A Pewter Cauldron

"The sun shone brightly on a stack of cauldrons outside the nearest shop. 'Cauldrons — All Sizes — Copper, Brass, Pewter, Silver — Self-Stirring — Collapsible', said a sign hanging over them"
—Description of Potage's Cauldron Shop[src]

Pewter is a malleable metal alloy, traditionally 85–99% tin, with the remainder consisting of copper, antimony, bismuth and lead. It was first used around the beginning of the Bronze Age in the Near East.[1]

Every new Hogwarts student had to be equipped with pewter cauldron (standard size 2), which they could purchase at Potage's Cauldron Shop.[2] Although Harry Potter wanted a solid gold cauldron, Hagrid didn't let him buy it, saying "It says pewter on yer list".[2] Pewter Cauldron can be bought in Potage's Cauldron Shop for 15 Galleons.[3] It is the ideal starter cauldron, as used by first-year students at Hogwarts. It’s perfect for brewing a wide range of potions and carrying books to class.[3] Hagrid owned a large pewter tankard from which he used to drink.[4][5] Aberforth Dumbledore also had a pewter jug, to which he had poured a mead in 1998, when Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger found themselves in Hogsmeade.[6]


Notes and references

  1. "Pewter" at Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Pottermore
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 6 (Gilderoy Lockhart)
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 25 (The Beetle at Bay)
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 28 (The Missing Mirror)