"It was a relief to get out into the greenhouses; they were dealing with more dangerous plants than ever in Herbology but at least they were still allowed to swear loudly if the Venomous Tentacula seized them unexpectedly from behind."
Harry Potter's opinion on Sixth year Herbology lessons[src]

The Venomous Tentacula was a green, spiky, toothsome plant with mobile vines that try to grab living prey. Venomous Tentacula expels venom from its shoots, and its spikes are deadly. Its bite is highly venomous and can prove fatal.



A typical species of Venomous Tentacula

This dangerous plant is used for student research in Herbology classes at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Students are permitted to swear loudly if a Tentacula tries to strangle them during lessons. The Severing Charm can be used to both stun the plant and sever its arms.

The Venomous Tentacula is a giant eyeless head with fangs, though the shape of its mouth tends to vary, along with many leaves surrounding it. It also has many large vines for appendage (that act like arms and as aforementioned can be severed by Diffindo), which may or may not also have separate heads of their own at the ends.

Occasionally, aside from biting, some forms of the plant can also fire spiky spore-like balls from their mouths at their targets.

Venomous Tentacula eat Chizpurfles, spitting out their carapaces once they have eaten it. The Chizpurfles can be drawn to the Venomous Tentacula using Lumos Duo, although you must place precautions so the Chizpurfles don’t eat your wands magic.[1]

Notable uses

Venomous Tentacula 1

Venomous Tentacula seeds are a Class C non-tradeable substance. Fred and George Weasley purchased Tentacula seeds off Mundungus Fletcher in 1995 for their Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes products. Tentacula seeds emit a faint rattling noise even if they are completely stationary.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Neville Longbottom and Pomona Sprout used Venomous Tentaculas as a weapon against the invading Death Eaters. Neville most notably came charging out of nowhere into the Entrance Hall brandishing armfuls of the deadly plant, which was most delighted at the opportunity to attack the Death Eaters.


The 6 December 1926 morning edition of The New York Ghost featured an article about a tenement burglary that was foiled when the culprit was ensnared by a Venomous Tentacula.[2]

Elphinstone Urquart of the Department of Magical Law Enforcement and Minerva McGonagall's husband, was killed by a bite from a Venemous Tentacula in 1985.[3]

Derwent Shimpling was famous for eating an entire Venomous Tentacula and surviving, although his skin was left permanently purple.[4]

Behind the scenes

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Venomous Tentacula trading card

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The Venomous Tentacula in The Philosopher's Stone (PS2/Xbox; boss portrait)

  • In the game version of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Pomona Sprout had a garden full of Venomous Tentaculas.
  • In several of the video games, the Venomous Tentaculas live in some parts of the grounds and are portrayed as man-eating plants with large mouths; some adaptations of them may actually bite nearby victims, while others may have other means of trying to strike people (such as using their vines or spitting out spiky ball-like pods). The said pods bounce about and can be hit by spells. The Tentacula can also get burned up by the Incendio spell, or in both the Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets video game (console versions), can be stunned for a while if all its vines are cut with the Severing Charm.
    • Several differing depictions of the plant often vary in both size and colouration, as well as the form of its mouth. It is often noted that doxies are also part of their diet in the video games; in the GBA version of Philosopher's Stone, luring one towards a Tentacula is the only way to get rid of them (and in that said port, the Tentacula are completely invincible to spells).


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The Venomous Tentacula in The Philosopher's Stone (PS2/Xbox)

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The Venomous Tentacula in The Philosopher's Stone (GBA)

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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