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Mandrake (Mandragora) is an essential component of the Mandrake Restorative Draught.

The question is, what part of the plant is used? The leaves? The human-like root? All of it?

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Would Prof. Sprout, the person who takes care of the Whomping Willow, agree to cutting up and boiling the mandrake creatures? After all they look and behave like humans. (At same point they go through puberty, described as moody and secrerive, even throwing a party in Greenhouse Three) on the other hand, mandrakes are used as projectiles in the Battle of Hogwarts.

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    Wasn't Sprout the one who mentioned chopping and stewing them? Didn't seem like she had a problem with it. – Radhil Nov 16 '16 at 16:09
  • @Radhil chopping and stewing which part? – user68762 Nov 16 '16 at 16:11
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    She didn't mention one - which leads me to believe she meant the main body, since they wouldn't be that dangerous of a plant if they just needed to pluck a leaf off the top. – Radhil Nov 16 '16 at 16:14
  • @Radhil maybe it's dangerous to handle, like to move it to a bigger pot which needs to be done occasionally? She even demonstrated how it's done and said earmuffs are needed for the re-pot. – user68762 Nov 16 '16 at 16:16
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We know for certain that Mandrake leaves were used in a variety of potions...

He, Ron and Hermione sat in the library as the sun set outside, tearing feverishly through page after page of spells, hidden from each other by the massive piles of books on the desk in front of each of them. Harry’s heart gave a huge leap every time he saw the word ‘water’ on a page, but more often than not it was merely ‘Take two pints of water, half a pound of shredded mandrake leaves and a newt …’.

Harry potter and the Goblet of Fire

...and other magics...

For the space of one entire month (from full moon to full moon), a single leaf from a Mandrake must be carried constantly in the mouth. The leaf must not be swallowed or taken out of the mouth at any point. If the leaf is removed from the mouth, the process must be started again.

Short Stories from Hogwarts of Heroism, Hardship and Dangerous Hobbies

But the only specific reference that the root was used in the restorative draught seems to come from the Gameboy Color game (where you need to collect "Mandrake Root" in order to finish the potion and complete the level) and the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince video game where Harry comments

"Stewed Mandrake. Much quieter than the live version."


That all being said, the implication is very very clear. It's the root that's used, not just the leaves.

‘We will be able to cure her, Argus,’ said Dumbledore patiently. ‘Professor Sprout recently managed to procure some Mandrakes. As soon as they have reached their full size, I will have a potion made which will revive Mrs Norris.’

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

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