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On 31 July, 1992, Petunia Dursley made a pudding for her husband Vernon Dursley's business deal with Mr. Mason and his wife. It was destroyed by the House-elf Dobby, who levitated the dessert and then dropped it to the floor, in an attempt to prevent Harry Potter from returning to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry and force him to stay at Privet Drive. As Harry was underage and the only known wizard in the area, he received a warning from the Improper Use of Magic Office.
Behind the scenes
- American fans may be confused by the portrayal of this desert as a cake-like confection in the film version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. In American English, pudding usually is exclusively used to mean a milk-based dessert with the consistency of a custard, while in British English, a pudding can be any number of starch or dairy based desserts, or even an informal term for the dessert course in general.
- In the film, instead of dropping it on the floor, Dobby drops it on Mrs. Mason's head. Even though it is destroyed, Mr. Mason tastes it.
- However, in the LEGO game adaptation Dobby smashes it in Mrs. Mason's face.
- In the original version of the film it is still a pudding, however in the Danish translation it is translated as lagkage, which is the Danish translation of Torte.