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There are many jokes in the Harry Potter books but is there any joke done as April's Fools Day joke?

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    Fred and George were born on April Fools Day. Does that count? – alexwlchan Apr 1 '16 at 14:20
  • @alexwlchan I guess so but does it count as an in-universe joke? :) – vap78 Apr 1 '16 at 17:06
  • Yes, there are. April Fool's Day was the day when Harry's unnamed uncle was first transformed into a monkey named Bob by the evil wizard Moldyvort. Hah! Got you, didn't I? – CHEESE Apr 1 '16 at 17:29
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Yes, there's a brief mention in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Apparently it's a known tradition in the Wizarding world.

‘No wonder they were glad to get shot of him at the Ministry, did you hear him telling Seamus what he did to that witch who shouted “boo” behind him on April Fools’ Day? And when are we supposed to read up on resisting the Imperius Curse with everything else we’ve got to do?’

HP and the Goblet of Fire - Chapter 15: Beauxbatons and Durmstrang


Moving down the canon, there was also a mention of an April Fool's Day prank in the Gamecube version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Stinkitus is a magical disease provoked by breathing the noxious green gas left when one explodes a Stink Pellet. On April 1st, 1979, approximately five-hundred cases of Stinkitus were reported throughout London. This happened because 42-year old Caractacus Phelps dropped no less than eight hundred Stink Pellets from the roof of the Daily Prophet building in Diagon Alley.

Harry Potter Wiki - Stinkitus

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    This answer has been edited twice in the very short time it took me to read it. I saw it evolve, take form.. it was beautiful. – Kalissar Apr 1 '16 at 14:41
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    @Kalissar - You get 5 mins to edit without it showing as an "official" edit. I missed the cutoff and that makes me slightly sad. – Valorum Apr 1 '16 at 14:48
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    Probably not the place to discuss this, but then why not just wait until you're happy with your answer before posting it ? – Kalissar Apr 1 '16 at 14:55
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    @Kalissar Because REP. Post an answer before anyone else does and it's likely to get more upvotes. Right, Richard? ;-) – Rand al'Thor Apr 1 '16 at 15:04
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    @Kalissar - I tend to edit on the fly. Once it's an answer, I usually post it but I'll probably make several sets of revisions, then go away for a bit, then see if any of the comments have suggested other bits of information to add/research, then edit it again later. For example, I've just noticed that the game mentioned doesn't have a link. – Valorum Apr 1 '16 at 15:05

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