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A jar of mistletoe berries

The berry of the mistletoe is small, white, and waxy.[1] It is used as an ingredient in potions, including the Antidote to Common Poisons and the Forgetfulness Potion.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • The use of mistletoe berries as an ingredient in the Antidote to Common Poisons is ironic: the non-berry parts of the mistletoe plant are extremely poisonous, causing intense stomach pain,[3] diarrhoea,[3] low pulse,[3] visual disturbances,[4] and convulsions[4] if eaten. However, the berries are considered "relatively non-toxic" if only a small amount are ingested, but can cause stomach upset when eaten in larger quantities.[4]


Notes and references

  1. "Viscum album" on Wikipedia
  2. Mistletoe Berries information in the apothecary on Pottermore
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Mistletoe" on Wikipedia
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Berries and Seeds" from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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