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Professor Sprout: "Bubotubers. They need squeezing. You will collect the pus-"
Seamus Finnigan: "The what?"
Professor Sprout: "Pus, Finnigan, pus."
Pomona Sprout and Seamus Finnigan in 1994[src]

A bubotuber was a type of magical plant, the visible part of which resembled a large, thick, black slug. This portion of the plant also squirmed of its own volition. The surface of a bubotuber was covered in shiny protrusions, which when squeezed yielded a thick, yellowish-green pus that had an odour akin to that of gasoline/petrol.

In 1994, Bubotubers were discussed in Fourth year Herbology classes.[1] They also were described in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi.[2]

Habitat

Bubotuber

It is unknown where bubotubers originate from, but they can be found in the Forbidden Forest and are kept at the Hogwarts greenhouses.

Use of pus

Main article: Bubotuber pus

Bubotuber pus acts as a treatment for severe acne, but undiluted pus can affect unprotected skin in unintended ways. This suggests that bubotuber pus is a topical treatment, but that the actual salve consists of the pus either diluted in a solution or mixed with other ingredients.

History

During the 1994–1995 school year, Hermione Granger was sent a letter full of bubotuber pus by an unknown person who evidently believed the slanderous Rita Skeeter article that claimed that Hermione was toying with the affections of both Harry Potter and Viktor Krum.[3]

Carpe

Harry using Carpe Retractum against a bubotuber

Etymology

  • The name "Bubotuber" seems to be a compound of the words "bubo", the swelling of the lymph nodes seemingly like a large blister that accompanies infections like the bubonic plague, tuberculosis, or syphilis, and "tuber", referring to the fleshy, thickened underground stem of a plant, usually containing stored starch, like a potato. Both seem to be in reference to the appearance of the plant.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 13 (Mad-Eye Moody)
  2. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Side Quest "Trouble wit Tonks"
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 28 (The Madness of Mr Crouch)


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