Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Skiving Snackbox
|Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic|
|Features||Various ways of becoming temporarily ill|
|First Appearance||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
Skiving Snackboxes, a creation of Fred and George Weasley, are a portable way of escaping from ("skiving off") classes or other duties.
As would be expected of Fred and George, one of the first things they invent for their joke shop, Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes, is a way of escaping from classes. Skiving Snackboxes, which are under development throughout Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, is that escape. Typically, a Skiving Snackbox is a candy with two colored ends; eating from the one end will bring on some sickness, eating from the other end will cure it. In order to secure the fastest escape from class, illnesses caused by Skiving Snackboxes are designed to be dramatic.
Several different Snackboxes are mentioned in passing:
Puking Pastilles cause repeated projectile vomiting; they are the first of the Snackboxes to be mentioned and also the first to be perfected. We see Fred and George demonstrating these in the Gryffindor common room in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix..
Fever Fudge causes a very high fever; a prototype, tested by Fred and George, has a side effect of giving them large, pus-filled boils in a very private place. A later version which makes use of Murtlap tentacles seems to resolve this problem.
Nosebleed Nougat results in a sudden and dramatic nosebleed.
When Katie Bell is hit in the face with a Quaffle during Quidditch practice and gets a nosebleed, Fred accidentally gives her a Blood Blisterpod, one of the raw ingredients, and as a result Katie nearly falls off her broom from blood loss and has to be taken to the Hospital Wing.
They are eventually perfected and are mentioned in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince as being the most popular of the Skiving Snackboxes; at the time of Harry's visit, "only one battered box" remained on the shelves.
In Deathly Hallows, Ron uses one of these to incapacitate Ministry employee Runcorn, allowing Harry to impersonate him.
Fainting Fancies cause the person taking them to pass out. Hermione stops Fred and George from testing these on first years only by threatening to write to their mother.