One of the biggest reasons fans love the Harry Potter series so much is how good J.K. Rowling is at weaving magical elements into real life. It’s a world where, in our Muggle existences, we can look at a normal toilet in a public restroom and think, “If I were magical, I’d probably be able to flush myself down one of these and be at the Ministry of Magic, but since I’m not, off to my tech-startup desk job I go.”
The food in Harry Potter is no different. Wizards and witches eat a lot of the same stuff we do, regardless of where they live. Like Fleur Delacour, the sassy French witch who competes in the Triwizard Tournament but also can’t live without her bouillabaisse. There are also specialties unique to the Harry Potter universe, particularly when it comes to sweets—which are perfect for breakfast. So here are ten breakfast options you could find at Hogwarts and in real life, if you feel like starting your day like you’re really in the Great Hall instead of an all-hands meeting.
According to the Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection box set, the Cauldron Cake was born in 1854 in Pakistan and mass-produced by Qizilbash Quality Confectionary. In Harry’s world, it’s basically exactly what it sounds like: a cake shaped like a cauldron. It’s one of the first wizarding sweets he tries, on the Hogwarts Express. And while Cauldron Cakes aren’t served for breakfast traditionally at Hogwarts, we’re sure many a student smuggled some in from Hogsmeade and ate it in their four-poster bed when they were feeling antisocial in the morning.
You can actually get Cauldron Cakes at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, including at a baked-goods counter inside Honeydukes. Oh, and they’re chocolate, because life is beautiful. And if you don’t happen to be nearby, you can always make your own Cauldron Cakes.
Cornish pasties—a flaky baked pastry with a meat-based filling—are a pretty traditional British dish. But in Harry’s world, you can get them filled with pumpkin. Um, yes please? Harry buys these from the Hogwarts Express food trolley, too, and they always stuck out to me as something I’d want to try for breakfast (especially in the fall). To my knowledge, my only bet is to make them myself. Luckily there are tons of pumpkin pasties recipes online to help me do just that ASAP.
Beware, American folks who love pudding: This isn’t what it sounds like, and if you’re expecting a Snack Pack, you’re going to be disappointed. It’s actually a blood sausage, traditionally served with British and Irish breakfasts; in fact, one of my favorite pubs in downtown Orlando, Harp & Celt, includes it with the Traditional Irish Breakfast they offer on Sundays. In Harry Potter, it’s served regularly in the Great Hall—including during the scene when an unapologetic Fleur turns her nose up at Hogwarts’ food and demands the bouillabaisse. Not gonna lie, I probably would, too.
Kippers are dried fish cured with salt, served specifically during breakfast in the Great Hall. I honestly can’t imagine any scenario where I’d want dried fish with my orange juice, and therefore can especially not imagine that a bunch of teenagers would be down with eating this for breakfast, but different cultures, I guess. I do enjoy bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese, so maybe I’m just being judgmental. Maybe there’s a sauce. Sauce fixes everything.
Although the first thing that comes to mind when I think of porridge is “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and not Harry Potter, it’s basically what we call oatmeal here in America. It’s served throughout the Harry Potter series both in and outside of Hogwarts, and Ron Weasley likes to put sugar in his because Ron is apparently a genius when it comes to making things more edible and pretty much nothing else (sorry, Ron—love you, but you’re not the brightest).
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These two cold cereals aren’t mentioned in the Harry Potter book series, but they are seen in the movies during breakfast scenes and in the LEGO Harry Potter video games. From what we can gather, respectively, they’re like Cheerios and maybe Corn Pops? Or a hybrid of Corn Pops and Golden Crisp or Honey Smacks? I’m not really sure, but I know they sound better than porridge (even after master-flavor-enhancer Ron gets his hands on it).
This is another one that isn’t pudding in the American sense, but at least this one isn’t made from animal blood. It’s made from a batter (*relieved sigh*), and is traditionally served at Hogwarts dinners. But without meat and gravy, it could probably make a good biscuit. Pair that baby with sausage gravy, and now we’re talking.
It took me more time than it should’ve to Google “treacle” when I started reading Harry Potter, considering it’s mentioned a lot. It’s another word for molasses, which isn’t that appetizing on its own although we all know how good gingerbread cookies are. Treacle tarts are made from a golden version of treacle and served in the Great Hall for dessert a lot (they’re Harry’s fave), but I’m pretty sure it’d be easy for to persuade a house elf to bake a batch for breakfast.
A crumpet is sort of like an English muffin, but not—think English muffin-meets-pancake. It’s basically a griddle cake that’s usually eaten with butter (which sinks nicely into its English muffin-ish holes, aw yisss) and served with tea. We see them pretty regularly in the Great Hall, but you can probably easily whip up a crumpets recipe your own. And if you have any leftovers after your Potter-themed breakfast, you can always use them for a fancy tea party in the afternoon.
Pumpkin juice is EVERYWHERE in the Wizarding World, and I can vouch for the fact that the IRL version at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter tastes like a combination of apple cider and pumpkin spice, so basically heaven in a bottle that’s totally worth the $6 price tag. Plus, you can use the cute little plastic pumpkin bottle-toppers for Halloween decorations. Not that I know anyone who has been cheap enough to do that, psh.