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"Oh, of course, you wouldn't know — Chocolate Frogs have cards inside of them, you know, to collect — famous witches and wizards. I've got about five hundred, but I haven't got Agrippa or Ptolemy."
—Description of Chocolate Frogs[src]

Chocolate frogs are a very popular sweet made from chocolate in the form of a frog. They come with a collectible card of a famous witch or wizard in each pack. The frogs are made of seventy percent Croakoa. Presumably, this substance is what allows them to act like an actual frog.

Chocolate Frogs also come in a white chocolate variety. A popular game for Hogwarts students is to let a bunch of Chocolate Frogs hop around, and to grab the normal ones while avoiding the white ones.[1]

History

"What are these? They're not really frogs, are they?"
Harry Potter's first encounter with Chocolate Frogs[src]
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Harry with his first Chocolate Frog box

In 1991, a chocolate frog was seen on a table in the Great Hall at the Sorting Ceremony. The same year Hermione Granger gave Harry a large box of Chocolate Frogs for Christmas.

When Harry Potter was in the Hogwarts infirmary after his skirmish with Professor Quirrell and Voldemort in 1992, he received many treats from his friends and admirers. Whilst Harry was unconscious, someone consumed all of the chocolate frogs. During his bedside visit, Dumbledore posited that Ron Weasley had done it, so Harry could have the cards without going through the "trouble" of eating the frogs.

Also, a chocolate frog was useful in fighting off his dementor-boggart when Remus Lupin taught Harry the Patronus Charm.
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A Chocolate Frog

In January 1994, after Harry's first attempt at summoning a Patronus, Professor Lupin gave him a Chocolate Frog to eat.[2] Hagrid gave Harry Chocolate Frogs for Christmas in his fourth year. Ron got Chocolate Frogs for Christmas in his fifth year and in the Hospital Wing after he was injured in the Battle of the Department of Mysteries .

Later on, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger were placed on Chocolate Frog cards for their efforts in defeating Lord Voldemort[3]. Both Ron Weasley and Albus Dumbledore considered being put on Chocolate Frog cards as their proudest moment.[4][5]

Chocolate Frog cards

Chocolate Frog Cards come in Chocolate Frogs candy (along with a chocolate frog). Hogwarts students collect and trade them. The faces on some of the cards are famous even to Muggles, although their magical abilities were not always recognised by the non-magical community.

The Chocolate Frog collectible cards played an important role in Harry, Ron, and Hermione's first year at Hogwarts, as Dumbledore's card enabled them to ascertain the identity of Nicolas Flamel.[6]

Some notable cards are: Albus Dumbledore, Morgan le Fay, Ptolemy, Circe, Paracelsus, Merlin, Cliodna, Hengist of Woodcroft, Alberic Grunnion, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ronald Weasley, and Agrippa.

Behind the scenes

  • In some of the video games, chocolate frogs can be found and used to heal damage taken during the game. However, in some versions of the games, mainly the PC and console versions, the frogs do not come included with the cards, oddly enough, as both items are collected separately.
    • The GBC and GBA version of Philosopher's Stone video game and the GBA version of Prisoner of Azkaban are the only Harry Potter games so far that have Chocolate Frogs included with the cards as a single item, or to have cards received from a Chocolate Frog in some way.
      • The GBA Philosopher's Stone like with many of the console version games also enables the player to cast a Knockback Jinx on them to turn them over, though this only works with the frogs not discovered from chests opened by the Unlocking Charm. Despite this, just like in the PS2 and Xbox versions, they can be collected without needing to be turned over unlike in the other games.
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        A Chocolate Frog plush from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in addition to the edible ones

      • In both the GBC Philosopher's Stone and GBA Prisoner of Azkaban, Chocolate Frogs count as items that give Famous Witches and Wizard Cards if they are selected to be eaten from the inventory, and only in GBA Prisoner of Azkaban do all cards, even if found from chests, have their sprite included with a Chocolate Frog.
      • Both the Chocolate Frog and Wizard Cards share one trait, which is to increase Harry's stamina bar in the console version video games (as well as Ron and Hermione's in Prisoner of Azkaban). However, this differs; Wizard Cards only in the second game and third games boost stamina bars, while only in the GBA version of the second game do Chocolate Frogs do so.
      • In the PC and console versions of Goblet of Fire however, Chocolate Frogs instead act as items that allow for a free revive when either Harry, Ron or Hermione knocked out. Like the prior console and PC version games, they can be jinxed to be knocked over for easier collection.
  • In the real world, Chocolate Frogs are sold by Hasbro and the Harry Potter Alliance as novelty candies.[7][8]
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    An alternate packaging for Chocolate frogs, found in candy stores in the USA

  • Chocolate Frogs may be an obscure reference to a Monty Python sketch, "Crunchy Frog". The sketch involves a sweet with a small frog in it as opposed to a frog shaped confection.
  • The European Spanish translation by Alicia Dellepiane omits Hengist of Woodcroft and Alberic Grunnion and adds Ramon Llull, who was a Majorcan mathematician and philosopher.
  • J. K. Rowling has said that Chocolate Frogs would be her favourite sweet.[9]
  • Sometimes in the series, in the Danish translation, it is known as Platugler. Plat is a slang word for someone that is stupid, and ugler
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    Chocolate Frog prop replica made by Noble Collection

    means owls.
  • At The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, chocolate frogs are sold at Honeydukes. Each frog contains one of the four founding members of Hogwarts.
  • in 2018 Noble Collection made a prop replica of the Chocolate Frog
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A Chocolate Frog and the Albus Dumbledore card

See also

Appearances

Notes and references