According to Harry Potter Wiki Xenophilius Lovegood tells his daughter

"Gnome saliva is enormously beneficial! Luna, my love, if you should feel any burgeoning talent today -- perhaps an urge to sing opera or to declaim in Mermish -- do not repress it! You have have been gifted by the Gernumblies!"

Does this mean garden gnome saliva is used for recreational purposes in the Wizarding World?

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    I think first we must ask, is Xenophilius correct in this case? – Izkata Aug 28 '12 at 22:57

There is nothing in canon that supports gnome saliva as being used as a recreational substance (I assume you mean as in like a drug).


A Billiwig is an Australian magical creature whose sting causes a euphoric feeling in the body, and then levitation. Billiwig venom is used in the candy Fizzing Whizbees and some witches and wizards purposefully try and get stung by a Billiwig in order to enjoy the giddy effects.

Those who have been stung by a Billywig suffer giddiness followed by levitation. Generations of young Australian witches and wizards have attempted to catch Billywigs and provoke them into stinging in order to enjoy these side effects, though too many stings may cause the victim to hover uncontrollably for days on end, and where there is a severe allergic reaction, permanent floating may ensue. Dried Billywig stings are used in several potions and are believed to be a component in the popular sweet Fizzing Whizbees.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - pages 4-5 - Scholastic

So while a Billiwig is not a gnome, it is an example of a creature used for recreational substance use.

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  • Nice answer as always. But how does it relates to gnomes? – algiogia Oct 7 '15 at 11:48

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