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A potion brewing in a Silver Cauldron.

Hermione during Potion class

Hermione Granger making potion in the Potions class in 1996.

Potions (Latin potio, 'beverage') are magical mixtures commonly brewed in cauldrons and used to create various effects on the drinker. A wizard or witch who specialises in potion brewing is known as a potioneer.

Potions are brewed from ingredients with magical properties. Potions can be used as medicine, lethal poison, or give the drinker any effect from strength enhancement to immunity to flames. Potions are not necessarily used by drinking, as some can be applied by physical contact or create an effect simply by being created, such as the Regeneration Potion. According to former Hogwarts Potions master, Professor Severus Snape, potions can "bewitch the mind, ensnare the senses and even put a stopper in death."

Potions must be brewed carefully to achieve the proper effects. In certain cases, those are brewed incorrectly or in a dirty cauldron can become poisons.[1][2] In other cases, even potions that have been brewed correctly may in some cases have deleterious effects, even if their intended effect is beneficial; for example, Felix Felicis causes recklessness and overconfidence when used more than sparingly,[3] while the Elixir to Induce Euphoria has side-effects such as excessive singing and nose-tweaking, though these can be countered by adding peppermint.[4]

There is a Potions class, devoted to the study of potion recipes and effects, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

There exists a Potions Association that oversees the labeling of certain potions, and possibly other aspects.

Supplies used in Potion Making

Texts on Potions

Behind the scenes

  • Brewing potions is an activity that can be performed on Pottermore to earn House points.
  • J. K. Rowling has noted that - even if they were to follow the instructions exactly and had all the ingredients - a Muggle could not brew a potion because there is always the need to channel magic at some point, at some stage one would have to use a wand.[5] In Pottermore, this is seen as the final step of brewing a Potion is always to wave the wand.
  • An advertisement can be seen in the Quibbler about potion-making called Ancient Potion Maker.
  • In 1996, a business called Potions Lady that specialised in making potions for women placed an ad in the Daily Prophet.


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See Also

Notes and References

  1. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 7 - (The Boggart in the Wardrobe)
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 22 - (St. Mungo's Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries)
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 - (The Half-Blood Prince)
  4. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 22 - (After the Burial)
  5. JK on the prospect of Muggle potioneers

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