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"There will be no foolish wand-waving or silly incantations in this class. As such, I don't expect many of you to appreciate the subtle science and exact art that is potion-making. However, for those select few... Who possess, the predisposition... I can teach you how to bewitch the mind and ensnare the senses. I can tell you how to bottle fame, brew glory, and even put a stopper in death."
Professor Snape's introduction of the subject[src]

Potions is a core class and subject taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In this class, students learn the correct way to brew potions, following specific recipes and using various magical ingredients to create the potions, starting with simple ones first and moving to more advanced ones as they progress in knowledge. A standard potions kit includes plant ingredients such as Belladonna and supplies such as glass phials and weighing scales.

The professor of this subject is referred to as a potions master. Professor Severus Snape was the potions master at Hogwarts for many years.

Class information

"When they arrived in the corridor they saw that there were only a dozen people progressing to N.E.W.T. level."
Harry Potter on the very few people who were able to advance[src]
Potions

A potions classroom

At Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Potions is a required subject for students, from the first year to the fifth year. Potion recipes can be found in many books, including the books the students at Hogwarts use in their classes, but the intricacies of timing, ageing, stirring techniques, and bottling which are much more difficult to learn without the mentoring of the experienced masters. Certain ingredients can be found in the cupboard in the classroom, but others have to be bought before the start of the year at the apothecary. Around 1981, Severus Snape became the professor of Potions at Hogwarts; he served as the school's potions professor through 1996, when he was replaced by Horace Slughorn.

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Severus Snape, potions master

Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations are taken at the end of a student's fifth year; as such students are spent learning Ordinary Wizarding Level potions and possibly revisiting the past four years of lessons. As part of their Potions O.W.L., students must sit a written exam one of the questions asks to describe Polyjuice Potion and its purpose and after sudents must complete a practical exam. Professor Snape mentions that achieving a high mark at Ordinary Wizarding Level is difficult.,[2] which was later demonstrated in 1996, when only twelve students reached the required level to advance to N.E.W.T. Potions.[3]

When Severus Snape was the professor, students had to achieve an 'Outstanding' on their O.W.L. in order to take his advanced class. As Head of House, Professor Snape tended to favour students from Slytherin House more than other students, so Slytherins tended to do better than others at the subject.

On the other hand, Horace Slughorn was more lenient; Harry and Ron were both allowed to continue to the N.E.W.T. class with an 'Exceeds Expectations' O.W.L. He also does not grant Slytherins special treatments, thus having them lose their advantage in good classwork.[3]

Location and time

Potions lessons take place in the Hogwarts Dungeons.[4]

Classroom layout

The classroom used to be squared-sized, very large, with large tables and windows. In the corner resides a stone basin used to wash students' hands and ladles. From 1992-onwards, the classroom was of an oval shape and relatively smaller, with small work tables. In 1996, the classroom was extended, adding space for more work tables.

Lesson times

  • First year
    • Monday (first period)
    • Wednesday (first period)
    • Friday (first & second period)
  • Second year
    • Monday (first period)
    • Wednesday (third period)
    • Friday (third period)
  • Third year
    • Monday (fourth period)
    • Tuesday (afternoon)
    • Thursday (third period)
    • Friday (first period)
  • Fourth year
    • Thuesday (third period)
    • Friday (fourth & fifth period)
  • Fifth year
    • Monday (last half of second period)
  • Sixth year
    • Monday (after lunch)
  • Seventh year
    • Unknown

Curriculum

First year

"Snape made them all nervous, breathing down their necks while they tried to remember how to make a Forgetfulness Potion."
—First year exam in 1992[src]
Cure-for-boils

Cure for Boils

Second year

Third year

Antidote-to-common-poisons

Antidote to Uncommon Poisons

Fourth year

Fifth year

"I think it appropriate to remind you that next June you will be sitting a important examination, during which you will prove how much you have learned about the composition and use of magical potions."
Professor Snape regarding the potions exam[src]

Sixth year

" [...] These are the kind of things you ought to be able to make after after completing your N.E.W.T.s. "
Professor Slughorn referring to the potions that will be covered sixth year [src]
Polyjuice-potion

Polyjuice Potion

Known professors

Required textbooks

Potion making

Advanced Potion-Making required N.E.W.T.-level textbook

Grades

Pass

Fail

Known O.W.L.s

Media

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Behind the scenes

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Padma Patil, Dean Thomas, Hermione Granger, Neville Longbottom, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown, Leanne and Seamus Finnigan in Potions class.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Wands are needed to perform Potion-making spells and spells to analyse the ingridents of potions, like Specialis revelio.
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - Chapter 9 (Half-blood Prince)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone


Potions (class)
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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


Wizarding Education
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Schools: Beauxbatons Academy of Magic · Brazilian wizarding school · Durmstrang Institute · Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry · Koldovstoretz · Mahoutokoro School of Magic · Salem Witches' Institute (possibly) · Uagadou School of Magic
Specialised schools: Academy of Broom Flying · Charm School · Euro-Glyph School of Extraordinary Languages · Merge School of Under-Water Spellage · Wizarding Academy of Dramatic Arts
Examinations: First year exams · Second year exams · Third year exams · Fourth year exams · Ordinary Wizarding Level · Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Test
Core classes: Astronomy · Charms · Defence Against the Dark Arts · Herbology · History of Magic · Potions · Transfiguration
Elective classes: Alchemy · Arithmancy · Care of Magical Creatures · Divination · Muggle Studies · Study of Ancient Runes
Extra-curricular classes: Apparition · Advanced Arithmancy Studies · Ancient Studies · Art · Flying · Frog Choir · Ghoul Studies · Hogwarts orchestra · Magical Theory · Muggle Art · Muggle Music · Music · Xylomancy

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