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Chocolate Frog card of Herpo the Foul.

"Considered by many to be the greatest wizard of modern times, Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of Dragon's blood, and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicolas Flamel. Professor Dumbledore enjoys chamber music and tenpin bowling."
Albus Dumbledore's Chocolate Frog Card[src]

Chocolate Frog Cards (also known as Famous Wizard / Witches Cards) are trading cards that contain the pictures and information on many different wizards and witches on them. The Cards are obtained by buying Chocolate Frogs. Each pack contains a random card inserted into the packet.


Chocolate frog card dumbledore

Harry Potter examines his very first Chocolate Frog Card given to him by Ron Weasley. Albus Dumbledore appears on the front.

"Chocolate Frogs have cards, inside them, you know, to collect - famous witches and wizards. I've got about five hundred, but I haven't got Agrippa or Ptolemy."

-Ron Weasley, to Harry Potter on the Hogwarts Express

Students at Hogwarts collect and trade the cards. Hannah Abbott and Ernie Macmillan were swapping cards in the Great Hall. Harry, Ginny, and Neville were trading them on the Hogwarts Express. Neville Longbottom, however, was not a collector, as when Harry gave him a Chocolate Frog, he gave the card to Harry. Notices about who wants which card even appear on the Gryffindor notice-board, in the common room. There are over 101 known cards total. 


It is unknown when the idea for Chocolate Frog cards was conceived, or who was the first wizard ever to be put on one.

When Albus Dumbledore was being discredited by the Ministry of Magic, he was removed from the Wizengamot and from the International Confederation of Wizards. He told Bill Weasley that he didn't care what they did to him, as long as they didn't take him off Chocolate Frog cards. At the end of the 1995-1996 school year, Ronald Weasley received a number of Chocolate Frogs from his brothers Fred and George and propped one of Dumbledore against his water jug, suggesting perhaps that either Dumbledore had not been taken off the cards, or if he had been, was swiftly reinstated following the recent revelations regarding Lord Voldemort.[1]

List of known wizards and witches on Chocolate Frog Cards


A Chocolate Frog Card depicting Godric Gryffindor.

Alberic Grunnion
Invented the Dungbomb
Alberta Toothill (1391–1483)
Winner of the all England Wizarding Dueling competition of 1430. Famously overcame the favourite, Samson Wiblin, with a blasting curse.
Albus Dumbledore (1881-1997)
Considered by many the greatest wizard of modern times, Dumbledore is particularly famous for his defeat of the Dark Wizard Grindelwald in 1945, for the discovery of the twelve uses of dragon's blood, and his work on alchemy with his partner, Nicolas Flamel. Prof. Dumbledore enjoys chamber music and ten-pin bowling.
Andros the Invincible
Alleged to have been the only known wizard to produce a Patronus the size of a giant.
Archibald Alderton
Famous for blowing up a hamlet of Little Dropping, Hampshire while trying to magically mix a birthday cake.
Armando Dippet
Headmaster of Hogwarts, circa 1940s
Medieval Russian Hag who regularly ate children for breakfast, and presumably lunch and dinner.
Beatrix Bloxam
Beatrix Bloxam was the author of the Toadstool Tales, a series of children’s books since banned because they have been found to cause nausea and vomiting.
Beaumont Marjoribanks
Discovered Gillyweed.
Bertie Bott (1935–present)
Inventor of Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans.
Bowman Wright
Inventor of the Golden Snitch .
Bridget Wenlock (1202–1285)
Famous Arithmancer. First to establish the magical properties of the number 7.
Chauncey Oldridge (1342–1379)
First known victim of Dragon pox.
Greek witch who lived in Aeaea and turned lost sailors into pigs.
Irish druidess who first discovered the properties of Moondew.
Cornelius Agrippa (1486–1535)
Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa was a German Mystic and Alchemist.
Cyprian Youdle (1312–1357)
Only Quidditch referee to die during a Quidditch match.
Dymphna Furmage (1612—1698)
A witch who got famously abducted by pixies.
Dzou Yen (4th century B.C)
Chinese alchemist.
Ethelred the Ever-Ready
Famous for taking offence at nothing and cursing innocent bystanders. Died in jail.
Falco Aesalon
The first recorded Animagus. He was able to turn himself into a Falcon.
Felix Summerbee (1447-1508)
Inventor of Cheering Charms.
Fulbert the Fearful
Famous for being so cowardly to even leave his own house. Died when a defensive charm backfired and his roof caved in.
Gifford Ollerton (1390–1441)
Famous Giant slayer, killed the giant Hengist of Upper Barnton.
Godric Gryffindor
Co-founder of Hogwarts. Gave his name to one of the four houses.
Gondoline Oliphant
Famous for studying trolls.
Gregory the Smarmy
Famous originator of Gregory's Unctuous Unction.
The richest goblin ever and the founder of Gringotts Wizarding Bank.
Gwenog Jones
Captain and Beater of the all-female national Quidditch team, the Holyhead Harpies.
Harry Potter
The first and only known wizard to survive the Killing Curse, earning the title "The Boy Who Lived." Youngest Quidditch player in the last century after gaining the spot of Seeker in the Gryffindor Quidditch Team in his first year at Hogwarts in 1991. Also known for having found Salazar Slytherin's Chamber of Secrets and defeating the monster within, which was a basilisk, in his second year at Hogwarts. Only known Gryffindor student able to speak Parseltongue. Youngest competitor of the Triwizard Tournament and winner of said Tournament at the age of 14 in 1995. The last master of death for having gained true possession of all three Deathly Hallows. Most famous for the defeat of the most dangerous dark wizard of all time, Lord Voldemort, in 1998 and his work and revolutionisation of the Ministry of Magic.
Heathcote Barbary
Plays the Rhythm Guitar for the popular Wizarding band, The Weird Sisters.
Helga Hufflepuff
Co-founder of Hogwarts, gave her name to one of the four houses.
Hengist of Woodcroft
Founder of Hogsmeade Village.
Hermione Granger
For aiding Harry Potter and Ron Weasley in their attempt to destroy the Horcruxes and the subsequent defeat of Voldemort. Also, for eradicating pro-pureblood laws at the Ministry of Magic and campaigning for the rights of non-human beings such as house-elves. Usually given the title of "brightest witch of her age."
Herpo the Foul
First known creator of the Basilisk and a Horcrux
Ignatia Wildsmith (1227–1320)
Inventor of Floo Powder.
Indira Choudry
Witch who played as a Beater for the English National Quidditch team.
Joscelind Wadcock
Chaser for Puddlemore United Quidditch Team.
Laverne de Montmorency
Witch who invented a large number of Love Potions.
Leopoldina Smethwyck
First witch to referee a Quidditch match.
Famous for his role in the King Arthur Chronicles.
Merwyn the Malicious
Credited for the invention of many unpleasant jinxes and hexes.
Mirabella Plunkett
Famously fell in love with a man named Loch Lomond but her parents forbade her to marry him. Eventually she transfigured herself into a haddock and was never seen again.
Miranda Goshawk
Author of The Standard Book of Spells series, and is the set of textbooks used at Hogwarts.
A Greek soothsayer who defeated the seer Calchas in a contest of their powers.
Morgan le Fay
Morgan le Fay was the child of the Duke of Cornwall and Igraine. She was a Dark witch, and very powerful.
Musidora Barkwith
A famous musical composer, whose unfinished work is now banned since it contained an exploding tuba, that blew the roof top off of the Town Hall in Ackerley.
Newt Scamander
A famous wizarding author famed for his book, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He also served as Headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Oswald Beamish
A pioneer in Goblin rights.
Paracelsus (1493–?)
Alchemical genius. Full name is Auroleus Phillipus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim.
Ptolemy (85 AD–?)
Was a Geographer and Astronomer.
Queen Maeve
Witch who trained young sorcerers in Ireland prior to the establishment of Hogwarts.
Ronald Weasley
For aiding Harry Potter and Hermione Granger in destroying the Horcruxes and subsequent defeat of Voldemort. Also for revolutionising the Ministry of Magic along with Harry Potter and Hermione Granger.
Rowena Ravenclaw
Co-founder of Hogwarts. Came up with the ever changing floor plan. Gave her name to one of the four houses.
Salazar Slytherin
Co-Founder of Hogwarts. Inventor and builder of the Chamber of Secrets. Gave his name to one of the four houses. Was one of the first recorded Parselmouths, an accomplished Legilimens, and a notorious champion of pureblood supremacy.
Uric the Oddball
Known for being the weirdest wizard of the ages. This incredibly eccentric wizard was known for wearing a jellyfish for a hat.
Wendelin the Weird
Allegedly loved being burned at the stake so much that she allowed herself to be captured over 47 times in various disguises.
Wilfred Elphick (1112–1199)
First wizard to be gored by an African Erumpent
Xavier Rastrick (1750-1836?)
Flamboyant wizard entertainer. He vanished unexpectedly while tapdancing to a crowd of three-hundred people in Painswick and was never seen again.

Chocolate Frog cards on Pottermore

Behind the scenes

  • The appearance of Chocolate Frog Cards varies throughout the series. In the films, they are pentagonal and always dark blue or purple, a design also used in most other adaptations, such as the video games and most real-life versions of the cards. On Pottermore, however, the cards are shaped more like traditional trading cards, and each unique card is a different colour.
  • The first Chocolate Frog card seen in the series was Albus Dumbledore's. Harry Potter received it on his first trip to Hogwarts, and it later provided a vital clue as to the identity of Nicolas Flamel and the truth about the Philosopher's Stone. Dumbledore's card also provides a vital clue in the seventh book, when Grindelwald, who was first mentioned in the first book, and his relationship to Dumbledore is explained in detail.
  • During his first trip to Hogwarts, Ron Weasley tells Harry Potter the only cards he does not have are Cornelius Agrippa's and Ptolemy's.
  • 101 different cards can be collected and examined over the course of the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone video game and Chamber of Secrets games as well, for Gamecube/PS2/Xbox (it should be noted that the other versions, such as the GBA versions of both and the Prisoner of Azkaban game all have altered card sets and/or reduced amount of total cards, and not the GBC versions of the first two games).
    • These cards can be brought through purchase from Fred and George with Bertie Bott's beans, trading doubles with other students, discovering them in chests hidden throughout Hogwarts and other places in the wizarding world (some of which need to be unlocked with varying spells), receiving them as rewards for finding and returning lost property and winning them in games and broom races with other students.
    • In the PS2 version of the first game, multiple copies of each card can be obtained through some luck via trading and from wizard card packs. However, in the second game, the placement/locations of all the cards like with the original PS1 versions tends to be more consistent, as they all are set with the same objectives for receiving them in each playthrough and as well as in the case of Chamber of Secrets, the trading tends to be more specific in terms of which certain NPC's give which cards, and which cards can have two copies to allow trading. Only 100 cards are oddly available in the console version of the third game however, as well as including records of beasts and giants all while removing a few previous cards (and changing some of the artwork).
    • A glitch can occur in the Xbox/Gamecube version of the Chamber of Secrets game in that the player, by re-visiting Moaning Myrtle's Bathroom per day (as soon as it's been made available after a certain point of the game; and not during the night), can reopen a certain chest (which requires Skurge to unlock) to receive multiple copies of Godric Gryffindor's card, despite the fact that it is not one of the cards programed in the game for trading. This can also apply to the Merwyn the Malicious card, only since it is received from the Library, it can be "cloned" during the day or the night (and for that card, the player must know Incendio first in order to access the room that contains its chest).
    • 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.
      • 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.
  • J.K. Rowling has stated that as both Albus Dumbledore and Ronald Weasley are on Chocolate frog cards, they both consider it their greatest achievement.
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    Chocolate Frog Cards of Rowena Ravenclaw & Helga Hufflepuff from "The Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter"

  • J. K. Rowling wrote all 101 Famous Witches And Wizards Cards herself for EA Games, and as such, they can be considered canon and shed a significant amount of light on the history of the wizarding world.[2] Having said that, a few elements remain contradictory, notably Adalbert Waffling's listed 1899 birthdate, which was overridden in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by his already-established notoriety and correspondence with the student-age Dumbledore in the 1890s.
  • Although modern wizards such as Bertie Bott, Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter appear on cards, as do historical dark wizards such as Herpo the Foul and Merwyn the Malicious, modern dark wizards Gellert Grindelwald and Lord Voldemort do not. In the case of the latter two, it could be that the authors of the cards were aware of how offensive such cards would have been.
  • In Pottermore, users can collect cards throughout each chapter.
  • In the video games, certain combinations of cards are required to cast spells such as the Tempest Jinx.
  • In the video games, these are often stored in various Folios such as the Folio Magi or the Folio Triplicus. The Folio Brevis was also intended as one such Folio, but was cut.
  • In the Chamber of Secrets PC game, once all Silver wizarding cards are collected, then a chamber can be unlocked which allows Harry to collect all of the Gold wizarding cards (one of which is of Harry himself). 
  • Prior to the appearance of Kingsley Shacklebolt using his Patronus for communication in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there was a fan theory that members of the Order of the Phoenix used Chocolate Frog Cards as a secret means of communication. Though incorrect, the theory gained enough popular traction for J. K. Rowling to address it in the Rumours section of her official website. She stated that it was such a great idea that she was of two minds about whether to shoot it down, but noted that any object that could be carried on the person would be vulnerable to loss, destruction, or trickery.[3] Notably, this same sort of issue was a flaw of the fake Galleons used by Dumbledore's Army. As most members did not continue carry the coins after the end of the 1995-1996 school year, only Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood answered the call when the coins were activated prior to the Battle of the Astronomy Tower on 30 June 1997.[4]


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Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 - (The Second War Begins)
  3. J. K. Rowling Official Site - Rumours
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 30 (The White Tomb)

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