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*[[Rose thorn]]s<ref name="HBP/g Website">Check [http://www.harrypotter.ea.com/#/Potions/157 this] on the ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game)]]'' [http://www.harrypotter.ea.com/ Official Website].</ref>
 
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{{Quote|Powerful infatuations can be induced by the skilful potioneer, but never yet has anyone managed to create the truly unbreakable, eternal, unconditional attachment that alone can be called [[Love]].|[[Hector Dagworth-Granger]] on love potions.|The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)}}
 
{{Quote|Powerful infatuations can be induced by the skilful potioneer, but never yet has anyone managed to create the truly unbreakable, eternal, unconditional attachment that alone can be called [[Love]].|[[Hector Dagworth-Granger]] on love potions.|The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)}}
'''Love potions''' are a [[potion|brew]] which causes the drinker to become infatuated or obsessed with the one who gave them the potion.
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'''Love Potions''' are [[potion|brew]]s which cause the drinker to become infatuated or obsessed with the person who gave it to her/him.
   
 
==Ingredients==
 
==Ingredients==
[[Ashwinder egg]]s are a common ingredient in many varieties of love potion,<ref>''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''</ref> as so are [[rose thorn]]s, peppermint and [[Moonstone]].<ref name="HBP/g Website"/>
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[[Ashwinder egg]]s are a common ingredient in many varieties of love potion,<ref>''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''</ref> as are [[rose thorn]]s, peppermint and [[Moonstone]].<ref name="HBP/g Website"/>
   
 
==Effects==
 
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The effect that a Love Potion has will wear off over time. In order to maintain the potion's effect, the giver must continually administer doses, or else the recipient may 'fall out of love" with them.<ref>''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 10</ref> A single dose typically lasts up to 24 hours, but the precise duration is dependent on the weight of the drinker, as well as the attractiveness of the giver.<ref name="hbp6">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 6</ref>
 
The effect that a Love Potion has will wear off over time. In order to maintain the potion's effect, the giver must continually administer doses, or else the recipient may 'fall out of love" with them.<ref>''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 10</ref> A single dose typically lasts up to 24 hours, but the precise duration is dependent on the weight of the drinker, as well as the attractiveness of the giver.<ref name="hbp6">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 6</ref>
   
Love Potion will work regardless of whether the giver is present when the recipient consumes the potion.<ref name="hbp18">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 18</ref> The longer the recipient keeps the potion (or potion-spiked item), the more potent its effect will become, as Love Potion matures over time.<ref name="hbp18" />
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Love Potions will work regardless of whether the giver is present when the recipient consumes them.<ref name="hbp18">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 18</ref> The longer the recipient keeps the potions (or potion-spiked items), the more potent their effect will become, as Love Potions mature over time.<ref name="hbp18" />
   
There is an [[antidote]] to counteract the effect of Love Potions, but, even after it has been given, one will still retain all the embarrassing memories of how they acted under the influence of the Love Potion.<ref name="hbp18" /> The Love Potion can cancel out the effects of a [[Hate Potion]], and vice versa, as they are opposite of each other.
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There is an [[antidote]] to counteract the effect of Love Potions, but, even after it has been given, one will still retain all the embarrassing memories of how they acted under the influence of the administered Potion.<ref name="hbp18" /> Love Potions can cancel out the effects of a [[Hate Potion]], and vice versa, as they are the opposite of each other.
   
 
==Varieties==
 
==Varieties==
 
{{Quote|And they've ordered Fred and George's Love Potions, which I'm sorry to say probably work.|Hermione Granger|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
 
{{Quote|And they've ordered Fred and George's Love Potions, which I'm sorry to say probably work.|Hermione Granger|Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince}}
   
[[File:Laverne de Montmorency.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Laverne de Montmorency with one of the Love Potions she invented.]]
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[[File:Laverne_de_Montmorency.jpg|thumb|left|140px|Laverne de Montmorency with one of the Love Potions she invented.]]
[[Laverne de Montmorency]] invented a number of different Love Potions in the [[1800s]].<ref>[[Famous Wizard Card]] {{Comment|Laverne de Montmorency}}</ref> [[Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes]] sold a whole "range" of Love Potions in [[1996]], including [[Cupid Crystals]], [[Kissing Concoction]], [[Beguiling Bubbles]] and [[Twilight Moonbeams]], further suggesting that there is more than one kind, each of which might have a unique effect.<ref name="hbp6" />
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[[Laverne de Montmorency]] invented a number of different Love Potions in the [[1800s]].<ref>[[Famous Wizard Card]] {{Comment|Laverne de Montmorency}}</ref> [[Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes]] sold a whole "range" of Love Potions in [[1996]], including [[Cupid Crystals]], [[Kissing Concoction]], [[Beguiling Bubbles]] and [[Twilight Moonbeams]], further suggesting that there is more than one kind, possibly each with its own unique effect.<ref name="hbp6" />
   
 
[[Amortentia]] is the strongest Love Potion in the world. It is recognisable by its mother-of-pearl sheen and by the spiraling steam that rises from it. The smell of the potion varies from person to person and is dependent upon what each individual finds appealing.<ref name="hbp9" />
 
[[Amortentia]] is the strongest Love Potion in the world. It is recognisable by its mother-of-pearl sheen and by the spiraling steam that rises from it. The smell of the potion varies from person to person and is dependent upon what each individual finds appealing.<ref name="hbp9" />
   
==Use of Love potion==
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==Use of love potion==
[[File:RonDaydreaming.jpg|thumb|left|210px|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] thinking about [[Romilda Vane]] under the influence of Love Potion.]]
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[[File:RonDaydreaming.jpg|thumb|150px|[[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] thinking about [[Romilda Vane]] under the influence of Love Potion.]]
Love Potions are possibly banned at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 27</ref>, but this has not stopped students from making them, or from trying to win hearts by their use. Even [[Molly Weasley]] admitted to having brewed a Love Potion when she was a girl at Hogwarts. <ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 5</ref>Normally, a Love Potion is hidden in food or drinks so the intended victim won't notice.
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Love Potions are probably banned at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry]] <ref>,''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'', Chapter 27</ref> but this has not stopped students from making them, or from trying to win hearts by their use. Even [[Molly Weasley]] admitted to having brewed a Love Potion when she was a girl at Hogwarts.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'', Chapter 5</ref> Normally, a Love Potion is hidden in food or drinks so the intended victim won't notice.
   
On Valentine's Day, [[1992]], [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] implored his co-workers to join him in celebrating the occasion, suggesting that students should ask [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] how to brew a Love Potion. Snape did not approve of this, and "was looking as though the first person to ask him for a Love Potion would be force-fed poison."
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On [[Valentine's Day]], [[1992]], [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] implored his co-workers to join him in celebrating the occasion, suggesting that students should ask [[Severus Snape|Professor Snape]] how to brew a Love Potion. Snape did not approve of this, and "was looking as though the first person to ask him for a Love Potion would be force-fed [[poison]]."
   
 
In her [[1994|fourth year]], [[Pansy Parkinson]] told [[Rita Skeeter]] that she believed [[Hermione Granger]] was capable of brewing a Love Potion, and that this was the method she thought Hermione had used to win the interest of [[Viktor Krum]] and, allegedly, [[Harry Potter]]. Skeeter published these false claims in ''[[Witch Weekly]]'' and urged [[Albus Dumbledore]] to investigate them further.<ref>''Goblet of Fire'', Chapter 27</ref>
 
In her [[1994|fourth year]], [[Pansy Parkinson]] told [[Rita Skeeter]] that she believed [[Hermione Granger]] was capable of brewing a Love Potion, and that this was the method she thought Hermione had used to win the interest of [[Viktor Krum]] and, allegedly, [[Harry Potter]]. Skeeter published these false claims in ''[[Witch Weekly]]'' and urged [[Albus Dumbledore]] to investigate them further.<ref>''Goblet of Fire'', Chapter 27</ref>
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The [[Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes]] shop began carrying a range of Love Potions as part of its [[WonderWitch]] line in [[1996]].<ref name="hbp6" /> When [[Argus Filch]] banned all Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes products from Hogwarts, [[Fred and George Weasley]] began shipping Love Potions disguised as perfumes and cough potions, allowing Hogwarts students to order Love Potions, despite mandatory searches on [[owl]]s. [[Hermione Granger]] overheard girls in the bathroom discussing ways to sneak [[Harry Potter]] a love potion.<ref name="hbp15">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 15</ref> [[Romilda Vane]] tried to give one of the [[Weasley family|Weasleys]]' Love Potions to [[Harry Potter]] by spiking [[Gillywater]] and a box of [[Chocolate Cauldrons]]. Having been warned by [[Hermione]], Harry refused the Gillywater when Romilda offered it to him, but was forced to accept her chocolates.<ref name="hbp15" /> Harry kept the unopened box in his room until [[March]] of the [[1997|next year]], when [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] found it, and, mistaking it for a birthday gift, ate half the chocolates.<ref name="hbp18" /> Ron instantly became obsessively smitten with Romilda and had to be taken to [[Horace Slughorn]] to be given an [[antidote]].
 
The [[Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes]] shop began carrying a range of Love Potions as part of its [[WonderWitch]] line in [[1996]].<ref name="hbp6" /> When [[Argus Filch]] banned all Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes products from Hogwarts, [[Fred and George Weasley]] began shipping Love Potions disguised as perfumes and cough potions, allowing Hogwarts students to order Love Potions, despite mandatory searches on [[owl]]s. [[Hermione Granger]] overheard girls in the bathroom discussing ways to sneak [[Harry Potter]] a love potion.<ref name="hbp15">''Half-Blood Prince'', Chapter 15</ref> [[Romilda Vane]] tried to give one of the [[Weasley family|Weasleys]]' Love Potions to [[Harry Potter]] by spiking [[Gillywater]] and a box of [[Chocolate Cauldrons]]. Having been warned by [[Hermione]], Harry refused the Gillywater when Romilda offered it to him, but was forced to accept her chocolates.<ref name="hbp15" /> Harry kept the unopened box in his room until [[March]] of the [[1997|next year]], when [[Ronald Weasley|Ron Weasley]] found it, and, mistaking it for a birthday gift, ate half the chocolates.<ref name="hbp18" /> Ron instantly became obsessively smitten with Romilda and had to be taken to [[Horace Slughorn]] to be given an [[antidote]].
   
===Other Uses===
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[[Albus Dumbledore]] believed that [[Merope Gaunt]] used a love potion to obtain the affections of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], a wealthy [[Muggle]] who lived in her [[Little Hangleton|village]] and whom she was infatuated with, as it would seem to be a more romantic method of obtaining his "love" than the also possible method of the [[Imperius Curse]]. She then seemed to stop giving it to him and he ran off, leaving her and her unborn baby to fend for themselves.
* [[Albus Dumbledore]] believed that [[Merope Gaunt]] used a love potion to obtain the affections of [[Tom Riddle Sr.]], a wealthy [[Muggle]] who lived in her [[Little Hangleton|village]] and whom she was infatuated with, as it would seem to be a more romantic method of obtaining his "love" than the also possible method of the [[Imperius Curse]]. She then seemed to stop giving it to him and he ran off, leaving her and her unborn baby to fend for themselves.
 
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] has said that it is of important symbolic significance that [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], incapable of love himself, was conceived in an act of coercion, rather than genuine [[love]].<ref>[http://the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript 30 July, 2007 Bloomsbury webchat]</ref>
 
*[[J. K. Rowling]] has said that it is of important symbolic significance that [[Tom Riddle|Voldemort]], incapable of love himself, was conceived in an act of coercion, rather than genuine [[love]].<ref>[http://the-leaky-cauldron.org/2007/7/30/j-k-rowling-web-chat-transcript 30 July, 2007 Bloomsbury webchat]</ref>
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*Given how easily the potion can be abused to manipulate others, much like the [[Imperius Curse]], it is unclear why the [[British Ministry of Magic|Ministry]] did not ban it, or why Hogwarts allowed it to be part of the Potions curriculum.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''
 
*''[[The Tales of Beedle the Bard (real)|The Tales of Beedle the Bard]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
 
*''[[LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7]]''
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*''[[Famous Wizard Card]]'' {{Comment|Laverne de Montmorency}}
 
*''[[Famous Wizard Card]]'' {{Comment|Laverne de Montmorency}}
 
*''[[Pottermore]]''
 
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==Notes and references==
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[[fr:Philtre d'amour]]
 
[[fr:Philtre d'amour]]
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Love
Love potion
Potion information
Effect

Causes the drinker to become infatuated with the giver of the potion

Side effects

Drinker remembers being under potion's influence and is typically left embarassed because of the potent and obvious effects of the potion on the drinker.

Difficulty level

Advanced

Known ingredients
Inventor(s)
"Powerful infatuations can be induced by the skilful potioneer, but never yet has anyone managed to create the truly unbreakable, eternal, unconditional attachment that alone can be called Love."
Hector Dagworth-Granger on love potions.[src]

Love Potions are brews which cause the drinker to become infatuated or obsessed with the person who gave it to her/him.

IngredientsEdit

Ashwinder eggs are a common ingredient in many varieties of love potion,[2] as are rose thorns, peppermint and Moonstone.[1]

EffectsEdit

Ron: "It's no joke! I'm in love with her!"
Harry: "Alright, fine, you're in love with her! Have you ever actually met her?"
Ron: "No. Can you introduce me?"
Ron Weasley declares his Love Potion-induced feelings for Romilda Vane to Harry Potter[src]

Love Potions ostensibly cause the drinker to fall in love with the person who gave them the potion. However, true love cannot be produced through artificial means, and thus the feelings that Love Potions create are more like obsession than affection.[3]

The effect that a Love Potion has will wear off over time. In order to maintain the potion's effect, the giver must continually administer doses, or else the recipient may 'fall out of love" with them.[4] A single dose typically lasts up to 24 hours, but the precise duration is dependent on the weight of the drinker, as well as the attractiveness of the giver.[5]

Love Potions will work regardless of whether the giver is present when the recipient consumes them.[6] The longer the recipient keeps the potions (or potion-spiked items), the more potent their effect will become, as Love Potions mature over time.[6]

There is an antidote to counteract the effect of Love Potions, but, even after it has been given, one will still retain all the embarrassing memories of how they acted under the influence of the administered Potion.[6] Love Potions can cancel out the effects of a Hate Potion, and vice versa, as they are the opposite of each other.

VarietiesEdit

"And they've ordered Fred and George's Love Potions, which I'm sorry to say probably work."
—Hermione Granger[src]
Laverne de Montmorency
Laverne de Montmorency with one of the Love Potions she invented.
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Laverne de Montmorency invented a number of different Love Potions in the 1800s.[7] Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes sold a whole "range" of Love Potions in 1996, including Cupid Crystals, Kissing Concoction, Beguiling Bubbles and Twilight Moonbeams, further suggesting that there is more than one kind, possibly each with its own unique effect.[5]

Amortentia is the strongest Love Potion in the world. It is recognisable by its mother-of-pearl sheen and by the spiraling steam that rises from it. The smell of the potion varies from person to person and is dependent upon what each individual finds appealing.[3]

Use of love potionEdit

RonDaydreaming
Ron Weasley thinking about Romilda Vane under the influence of Love Potion.
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Love Potions are probably banned at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry [8] but this has not stopped students from making them, or from trying to win hearts by their use. Even Molly Weasley admitted to having brewed a Love Potion when she was a girl at Hogwarts.[9] Normally, a Love Potion is hidden in food or drinks so the intended victim won't notice.

On Valentine's Day, 1992, Gilderoy Lockhart implored his co-workers to join him in celebrating the occasion, suggesting that students should ask Professor Snape how to brew a Love Potion. Snape did not approve of this, and "was looking as though the first person to ask him for a Love Potion would be force-fed poison."

In her fourth year, Pansy Parkinson told Rita Skeeter that she believed Hermione Granger was capable of brewing a Love Potion, and that this was the method she thought Hermione had used to win the interest of Viktor Krum and, allegedly, Harry Potter. Skeeter published these false claims in Witch Weekly and urged Albus Dumbledore to investigate them further.[10]

The Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes shop began carrying a range of Love Potions as part of its WonderWitch line in 1996.[5] When Argus Filch banned all Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes products from Hogwarts, Fred and George Weasley began shipping Love Potions disguised as perfumes and cough potions, allowing Hogwarts students to order Love Potions, despite mandatory searches on owls. Hermione Granger overheard girls in the bathroom discussing ways to sneak Harry Potter a love potion.[11] Romilda Vane tried to give one of the Weasleys' Love Potions to Harry Potter by spiking Gillywater and a box of Chocolate Cauldrons. Having been warned by Hermione, Harry refused the Gillywater when Romilda offered it to him, but was forced to accept her chocolates.[11] Harry kept the unopened box in his room until March of the next year, when Ron Weasley found it, and, mistaking it for a birthday gift, ate half the chocolates.[6] Ron instantly became obsessively smitten with Romilda and had to be taken to Horace Slughorn to be given an antidote.

Albus Dumbledore believed that Merope Gaunt used a love potion to obtain the affections of Tom Riddle Sr., a wealthy Muggle who lived in her village and whom she was infatuated with, as it would seem to be a more romantic method of obtaining his "love" than the also possible method of the Imperius Curse. She then seemed to stop giving it to him and he ran off, leaving her and her unborn baby to fend for themselves.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • J. K. Rowling has said that it is of important symbolic significance that Voldemort, incapable of love himself, was conceived in an act of coercion, rather than genuine love.[12]
  • Given how easily the potion can be abused to manipulate others, much like the Imperius Curse, it is unclear why the Ministry did not ban it, or why Hogwarts allowed it to be part of the Potions curriculum.

See alsoEdit

AppearancesEdit

Bottles of Wonder Witch Love Potions (Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product)
Bottles of WonderWitch Love Potions.
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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Check this on the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (video game) Official Website.
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9
  4. Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 10
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 6
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 18
  7. Famous Wizard Card (Laverne de Montmorency)
  8. ,Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27
  9. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5
  10. Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27
  11. 11.0 11.1 Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15
  12. 30 July, 2007 Bloomsbury webchat


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