What did Harry Potter get for Christmas? Teen wizard’s Christmas gifts explained

Bruno Cooke December 28, 2020
What did Harry Potter get for Christmas? Teen wizard’s Christmas gifts explained
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Harry Potter’s fortunes change dramatically during the course of the eponymous novels. What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in each one? Read on to find out.

Each of the canonical Harry Potter novels tracks Harry’s adventures over the course of a school year. Because of this, the timeline of each novel contains that most festive time of year – Christmas! 

What did Harry get for Christmas in his third year, or fifth year? Let’s take a look. 

What did Harry Potter get for Christmas in his first year?

In his first year at Hogwarts, or in Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone, Harry receives a wooden flute from Hagrid, a chocolate frog and some Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans from Hermione, an emerald green sweater from his friends the Weasleys, and a measly 50p from his Uncle Vernon and Aunt Petunia. 

Most importantly, Dumbledore gives him an invisibility cloak. This might be Harry Potter’s most useful Christmas present of the whole series as it helps him get out of trouble on more than one occasion.

What did Harry get in his second year?

In Harry’s second year, Hagrid gifts him a large tin of treacle fudge. Ron gives him a book about the Chudley Cannons, entitled Flying With The Cannons, while Hermione gives him an eagle feather quill. 

Mrs Weasley gives Harry a hand-knitted jumper, and a freshly made plum cake. So far so good. The Dursleys, in typical fashion, send him 50p and a note requesting he stay at Hogwarts for the following year’s summer holidays.

What about his third, fourth, fifth and sixth years?

Third year: a scarlet Gryffindor sweater from Mrs Weasley accompanied by a dozen homemade mince pies, a box of nut brittle and a Christmas cake; a Firebolt from Sirius Black (does this take the top spot from Dumbledore’s invisibility cloak?); and the Marauders’ Map from Fred and George Weasley.

Fourth year: another handy gift from Sirius in the form of a penknife; a slightly less handy present from house elf Dobby – a pair of odd socks; Quidditch Teams Of Britain And Ireland (a book) from Hermione; a big bag of Dungbombs from Ron (courtesy of twins Fred and George); another sweater (green this time) from Mrs Weasley, along with another dose of mince pies and a plethora of sweet treats from Hagrid. 

A pattern is emerging. Does Hagrid ever give Harry anything other than sweets?

Fifth year: some handy books from Lupin and Sirius; a fanged wallet from Hagrid (yes, he does!); a model firebolt from Tonks; a big box of beans from Ron; an aggressive diary from Hermione; and, again, a jumper and mince pies from the Weasley parents. And from Dobby? A lovely painting.

Sixth year: another jumper (this one has a golden snitch on the front) from Mrs Weasley, plus a large box of Weasley Wizard Wheezes from sons Fred and George. Kreacher gives Harry a box of maggots, which probably makes him think longingly of the Dursleys’ gifts. 

What does Harry get for Christmas in his seventh year?

Harry, Ron and Hermione don’t find time to celebrate Christmas in his seventh year. Hermione and Harry arrive at Godric’s Hollow on Christmas Eve and visit the graveyard where Harry and Dumbledore’s families are buried.

It is here they encounter the historian Bathilda – or so they think. The conflict that follows incapacitates Harry. He and Hermione spend the Christmas period not-so-festively convalescing in the Forest of Dean.

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Bruno Cooke has been a freelance journalist since 2019, primarily with GRV Media. He was an early contributor to The Focus, and has written for HITC, Groundviews and the Sheffield University newspaper – he earned his MA in Global Journalism there in 2021. He’s the Spoken Word Poetry Editor for The Friday Poem, and self-published his debut novel Reveries in 2019, which his mum called both a “fine read” and “excellent Christmas present”. Bruno has lived in China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines and likes, among other things: bicycle touring, black and white Japanese films, pub quizzes, fermentation and baklava. In 2023, Bruno will set off with his partner on a round-the-world cycle.