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" […] one of the Bouncing Bulbs wriggled free from Harry's grip and smacked him hard in the face."
—Description[src]

A Bouncing Bulb is a magical plant which jumps around if it is not restrained.[1] Bouncing Bulbs' main stem is a disproportionate purple bulb, with a bunch of leaves growing on the top.[2] Young Bouncing Bulbs are small enough to handle,[3][1] but mature ones can reach the size of doorways.[2] Bouncing Bulbs can be aggressive when they feel threatened; they jump towards the possible attacker and try to hit it.[3] A simple Knockback Jinx could stop a young Bulb, but a mature one would require using the Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) to wither it, because it is quite strong. [2]

Bouncing Bulbs are a necessary ingredient in the Pompion Potion, a potion which encases the drinker's head in a pumpkin.

History

  • When she was a child, Beatrix Bloxam was left deeply shaken by parts of a scandalous story she overheard, involving her uncle Nobby, a hag who lived nearby, and a sack of Bouncing Bulbs.[4]
  • Bouncing Bulbs were mentioned in an advert for the Toots, Shoots 'n' Roots radio programme printed in Rumours!. The advert copy asked, "Bouncing bulbs losing height?", among other things.[5]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) - PS1 version
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - PS1 version
  4. The Tales of Beedle the Bard - (Albus Dumbledore on "The Warlock's Hairy Heart")
  5. "Toots, Shoots 'n' Roots" at the Harry Potter Lexicon


Herbology
Pottedmandrake
Professors: Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom
Textbooks: Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Goshawk's Guide to Herbology · Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wonderous Water Plants
Hogwarts class: Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Hogwarts greenhouses: One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Herbologists: Herbert Beery · Miranda Goshawk · Elladora Ketteridge · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand · Selina Sapworthy
Plants Studied: Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Devil's Snare · Fire Seed Bush · Mandrake · Mimbulus Mimbletonia · Puffapod · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Snargaluff · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Umbrella Flower · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Whomping Willow · Wild rice

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