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"Some of you will benefit from today's assignment: Wit-Sharpening Potion. Perhaps you should begin immediately."
—Severus Snape implies his low expectations of his class[src]

The Wit-Sharpening Potion is a potion which allows the drinker to think more clearly. Due to this, it acts a a counteragent to the Confundus Charm.[1]

History

Severus Snape taught his fourth year Potions students to make this potion shortly after the second task of the Triwizard Tournament in 1995. While working, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger discussed an article by Rita Skeeter that had recently been published in Witch Weekly. Snape found the trio reading the magazine, and, much to their humilation, read it aloud to the entire class (the article falsely accused Hermione of toying with the hearts of both Viktor Krum and Harry). Snape split the group up, telling them to concentrate on their potions, but Harry found it difficult to do so, as Snape continued to goad him privately. The class was further interrupted by the entrance of Igor Karkaroff. Harry purposely spilled his armadillo bile so that he could linger after the class was done and try to find out what Karkaroff wanted to tell Snape.

Brewing instructions

  1. Mix in Ginger Root until lime green.
  2. Mix Armadillo Bile until blue.
  3. Mix Ground Scarab Beetles until red.
  4. Remix Armadillo Bile until red liquid is yellow. (Not dark green)
  5. Remix Ginger Roots until brew is lime green.
  6. Mix Armadillo Bile until the potion is purple.
  7. Allow potion to simmer for 10 minutes.
  8. Add more Ginger Root until the potion is dark orange.

Behind the scenes

  1. Use knife to cut off two pieces of ginger root and add to cauldron. Potion should turn from blue to green.
  2. Add armadillo bile until potion turns blue.
  3. Grind scarab beetles in pestle, sprinkle in cauldron until potion turns red.
  4. Add more armadillo bile until potion turns yellow.
  5. Chop four more pieces of ginger root and add to cauldron. Potion should turn green.
  6. Stir clockwise until potion turns yellow.

Appearances

Notes and references


Potions (class)
Wideye-or-awakening-potion
Potioneers
Arsenius Jigger · Damocles Belby · Glover Hipworth · Golpalott · Gregory the Smarmy · Gunhilda of Gorsemoor · Hector Dagworth-Granger · Hesper Starkey · J. Pippin · Laverne de Montmorency · Libatius Borage · Regulus Moonshine · Rubens Winikus · Sacharissa Tugwood · Tilden Toots · Dr. Ubbly · Zygmunt Budge
Potions at Hogwarts
Cauldron cupboard · Dungeon Five · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Potions Club · Potions Staircase · Potion Master's office · Potion Master's storeroom
Professors Bartholomew · Horace Slughorn · Severus Snape · Swoopstikes · Vindictus Veridian · Unnamed Professor (16th century) · Unnamed Professor (2021)
Textbooks Magical Drafts and Potions · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Advanced Potion-Making · Moste Potente Potions · A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick, and Surgery
Potions studied at Hogwarts
Ageing Potion · Amortentia · Antidotes · Antidote to Common Poisons · Calming Draught · Boil-Cure Potion · Doxycide · Draught of Living Death · Draught of Peace · Elixir to Induce Euphoria · Everlasting Elixirs · Felix Felicis · Fire Protection Potion · Forgetfulness Potion · Girding Potion · Hair-Raising Potion · Herbicide Potion · Hiccoughing Solution · Pepperup Potion · Poison Antidote · Polyjuice Potion · Shrinking Solution · Skele-Gro · Strengthening Solution · Swelling Solution · Undetectable Poisons · Weedosoros · Wideye Potion · Wiggenweld Potion · Wit-Sharpening Potion