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The Potter Stinks badges were badges made during the 1994–1995 school year at Hogwarts. When Harry Potter was mysteriously selected to compete in the Triwizard Tournament, many students began wearing badges that flashed between the phrases "Support Cedric Diggory" and "Potter Stinks." Many Slytherins and Hufflepuffs wore the badges prior to The First Task: the Slytherins had a long-standing animosity towards Gryffindor House, but the Hufflepuffs thought that Harry had stolen their glory by rivaling Cedric, and wore the badges to harass him. The Hufflepuffs eased off somewhat once the First Task was over, mostly at Cedric's request. At one point, Colin and Dennis Creevey attempted to change the badges to say "Support Harry Potter," but could only manage to get them stuck at "Potter Stinks", and then eventually "Potter Really Stinks".

Harry Potter later found one of these badges in his school trunk in July 1997 when he was sorting out his belongings before leaving 4 Privet Drive to begin the search for Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes.

Behind the scenes

Support Cedric Diggory & Potter Stinks Badge - Concept Art

Concept artwork of both parts of the badge

  • In the film adaptation, the badges, when turning into "Support Cedric", read "Cedric Diggory" instead.
  • It is noted that Harry found one of the badges while cleaning out his trunk. Exactly why he would wish to have one is unknown, but it is possible that someone slipped one into his belongings while he wasn't looking.
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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - 'Potter stinks' badges

Harry is harassed by students wearing "Potter Stinks" badges


Notes and references

  1. Harry found one of the badges while cleaning out his trunk in chapter two of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

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