In book 2, we got to know about mandrakes and how they are used to create a restorative potion that is so powerful it could bring back people that are petrified.

How is a mandrake potion administered to a petrified person? A petrified person is as good as dead. Stiff as board and not able to move a muscle let alone drink a potion. How it is done?

  • Edited the question. – Harry Nov 15 '16 at 14:16
  • The edit focuses the problem of the administration of a potion to a petrified person. The "duplicate" question is about administering a potion to an insubstantial ghost. I don't see anything in the answers to that question that addresses this question. – Blackwood Nov 15 '16 at 14:29
  • Probably applied to the skin. – ibid Nov 15 '16 at 16:33
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    It puts the lotion on its skin... – Xantec Nov 15 '16 at 16:50
  • Regardium Dimethylsulfoxidem! (wave wand) – infixed Nov 15 '16 at 17:14

They most likely had to drink or consume it somehow by mouth.

In a few hours the Mandrake Draught will be ready and everyone who was Petrified will be all right again.’

She’s just giving out Mandrake juice – I dare say the Basilisk’s victims will be waking up any moment.’


  1. a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine

  2. the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow

The verbage used in the book is fairly clear its a liquid, as well as a liquid thats ment to be be drunk, instead of a salve, lotion, or cream which would be applied to the skin.

Most likely the touch of the mandrake juice would loosen up the mouth, throat and on its way to the petrified person's stomach spread the cure throughout the victim.

Magic is undoubably at play in this scenario, however, a real world similarity is to a diabetic who goes unconsious to extreme low blood sugar, sugar can be rubbed into the unconcious persons mouth to help raise blood sugar levels.

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