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[[Severus Snape]] suggested that [[Draco Malfoy]] use it after [[Harry Potter]]'s attack on him using ''[[Sectumsempra]]'', saying it may prevent any lasting scarring, if taken immediately.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
 
[[Severus Snape]] suggested that [[Draco Malfoy]] use it after [[Harry Potter]]'s attack on him using ''[[Sectumsempra]]'', saying it may prevent any lasting scarring, if taken immediately.<ref name="HBP">''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''</ref>
   
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[[File:DH1 Ron Weasley splinched, Hermione using dittany.jpg|thumb|left|[[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] applying some essence of dittany on [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] after he was [[Splinch|splinched]].]]
 
[[Hermione Granger]] used Essence of Dittany to heal [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]'s arm when he [[splinch]]ed it [[Apparition|Disapparating]] soon after the trio's [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|escape]] from the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1997]]. She used it again to heal the snake bite Harry received on his arm from [[Nagini]] after they were [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|attacked]] in [[Godric's Hollow]].
 
[[Hermione Granger]] used Essence of Dittany to heal [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]]'s arm when he [[splinch]]ed it [[Apparition|Disapparating]] soon after the trio's [[Infiltration of the Ministry of Magic|escape]] from the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry of Magic]] in [[1997]]. She used it again to heal the snake bite Harry received on his arm from [[Nagini]] after they were [[Attack at Godric's Hollow (1997)|attacked]] in [[Godric's Hollow]].
   
It must be quite rare, because Hermione was only able to obtain a small bottle of it for her, Harry and Ron's travels.<ref name="DH"/> Alternatively, as only small amounts are needed to heal the various wounds the trio aquire, perhaps a little goes a long way. Essence of Dittany is described as a brown liquid.
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Dittany might be quite rare, because Hermione was only able to obtain a small bottle of it for her, Harry and Ron's travels.<ref name="DH"/> Alternatively, as only small amounts are needed to heal the various wounds the trio aquire, perhaps a little goes a long way. Essence of Dittany is described as a brown liquid.
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
[[File:DH1 Ron Weasley splinched, Hermione using dittany.jpg|thumb|left|[[Hermione Granger|Hermione]] applying some essence of dittany on [[Ronald Weasley|Ron]] after he was [[Splinch|splinched]].]]
 
 
'Dittany' comes from the Ancient Greek δίκταμνον, supposedly Δικτή, meaning Dicte. Dicte is a mountain in Crete, the plant grew on.
 
'Dittany' comes from the Ancient Greek δίκταμνον, supposedly Δικτή, meaning Dicte. Dicte is a mountain in Crete, the plant grew on.
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*There are a number of real-world plants with the common name dittany. Though its description in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|video game adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' matches most closely with that of ''[[Wikipedia:Dictamnus|Dictamnus albus]]'', ''{{wplink|Origanum dictamnus}}'' has a more significant history of being used as a medicinal plant, and is thus more likely to be the type of dittany [[J.K. Rowling]] had in mind.
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* There are a number of real-world plants with the common name dittany. Though its description in the [[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)|video game adaptation]] of ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' matches most closely with that of ''{{wplink|Dictamnus albus}}'', ''{{wplink|Origanum dictamnus}}'' has a more significant history of being used as a medicinal plant, and is thus more likely to be the type of dittany [[J.K. Rowling]] had in mind.
*In ''[[The Wizard and the Hopping Pot]]'', a sick baby is doused in dittany and wakes well and rosy.
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* In ''[[The Wizard and the Hopping Pot]]'', a sick baby is doused in dittany and wakes well and rosy.
*In [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/holland/pliny8.html Book 8 of Natural History]<ref>http://penelope.uchicago.edu/holland/pliny8.html</ref>, Pliny the Elder stated that deer consume dittany to remove arrows from their wounds, which revealed the plant's healing virtues. Twice in the Harry Potter series, dittany is mentioned in connection to an individual whose [[Patronus Charm|corporeal Patronus]] is a [[Deer|stag]] or a doe. After Draco Malfoy is attacked by Harry, Severus Snape recommended the use of dittany to prevent scarification. Later Hermione uses the Essence of Dittany to heal Harry's snake bite.
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* In [http://penelope.uchicago.edu/holland/pliny8.html Book 8 of Natural History]<ref>http://penelope.uchicago.edu/holland/pliny8.html</ref>, Pliny the Elder stated that deer consume dittany to remove arrows from their wounds, which revealed the plant's healing virtues. Twice in the Harry Potter series, dittany is mentioned in connection to an individual whose [[Patronus Charm|corporeal Patronus]] is a [[Deer|stag]] or a doe. After Draco Malfoy is attacked by Harry, Severus Snape recommended the use of dittany to prevent scarification. Later Hermione uses the Essence of Dittany to heal Harry's snake bite.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone]]'' {{1st}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Motorbike Escape]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Motorbike Escape]]''
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{Mention}}
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* ''[[Pottermore]]'' {{Mention}}
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
*{{reflist}}
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[[fr:Dictame]]
 
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Dittany
Dittany
Species information
Alternative names

Burning Bush[1]

Distinction(s)

It sometimes releases flammable vapours[1]

Usage

Dittany is a magical plant used in Potion-making, and is a powerful healing herb and restorative. Its use makes fresh skin grow over a wound, and after application, the wound seems several days old.[2] In addition to its essence being applied topically, the raw plant can be consumed to heal shallow wounds.[3] Shredded Dittany is an ingredient in the creation of the Wiggenweld Potion. Also known as Burning Bush, it sometimes releases flammable vapours.[1]

Severus Snape suggested that Draco Malfoy use it after Harry Potter's attack on him using Sectumsempra, saying it may prevent any lasting scarring, if taken immediately.[4]

DH1 Ron Weasley splinched, Hermione using dittany
Hermione applying some essence of dittany on Ron after he was splinched.
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Hermione Granger used Essence of Dittany to heal Ron Weasley's arm when he splinched it Disapparating soon after the trio's escape from the Ministry of Magic in 1997. She used it again to heal the snake bite Harry received on his arm from Nagini after they were attacked in Godric's Hollow.

Dittany might be quite rare, because Hermione was only able to obtain a small bottle of it for her, Harry and Ron's travels.[2] Alternatively, as only small amounts are needed to heal the various wounds the trio aquire, perhaps a little goes a long way. Essence of Dittany is described as a brown liquid.

Etymology

'Dittany' comes from the Ancient Greek δίκταμνον, supposedly Δικτή, meaning Dicte. Dicte is a mountain in Crete, the plant grew on.

Behind the scenes

  • There are a number of real-world plants with the common name dittany. Though its description in the video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone matches most closely with that of Dictamnus albus, Origanum dictamnus has a more significant history of being used as a medicinal plant, and is thus more likely to be the type of dittany J.K. Rowling had in mind.
  • In The Wizard and the Hopping Pot, a sick baby is doused in dittany and wakes well and rosy.
  • In Book 8 of Natural History[5], Pliny the Elder stated that deer consume dittany to remove arrows from their wounds, which revealed the plant's healing virtues. Twice in the Harry Potter series, dittany is mentioned in connection to an individual whose corporeal Patronus is a stag or a doe. After Draco Malfoy is attacked by Harry, Severus Snape recommended the use of dittany to prevent scarification. Later Hermione uses the Essence of Dittany to heal Harry's snake bite.

Appearances

Notes and references

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