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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]

Professor Sprout had fourth year Herbology students re-pot these plants on 2 November, 1994; one broke free of Harry Potter's grasp and struck him in the face.[1]

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
Herbologists
Herbert Beery · Miranda Goshawk · Elladora Ketteridge · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand · Selina Sapworthy
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
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
Plants studied at Hogwarts
Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Devil's Snare · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Mandrake · Mimbulus Mimbletonia · Nettle · Puffapod · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wormwood · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice