The one known magical variety was Dragon Pox. It was first contracted by wizards and witches who worked with Peruvian Vipertooths. Symptoms included a lasting green tinge to the skin, a green-and-purple rash between the toes, and sneezing sparks. Although generally not fatal, it could prove deadly when contracted by the elderly.
The Fat Friar, a Christian monk and wizard who lived during the Middle Ages, cured many peasants of "the pox" by merely "poking [them] with a stick." This, along with his habit of conjuring rabbits from the communion cup, caused his senior churchmen to become suspicious of him, which lead to his execution.
In the 12th century, Muggles in the village of Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire regularly went to their neighbour Linfred (who, unbeknownst to them, was a wizard) seeking remedies for the ailments that afflicted them. He readily brewed potions for them, including cures for pox and ague.
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Notes and references
- ↑ "Pox" on Wikipedia
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 13 (The Secret Riddle)
- ↑ Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Illness and Disability" at Pottermore
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 2 (In Memoriam)
- ↑ Daily Prophet Newsletters
- ↑ Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Hogwarts Ghosts" at Pottermore
- ↑ 8.0 8.1 Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Potter Family" at Pottermore