The Cure for Boils (also known as simply Boil Cure) is a potion which cures boils. It is an elementary potion taught to first year students at Hogwarts. Its recipe can be found in Magical Drafts and Potions.
When brewing the potion, the cauldron must be taken off the fire before adding the porcupine quills, or, as Neville Longbottom found out, the cauldron will melt and create a horrid odour, and if it spills will cause the skin to erupt in vicious boils.
If the potion is made successful, there will be pink smoke raising from the cauldron.
- Add 6 snake fangs to the mortar.
- Crush into a fine powder using the pestle.
- Add 4 measures of the crushed fangs to your cauldron.
- Heat the mixture to 250 for 10 seconds.
- Wave your wand.
- Leave to brew and return in 33-45 minutes.
- Add 4 horned slugs to your cauldron.
- Take the cauldron off the fire before adding the next ingredient.
- Add 2 porcupine quills to your cauldron.
- Stir 5 times, clockwise.
- Wave your wand to complete the potion.
Behind the scenes
- The video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince features a different means of preparation from the canonical one, as featured in detail in Pottermore. The non-canonical potion recipe is thus:
- Heat the cauldron until the potion turns red.
- Heat it again until turns green.
- Pour Flobberworm Mucus until the potion turns pink.
- Heat again until it turns orange.
- Mix the dried nettles until it turns green.
- Heat again until it turns blue.
- Mix crushed snake fangs until the potion turns pink.
- Mix Porcupine quills until the potion turns orange.
- Pour stewed horned slugs until it turns turquoise.
- And last, heat the potion until it turns red. (continuing to heat until it turns pink turns the brew more effective)
- Harry Potter for Kinect features another alternative recipe, which is rather similar to a simplified version of the one from the Half-Blood Prince game above:
- Stir the starting potion clockwise until the mixture turns from blue to red.
- Add flobberworm mucus until the potion turns pink.
- Sprinkle in dried nettles into the potion turns green.
- Crush snake fangs in mortar and pestle, then add to cauldron until potion turns yellow.
- Add horned slugs until the potion turns blue.
- Stir clockwise until the potion returns to red.
- The instructions to make this potion, as featured in Pottermore, overlook the fact that the cauldron must be taken off the fire before adding the porcupine quills, as revealed in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. They also omit the addition of dried nettles to the brew.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- The Road to Hogwarts Sweepstakes
- Harry Potter for Kinect
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