"It sprang to life at once; long, prickly, bramble-like vines flew out of the top and whipped through the air... Harry succeeded in trapping a couple of vines and knotting them together; a hole opened in the middle of all the tentacle-like branches... Hermione snatched her arm free, clutching in her fingers a pod... At once, the prickly vines shot back inside and the gnarled stump sat there looking like an innocently dead lump of wood"
—The trio dealing with the Snargaluff plant in sixth year Herbology class[src]

The Snargaluff is a plant with the appearance of a gnarled stump, but hides dangerous thorn-covered vines that attack when provoked and is usually best handled by more than one person. It contains green pulsating pods, about the size of a grapefruit, which can be extracted. These are then broken open and the contents, which resemble pale green tubers, collected in bowls. Sixth year Herbology students learn to extract these pods. They are best when fresh.[1]


On 1 December 1926, The New York Ghost featured a game "Spot the Snargaluff" on page 16 of their Sunset Final edition.[2]

At the end of the 1986–1987 school year, this plant was taught to Jacob's sibling by their House Prefect as a farewell gift.[3]


A snargaluff plant

The Lovegood family had some of these plants (or, at least, stumps resembling Snargaluffs) in the garden in front of their house.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Professor Sprout, Peeves and other students of Hogwarts used Snargaluff pods as weapons against the attacking Death Eaters.


Notes and references

Herbert Beery · Miranda Goshawk · Elladora Ketteridge · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand · Selina Sapworthy
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Goshawk's Guide to Herbology · Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wonderous Water Plants
Plants studied at Hogwarts
Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Devil's Snare · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Mandrake · Mimbulus Mimbletonia · Nettle · Puffapod · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wormwood · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice
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