"It seems that the preparation of aqua vitæ, the "water of life" was a fairly popular "experiment" among European alchemists."
Libatius Borage, Advanced Potion-Making[src]

Aqua Vitæ (also spelt Aquavitæ) is a term used to refer to distillates of alcoholic beverages.[1] The creation of Aqua Vitæ was a common alchemic experiment among European alchemists in the Middle Ages.[2]

Aqua Vitæ was a known component of Belch Powder;[3] 3 gallons of the distillate was a required ingredient.[4]


Notes and references

  1. Aqua Vitae on Wikipedia
  2. "First look at Deathly Hallows props including 'Life and Lies', 'A History of Magic', more" at MuggleNet
  3. Label Collection book in the Harry Potter Wizard's Collection box set.
  4. The label reads: "of Mummy, Mastick, Red Myrrhe, Olibanum, Ammoniacum, Oppopanax, Bdelium, each ʒii. Vitriol ℔ii. Honey, ℔ii. Tartar ℥1,ſs. Aquavitæ, gal.iii." which uses the apothecaries' system of weights.