I know that they're simply chocolate figures that have been enchanted by magic, but how long does that magic last? Has anyone ever opened up an old box only to find a limp and possibly melted (aka dead) frog?

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    well - "they only have one good jump in them" – NKCampbell Apr 13 '17 at 17:30
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    Imagining a melted one still jumping. Rank! – ThruGog Apr 13 '17 at 18:49
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    @NKCampbell What if takes years for them to get to use that jump? – DCOPTimDowd Apr 13 '17 at 19:08
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    I hope they die when you eat them. That's pretty unsettling to the stomach otherwise – Paul Apr 13 '17 at 20:58
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    @Paul It's pretty unsettling either way. – Rogue Jedi Apr 13 '17 at 21:37

In the books, Chocolate Frogs don't seem to actually move.

Harry first encountered Chocolate Frogs on the Hogwarts Express, when the whole idea of the existence of magic was very new to him.

“What are these?’ Harry asked Ron, holding up a pack of Chocolate Frogs. ‘They’re not really frogs, are they?’ He was starting to feel that nothing would surprise him.”
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)

Ron has to explain what Chocolate Frogs are to Harry, and Harry reacts with wonder and amazement to the Famous Wizard Cards included with them. He doesn't say anything about the Chocolate Frogs moving, which, especially since magic was new to him then and he's surprised at the moving pictures on the cards, seems unlikely that he'd see a moving candy and not acknowledge it in any way.

“No,’ said Ron. ‘But see what the card is, I’m missing Agrippa.’


‘Oh, of course, you wouldn’t know – Chocolate Frogs have cards inside them, you know, to collect – Famous Witches and Wizards. I’ve got about five hundred, but I haven’t got Agrippa or Ptolemy.”
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)

From Harry's lack of reaction, it seems very likely that Chocolate Frogs are simply frog-shaped chocolates, the same way Muggles have gummy worms, and the only really magical thing about them is the cards.

In the movies, there isn't much on how long the spell lasts.

The only information about how long Chocolate Frogs last in the movie is when Ron tells Harry that it's unfortunate Harry's jumped away, since they only have one good jump.

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Other than that, there isn't anything about if the enchantments placed on Chocolate Frogs can wear off or stop working.


Based on films. If we can agree that the frog jumping out of the train in Harry's year one (1991) is the same one which entered it in Albus' first year (2017), we got at least 26 years. I do not think it has ever been clearly stated, but it is that kind of "Feel nostalgic, old kid" film industry moment.

  • I think any years between movies would be considered out-of-universe – DCOPTimDowd Apr 24 '17 at 15:43

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