Valerian is a plant with magical properties.


Valerian is used as an ingredient in Treacle fudge.[1] Valerian roots are used in Potion-making; they are one of the ingredients of the Draught of Living Death and the Draught of Peace.[2] Sprigs of valerian are used in the Forgetfulness Potion and the Sleeping Draught.[3] Rubeus Hagrid grows valerian in his garden.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) was known in medieval times as All Heal, was recognised for its sedative and antispasmodic properties, and so was used as a sleep and nerve remedy and later as a treatment for epilepsy.[4]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) - GBC version
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 9 (The Half-Blood Prince)
  3. Pottermore - Magical Drafts and Potions by Arsenius Jigger.