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Wolfsbane
Aconite
Species information
Alternative names
  • Monkshood
  • Wolfsbane
Endemic to
Natural environment

Wild places

Sentience

Non-sentient

Leaves

Very toxic.

Usage

Flowers used in potion-making.

"For your information, Potter, asphodel and wormwood make a sleeping potion so powerful it is known as the Draught of Living Death. A bezoar is a stone taken from the stomach of a goat and it will save you from most poisons. As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite."
—Severus Snape during Harry's first Potions class in 1991.[src]

Aconite (also known as monkshood or wolfsbane) is a plant with magical proprieties. Once widespread, this plant is now only found in wild places. Its flowers are useful in potion-making, but its leaves are very toxic. Aconite is most commonly known as an ingredient of Wolfsbane Potion.[1] The root of aconite can be used as a potion ingredient.

Behind the scenes

  • There are over 250 species of Aconitum, the most common of which are known as aconite, monkshood, or wolfsbane.
  • Aconitum species are highly toxic, although they were used in medicine as a pain-reliever, diuretic, heart sedative, and to induce sweating.[2]
  • In medieval Europe, aconite was often used as poison in animal bait[3] or on arrows used when hunting wolves, hence the herb also became known as wolfsbane.[4]
  • Aconite, a member of the buttercup family, was believed to be an important ingredient in witches' flying ointments.[5][6]
  • Wolfsbane is used in Wideye or Awakening Potion on Pottermore.

Appearances

Notes and references

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