"Euphoria, I take it? And what's that I smell? Mmmmm.... you've added just a sprig of peppermint, haven't you? Unorthodox, but what a stroke of inspiration, Harry, of course, that would tend to counterbalance the occasional side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking... I really don't know where you get these brain waves, my boy..."
Horace Slughorn compliments Harry Potter's brewed Elixir to Induce Euphoria[src]

The Elixir to Induce Euphoria is a sunshine-yellow potion that induces a sense of inexplicable, irrational happiness upon the drinker.


Harry brewed this potion in his sixth year while most of his classmates were taking their tests for Apparition licensure. Professor Slughorn set his remaining students the task of creating "something amusing." Harry prepared the potion with the hope that, if he could persuade the professor to taste the potion, Slughorn would be in "such a good mood that he would be prepared to hand over" the memory about young Voldemort and his search for information about Horcruxes.[2] According to the Half-Blood Prince's instructions, the potion recipe was heavily altered.

Brewing instructions

To brew this potion, follow these steps[1]:

  1. Add Shrivelfig
  2. Add Porcupine quills
  3. Stir four times anti-clockwise
  4. Add a sprig of Peppermint to counteract side-effects
  5. Add Sopophorous beans
  6. Add Wormwood
  7. Stir six times anti-clockwise


As the name implies, this potion induces sudden euphoria in the drinker - excessive singing and nose-tweaking are possible side-effects (a sprig of peppermint added to the potion during preparation helps to counterbalance these).

Behind the scenes

  • As an elixir, the potion must be sweet and aromatic (as elixirs are, by definition). This would fit with the potion's nature.
  • Given that every potion must have a magical component to complete the brewing process, the most likely spell to complete this potion's brewing is a Cheering Charm.
  • The sixth video game shows the recipe as thus[3]:
  1. Add peppermint until the potion turns red.
  2. Add shrivelfig until the potion turns turquoise.
  3. Stir until it turns blue.
  4. Allow the potion to simmer till it turns yellow.
  5. Add porcupine quills till the potion turns blue.
  6. Allow the potion to simmer till it turns purple.
  7. Add seven castor beans.
  8. Allow the potion to simmer till it turns brown.
  9. Add shrivelfig till the potion turns pink.
  10. Allow the potion to simmer till it turns orange.
  11. Add wormwood till the potion turns yellow.


Notes and references

Potions (class)
Professors: 16th century Professor · Vindictus Veridian · Severus Snape · Horace Slughorn
Textbooks: Magical Drafts and Potions · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Advanced Potion-Making · Moste Potente Potions · A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick, and Surgery
Potions at Hogwarts: Potions Classroom · Potions Staircase · Potions basement · Potions Club · Potion Master's office · Potion Master's storeroom · Dungeon Five · Cauldron cupboard
Potioneers: Arsenius Jigger · Damocles · Glover Hipworth · Golpalott · Gregory the Smarmy · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Hector Dagworth-Granger · Hesper Starkey · J. Pippin · Laverne de Montmorency · Libatius Borage · Regulus Moonshine · Rubens Winikus · Sacharissa Tugwood · Tilden Toots · Dr. Ubbly · Zygmunt Budge
Potions Studied: Boil-Cure Potion · Forgetfulness Potion · Hair-Raising Potion · Shrinking Solution · Undetectable Poisons · Wiggenweld Potion · Girding Potion · Antidotes · Strengthening Solution · Everlasting Elixirs · Felix Felicis · Draught of Living Death · Amortentia · Elixir to Induce Euphoria · Hiccoughing Solution · Poison Antidote · Swelling Solution · Draught of Peace · Wit-Sharpening Potion · Polyjuice Potion