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Beautifying Potion
Beautification Potion
Potion information

Enhances the attractiveness of the drinker's physical appearance

  • Changes colour[1]
  • Emits multicolour bubbles[1]
Known ingredients
"As even my own mother used to refer to me as 'Fungus-face', it became clear that my Beautification Potion had been a success."
Zygmunt Budge, Book of Potions.[src]

A Beautification Potion is a potion that transforms the appearance of the drinker, making them seem to be attractive, even if they are not.


Sacharissa Tugwood was an expert at these potions, pioneering their creation and use in the 19th century, although they were not unheard of before her time. In the Middle Ages, Malodora Grymm, a Hag, used a Beautification Potion to trick a King into believing she was beautiful and then married him.[2]

In the 1500s, potioneer Zygmunt Budge developed his own recipe, which he had to test on himself (for it had the limitation of only working on humans or creatures of human-like appearance). His artificial good-looks attracted the attention of Muggle women, who started to circle the desert island in which he lived on small boats, calling things like "cooee!" and "give us a kiss, handsome!". Budge stopped taking the potion forthwith, and frightened the women away by coming up to the shore in his right appearance, wearing nothing but his favourite loincloth.[1]

More contemporaneously, Madam Primpernelle's Beautifying Potions is a shop in Diagon Alley that specialises in getting rid of warts and worse.[3]


1. Collect and grind three fairy wings
2. Add to cauldron
3. Stir slowly
4. Add morning dew
5. Stir vigorously
6. Beat mixture
7. Pop all bubbles
8. Heat to a high temperature
9. Pluck seven petals from fresh rose
10. Add rose petals to cauldron
11. Pop all bubbles
12. Chop dried lady’s mantle
13. Add lady’s mantle to cauldron
14. Stir vigorously
15. Pop all bubbles
16. Gather unicorn hair
17. Add unicorn hair to cauldron
18. Stir vigorously
19. Add ginger root
20. Heat to a medium-low temperature
21. Heat to a high temperature
22 Finally wave your wand over the cauldron to complete.


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