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"...a cramped, steamy little place where everything seemed to have been decorated with frills or bows."
—Interior of the tea shop[src]
Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop was a small tea shop located on a side road off the High Street in Hogsmeade Village. It was owned by Madam Puddifoot and was described by Harry Potter as the haunt of happy couples. The tea shop was very popular among Hogwarts students and served various kinds of drinks.

Description

The decoration was very tacky, frilly, covered with bows, and cramped. The windows steamed up and the gaudy tables and chairs were all claimed by teenagers holding hands or kissing over cups of tea and coffee. A bell over the door announced customers in a tuneful tinkle; the round tables were decorated with lacy napkins and china sugar bowls, and cramped up the small shop to the point that Madam Puddifoot has great difficulty in moving in between tables to serve the couples.

While Cho Chang thought the place was nice and cute, Harry Potter was not fond of the appearance nor atmosphere, as it reminded him uncomfortably of Dolores Umbridge's office, and the sight of couples being so intimate with each other made him feel even more uncomfortable.[1]

On Valentine's Day, the tearoom was decorated with golden cherubs hovering over each of the tables, which occasionally threw pink confetti over the people sitting below them. This, however, was more of irritating than romantic, as the confetti would occasionally land in the beverages.[1]

History

"Oh, there's a really nice place just up here; haven't you ever been to Madam Puddifoot's?"
Cho Chang's opinion on Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop[src]
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The tearoom

Sometime between 1956 and the 1980s, this was where Elphinstone Urquart first proposed to Minerva McGonagall while he was on holiday in Scotland. McGonagall, surprised and embarrassed, turned him down as she still had feelings for Dougal McGregor.[2]

Sometime in 1995, Cedric Diggory and Cho Chang came to Madam Puddifoot's on a date.[1]

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Harry and Cho at Madam Puddifoot's

On Valentine's Day in 1996, Harry Potter and Cho Chang had a cup of coffee here, and sat by Roger Davies and his girlfriend. Their date, however, turned out nightmarishly wrong; Harry already felt highly uncomfortable the moment he set eyes on the café's insides, as the decors reminded him of Umbridge's office and the intimate couples all around them made it even more awkward. It only got worse when Cho started talking about Cedric, which made her cry, and when Harry mentioned (in a way that led to misunderstandings) Hermione Granger she became jealous and left dramatically, to the astonishment of the whole tearoom who stopped to watch them. Harry swiftly paid for the coffee and chased after her, but she had already disappeared from the street.[1] The experience left Harry a negative impression on the place, as he referred to it as a "stupid teashop" when reliving this disaster with Hermione.[3]

When Harry, Ron Weasley and Hermione did not meet Ginny Weasley during one of their Hogsmeade weekend trips, Harry wondered if she was "cosily closeted" at Madam Puddifoot's (which he thought of as the haunt of happy couples, presumably due to his disastrous date there with Cho) with Dean Thomas.[4]

Behind the scenes

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Madam Puddifoot's in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7

  • It is plausible that the ridiculously frilly decorations and napkins, and the foggy windows, were merely additional decorations for Valentine's Day and that the teashop usually was not so frilly. Though, considering the overly intimate atmosphere, it is also possible that only the cherubs are the Valentine's Day exception.
  • A Madam Puddifoot's storefront was added to Hogsmeade at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as a result of the Diagon Alley expansion. The storefront used to house Wiseacre's Wizarding Equipment, which was moved to Diagon Alley.[5]

Appearances

Notes and references

Hogsmeade
Scotland, Great Britain
Founder: Hengist of Woodcroft
Shops
Baby Witch · Brews and Stews Café · Ceridwen's Cauldrons · Dervish and Banges · Dogweed and Deathcap · Dominic Maestro's · Gladrags Wizardwear · Hog's Head Inn · Honeydukes · J. Pippin's Potions · Madam Puddifoot's Tea Shop · The Magic Neep · McBloom & McMuck · McHavelock's Wizarding Headgear · Ollivanders · Pedrus Pridgeon · Rosa Lee Teabag · Scribbulus Writing Implements · Scrivenshaft's Quill Shop · Spintwitches · Three Broomsticks Inn · Tomes and Scrolls · Zonko's Joke Shop
Other locations
Hogsmeade Station · Hogsmeade Post Office · Hairdressing salon · Merge Publications · Office 323 · Shrieking Shack · Vladimir Plot Plumbing Supplies · Wizarding Wireless Network Headquarters
Known residents and shop employees
Madam Rosmerta · Aberforth Dumbledore · Madam Puddifoot · Ambrosius Flume · Ambrosius Flume's wife · Dominic Maestro · Unidentified Ollivander's associate · Employee of the Owl Post Office · Archibald Bennett · Three Broomsticks waiter · Horace · J. Pippin · McHavelock · Scrivenshaft · Vladimir Plot · Zonko · Bilton Bilmes · Gwendoline Babcocke · Gwendoline Babcocke's mother