours.
  • Advertisement at the Quidditch World Cup: "Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans--A Risk with Every Mouthful!"
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4, Dumbledore is seen offering three large chests of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans to Harry, Ron, and Hermione in the Hospital wing & instead of eating an earwax-flavoured bean, he eats one & it causes him to burp up soap bubbles; a possible nod to the soap-flavored bean.
  • At the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, you can purchase Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans at Honeydukes Sweetshop.
  • It seems unlikely that consumers are able to tell the difference between certain flavours, such as Marshmallow and Toasted Marshmallow, Lemon and Lemon Drop, and Dirt and Farm Dirt. It is possible that they are somehow enchanted to allow a person to know its flavour once they have tasted the bean, but no explanation is given of where their certainty comes from.
  • In the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) for consoles (except the PlayStation version), when you buy the Bertie Bott card, Fred and George will mention an unreleased "Dog Spit flavoured bean".
  • In the first four games of the series, the beans were used as currency. Each game, save for the PC versions and the first two PS1 versions, usually has a certain limit that shows how many beans the player can pick up at maximum (that can be increased by finding/buying a Bertie Bott's Bean bag). The first game involves up to 100-to-150, the second game allows 100-150 as well (only the PS2 version enables a second bag to be picked up for 200 beans total), and the third game due to the trio's full involvement in being playable, enables 250 beans total to be carried.
    • In the first three games, the beans are spent at Fred and George Weasley's shop at Hogwarts. While in the fourth game, they are spent at a card collector shop (though in the GBA version the shop is named "Weasley's Wares").
    • Only the PC versions of all three first games, the PS1 versions of the first two games, and both console (with the PC version being the same) and GBA versions of the fourth game enable an indefinite amount of beans collected past 250 onwards.
    • While usually the GBC/GBA versions of the first three games only treat the beans as healing items (with the GBA version of Chamber of Secrets only treating them as bonus collectables for one part of the game), both versions of Goblet of Fire are the only Harry Potter games with the beans being both currency and healing items (in the case of the red beans only for console and PC versions, and white beans for GBA).
  • In PottermoreBeans may look like what ever food they're flavoured from.
  • In the visual experience in Pottermore, players can find these beans in the Hogwart Express. The description of these beans is: "Bertie Bott’s Every-Flavour Beans really do come in all flavours, from chocolate to earwax and marmalade to liver."'

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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - GBA version
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 Muggle version of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans, made by the Jelly Belly company.
  3. Found as a collectible in Pottermore - Book 3, Chapter 16, Moment 2 - The Committee
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 Pottermore
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 5.11 5.12 5.13 5.14 5.15 5.16 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Unused lines of dialogue from the GBC version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game). Transcript available at "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on The Cutting Room Floor"
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 8.5 8.6 8.7 8.8 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film) (DVD 2 - Special Features)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (PS1 version)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - PC version
  11. Bertie Bott's Chocolate Frog Card. (Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game))
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - Chapter 17 (The Man with Two Faces)
  13. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  14. Pottermore, found in Book 1, Chapter 5, Moment 3 - Ollivanders
  15. http://www.amazon.com/Harry-Potter-Bertie-Botts-Jelly/dp/B0002AB4KS
  16. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - GBA version
  18. http://everything2.com/title/Bertie+Bott%2527s+Every+Flavor+Beans
  19. www.candyaddict.com

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