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"What did you expect? ...Pumpkin juice!?"
Madam Pomfrey after Harry Potter spat out the Skele-Gro[src]

Pumpkin juice was a beverage made from pumpkins. Manufactured since 1837 by London Pumpkins & Sons[1], it was extremely popular in the wizarding world, particularly among the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Pumpkin juice is usually served iced and it is available on the Hogwarts Express. Also it was drunk on any occasion, such as breakfast, lunch, feasts, and other special events.

History

Pumpkin juice was readily available in both the United States of America and Great Britain. Sisters Tina and Queenie Goldstein kept pumpkin juice at their New York apartment in 1926.[2]

In Great Britain, pumpkin juice could be purchased on the Hogwarts Express and was included with meals at Hogwarts.

While flying to Hogwarts in the Flying Ford Anglia with Ron Weasley, Harry Potter ate too much toffee and began to fantasize about drinking "ice-cold pumpkin juice" from the Hogwarts Express trolley. When they crashed the car into the Whomping Willow, McGonagall made sandwiches and pumpkin juice appear on Snape's desk.[3] 

Severus Snape threatened to put some Veritaserum in Harry Potter's evening pumpkin juice to get the truth when he thought the Gryffindors were stealing Polyjuice Potion ingredients as they had done the year before. This time, it was Fake-Moody, getting ingredients to keep his identity a secret.[4]  This explained why Moody had ignored his flagon of pumpkin juice at the first-night feast and drank from a flask instead — he wasn't just afraid of being poisoned, but needed to keep drinking the potion.[5]

Hermione Granger spilled her pumpkin juice when she found out there were over 100 house-elves living and working Hogwarts, yet she hadn't seen one.[6]

Dolores Umbridge offered Harry Potter pumpkin juice in 1996 when she wanted to secretly administer Veritaserum to him, but he chose tea instead.

Harry Potter pretended to put the potion Felix Felicis into Ron Weasley's pumpkin juice at breakfast to give him confidence for a Quidditch match with Slytherin in sixth year, and it worked. They ended up winning the match for Gryffindor.

Behind the scenes

  • It seems to have taken on the same role that orange juice has in the Muggle world, though orange juice is sometimes consumed in the wizarding world as well.
  • Mugglenet.com has a page with a pumpkin juice recipe that you can make at home.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter Wizard's CollectionLabel Collection book (see this image)
  2. The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, page 34
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - Chapter 5 (The Whomping Willow)
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
  5. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
  6. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)