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Testing the potion?
In the Half-Blood Prince film, Slughorn tests Potter's potion for potency by dropping a single, red leaf in the cauldron, which appears to burn from the edges in, and disappear. Anyone know what testing process that was implying for this potion? --MidnightLightning 20:53, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
- I assumed he was testing the potency of the poison. He said later something along the lines of, "a few drops of this could kill us all" --Arjayoh 20:56, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
- Although now I recall the potion, this wouldn't make sense as it is in fact a very strong sleeping potion. It shouldn't be poisonous at all. --Arjayoh 20:58, 15 July 2009 (UTC)
Can anyone upload an image?--Rodolphus 16:08, September 29, 2009 (UTC)
On lines one and two of the recipe, most of the text is visible: "Cut up one Sophorus bean. Pour in 250 fLoz. of water and add 5 oz. of African Sea Salt ... beaker. Set the beaker aside after all the Water ... Be very careful not to shake or move ... Pour Sophorous Beans' Juice into the cauldron...ONLY 10 beans are used. ... reduced liquid from the beaker ... " Snape annotates that one is to crush the Sophorus Bean, and that only 3 beans are used. That was all I could get from the brief amount of time the film showed the textbook. Hopefully, I have helped somewhat, and also hopefully, someone with the DVD can rectify any mistakes I might have made and might possibly be able to help with this? Thanks very much :) Hunnie Bunn 00:04, April 12, 2012 (UTC)
- 250 fl.oz. would be 12½ pints Imperial, or just over 15½ pints US; are you sure about that quantity? -- RobertATfm (talk) 02:44, October 3, 2012 (UTC)
- I actually managed to transcribe the entire page (without the Half-Blood Prince's scribbles - most are barely legible):
Draught of Living Death
Before you begin, ensure that you have all the equipment required and all the ingredients are available.
10) Carefully pour the Sophophorus Beans' Juice into the cauldron, making sure that ONLY the juice of 12 beans are used.
13) With your right hand stir the potion anti-clockwise until the potion turns as clear as water.
- N.B.: things in between square brackets are partially obscured in the pictures and are, therefore, educated guesses based on content and on spacing (although I'm pretty sure the wording I put there is correct). Also, I am aware that there is not a step number 09 in the instructions, but that's exactly like it is in the prop shown in the film.
- It is fairly canonical, as goes by what it says in the book (down to the colours the potion turns to), though of course it adds a lot of other information as well. My main beef is: the book strongly suggests that only the juice of ONE sopopherous bean is used (although it's implied, it's never outright stated). Should we say that the juice of 12 beans is used, or the juice of a single bean? -- 23:53, October 3, 2012 (UTC)
- Glad to see the film prop, at the very least, knows this is supposed to be a sleeping potion (interpret the film's dialogue however you want to make it fit into canon, they're clearly referring to it as though it were a strong poison). Anyway, the book, and even the line of instructions taken directly from it here, clearly says to cut up the bean, not some beans. I think I would agree leaving out the "12 beans" part, outside of BTS of course, would be for the best. -- 1337star (Drop me a line!) 00:10, October 4, 2012 (UTC)
- I have to say I do love the thought of a 7-litre measuring cup... and that, according to the recipe, 20 fl.oz. or half a litre is just "10 drops". -- 00:16, October 4, 2012 (UTC)
The last sentence in the opening paragraph is problematic. In addition to being very convoluted, it does not match the actual facts. In the film, Slughorn says "only once has a student managed to brew (the potion) of sufficient quality." This is very different from being able to brew the potion at all. This also relates to the statement "three drops could kill us all." Although likely to be hyperbole, it also may correspond with reality. Since this potion seems to be the magical analog of an anesthetic, it is well known that an overdose could be lethal. It is very likely that the HBP-inspired potion would be the equivalent of a medicine such as fentanyl at 100mcg/ml, where the conventional potion recipe would be similar to fentanyl at 10mcg/ml. Dosing the more powerful (medication/potion) at the same amount expected from the less-potent version could well be fatal. Wva (talk) 16:00, April 19, 2014 (UTC)