#AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z #HarryPotter – Z is for Zonko’s Joke Shop


Z is another tricky letter in the April A to Z Challenge, especially when the theme is a bit narrow when it comes to that letter. The world of Harry Potter has just a few options that begin with the letter Z, and they are very minor characters – like Zacharias Smith and Blaise Zabini. They aren’t explored in much detail at all. The only Z that I can think of to write on is a joke shop that was once the favorite haunt of many Hogwarts students, including the chief mischief-making dynamic duo of Fred and George Weasley.

Zonko’s Joke Shop was located in Hogsmeade, so any student of Hogwarts from third year onward could visit it and procure joke merchandise. These included things like Dungbombs and Sugar Quills. The joke shop is mentioned quite a few times in the series. It is quite famous, and even Remus Lupin uses the name to dismiss the Marauder’s Map as not dangerous, even though he knew what the map really was.

There is a possibility that the joke shop also took orders from the students of Hogwarts by owl order, as Argus Filch, the caretaker of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, was tipped off by someone that a student was sending an owl-post order for dungbombs in the fourth book. It leads to the scene where Filch confronts Harry who was sending a letter, and Cho comes to Harry’s defence.

Another instance that Zonko’s is remembered for is when Fred and George Weasley, its former patrons, try to buy the shop for a Hogsmeade branch of Weasley Wizarding Wheezes. Though mentioned only fleetingly, it served to show that Fred and George had become hugely successful as entrepreneurs and their success enabled them to even contemplate such an idea.

It is not known what happened to the shop after the Dark times in books 6 and 7. But I still hope that Zonko’s became the Hogsmeade branch of WWW. It would have been a big achievement for George and something that would have brought Fred’s spirit a lot of happiness and peace.

How fast time seems to fly by. I remember taking part in the first ever April A to Z Challenge, where for the month of April (except for Sundays) we write on themes around the 26 alphabets. This year marks the 7th Blogging from A to Z Challenge, and my 7th as well. I’ve successfully completed 4 of the 6 years before, so hoping for a fabulous 5th year of blogging success. You can go here if you want to know more about what the challenge is. My theme this year is ‘The World of Harry Potter’.

(© 30th April 2016)


Poetry & writing are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

8 thoughts on “#AtoZChallenge @AprilA2Z #HarryPotter – Z is for Zonko’s Joke Shop”

    • I did mention Zabini at the start of the post, Mithila. 🙂 But I didn’t know enough to write a post on him.

      True. He might not have wanted to, but then again, it was the twins’ wish. So he may have. 😀 I think he would. To ensure generations of mischief makers. 😉

  1. Ohh…how could I miss a Harry Potter themed AtoZ marathon?! I’d almost forgotten about the Zonko’s, thanks for the reminder 😉 .
    P.S, gonna read the rest of the posts right away!
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  2. Zonko’s was a shop that inspired one of the most amazing, happy twists ever in the series – Fred and George becoming insanely successful. A fitting finale to an amazing series of posts. Hoping to see a similar theme for next year. You go, Leo!

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