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It seems like Getafix, the druid (called Panoramix in most languages) usually just cooks it and serves it to Asterix and the rest of the Gauls.

Are there any examples of Getafix drinking the potion himself?

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    Something about not getting high on his own supply. He's there for others to get their fix.
    – Valorum
    Jan 25 at 14:05
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    I remember that the druid was called Panoramix, not Getafix? Jan 25 at 19:51
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    In the Swedish translation, it is Miraculix. Jan 25 at 21:11
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    @Moo, French isn't translation, French is the original (though not for all the later sequels).
    – Jan Hudec
    Jan 25 at 21:20
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    @Mithoron, apparently most of the names are puns (though I don't understand them myself, not knowing French), so some of the translators tried to make up puns appropriate for the other languages instead.
    – Jan Hudec
    Jan 25 at 21:23

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Yes

On page 42 of Asterix and the Missing Scroll (issue #36, published in 2015), Getafix is shown directly drinking the magic potion.

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[first panel]

Asterix: "Go easy, Getafix!"
Getafix: "We have no time to lose. A single dose won't be addictive."

[second panel]

[Getafix drinks. He is shown flying in air with sparks and smoke etc.]

[third panel]

Getafix: "By Toutatis, it's certainly strong stuff!"
Asterix: (as Obelix reaches for the gourd) "Not you Obelix!"


They need to return to the village quickly. Getafix is drawn with jagged edges for the next couple of pages.

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    Does anyone else find it disconcerting that this suggests that Asterix and the other villagers are addicts?!
    – DavidW
    Jan 25 at 22:45
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    @DavidW Isn't that implicit in the name "Get-a-fix"? (in the English versions) Jan 25 at 23:41
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    @ClaraDiazSanchez That's a really good point. I can only offer the excuse that my younger self read right past that. (I think I interpreted it more in the sense of "fix for what ails you," since Getafix could often solve whatever health problems came up; including once making chicken soup, IIRC.)
    – DavidW
    Jan 26 at 0:13
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    That book isn't written or illustrated by the original people.
    – hat
    Jan 26 at 8:25
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    @ArnaudD. Uderzo was never the writter, only the drawer. And some purists would say that things went down the drain when Goscinny died. I mean, there's an Asterix with Aliens... In my eyes, this isn't canon.
    – Echox
    Jan 26 at 15:10
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Yes.

In addition to the cases mentioned in other answers, Getafix drinks the potion he made before the battle in Asterix and the Great Divide (issue #25, published in 1980), p. 27: drink After that is the first (I think) occurrence in the series when Getafix fights, p. 28: fight

The second one is in Asterix and Obelix all at sea (issue #30, published in 1996), in which Getafix dives into the sea after a bottle of magic potion, gets attacked by sharks, takes a sip of the potion, and scares the sharks away. Yes, this happened. Though mostly off-screen, he only says about the sharks afterward.

Asterix Album 30 - Getafix dives into the ocean to

If I remember correctly, these are all cases from comics written and drawn by Uderzo, in which Getafix drank the potion in order to gain extra strength (and use it). There were no such occurrences in comics written by Goscinny and drawn by Uderzo (again, if memory serves me right). I did not read the newest ones by Ferri and Conrad, so I have no info about that. There is in the other answer though.

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  • Oh, Arnaud D. mentioned the Great Divide in the comment under the approved answer, didn't notice that. He was first.
    – SMS
    Jan 26 at 22:07
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    That's more than fine: that was just a comment, you provided an actual answer, with the relevant panels and everything. Even if you had read the comment first, that would still have been fine. Answers posted as comments are fair game, and posting proper answers is much better for the site. So thanks, and welcome!
    – terdon
    Jan 26 at 22:19
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    @SMS Added the picture to prove your claim, also fixed some spelling. Jan 27 at 7:08
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    I posted the (now deleted) comment so that someone could check the actual books to confirm (couldn't do it myself), so +1. I'll just reiterate that Wikipedia (in the Notes section) agrees with you that these are the only instances of Getafix using the potions in comics drawn by Uderzo.
    – Arnaud D.
    Jan 27 at 9:49
  • @BjornEriksson thanks! Concerning the 'all at sea': actually I did have the Polish translation at hand, but no scanner or English version. Also, the 'bottle' is actually the 'gourd' - there was a more fancy world in Polish version too, but I didn't know the english one. But I guess that 'bottle' makes the description more clear.
    – SMS
    Jan 27 at 12:44
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As Asterix returns from his failed quest for rock oil in Asterix and the Black Gold (issue #26, published in 1981), Getafix tells him

"Fortunately, after conducting a few experiments, I managed to substitute beetroot juice instead. We run just as well on beetroot juice, and it tastes nicer!"

Three panels from Asterix and the Black Gold. In the first, Asterix exclaims to Getafix, "Rock oil, of course! Black gold! The vital ingredient of the magic potion!", to which Getafix replies, "Oh, yes, petra oleum!" In the second panel, Getafix explains, "Don't worry! Fortunately, after conducting a few experiments, I managed to substitute beetroot juice instead. We run just as well on beetroot juice, and it tastes nicer!" In the third panel, Asterix has fainted, to Getafix' surprise.

The fact that Getafix says that it tastes nicer, suggests that he has tried it himself, although he may have heard it from the persons he tested it on.

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  • ...or he could have just used the villagers to taste-test. I think this question excludes sampling a tiny amount of the potion for seasoning. Mar 24 at 9:54
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In album 7, Asterix and the big fight, Getafix drinks a potion. It is not The Magic potion though but definitely a special one.

In the story, Getafix loses his memory and his mind. He brews a bunch of potions together with Psychoanalytix, another insane druid, that has random and decorative effects. Finally, they both put all the ingredients they have left in the cauldron and samples the result, which cures Getafix.

The resulting potion was the combined work of both druids, and the good result was a pure coincidence, but he was shown drinking it.

Asterix album 7, Getafix drinking a potion.

There are also instances where he has been brewing the potion and sampled it while it is still boiling. For example in Album 23 Obelix and Co he is making the potion while talking to Asterix and Geriatrix and tastes it to see if it is ready.

Asterix album 23, Getafix sampling the potion

In neither case, he drinks it to get strong, but I think it is as close as we will get.

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  • Should that other insane druid be Psychoanalytix?
    – ilkkachu
    Jan 26 at 12:53
  • @ilkkachu That is correct. Good find. Fixed now. Jan 26 at 13:20

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