"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[src]

Aconite (also known as monkshood or wolfsbane) is a plant with magical properties. 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.
  • The closed captions for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone erroneously refers to aconite as "akamite."


Notes and references

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