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A liquid or liquid mixture, especially one that is medicinal, poisonous, or magical.

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Is there canon info on shelf life of various potions in Harry Potter?

Do we know how long potions (in general, or at least specific ones) are potent (no pun intended) in Harry Potter canon? E.g. do they last a couple of hours? Minutes? Years? I seem to vaguely ...
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What does the rudimentary body potion do to you?

Voldemort uses a Rudimentary Body Potion to return to life as a shriveled, scaly man-child horror. Later on Voldemort has access to a Regenerative potion to bring give himself a true form, but ...
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What potions actually grant fame or glory, or put a stopper in death? Are there any?

‘You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potionmaking,’ [Snape] began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but they caught every word – like Professor McGonagall, Snape had the ...
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Anatomy and the polyjuice potion

Polyjuice potions are used a lot through the Harry Potter story, and it's an established fact that it accounts for both age and gender. The only known limitation is that it is only intended for taking ...
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What happens if you use Polyjuice potion after saving hair or nails?

Suppose you cut a five year old's hair, save it for 10 years, and then use it for a Polyjuice transformation. What age do you turn into: The toddler or the teenager?
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How do injuries work with Polyjuice Potion?

We know that if you (using Polyjuice), take the form of someone who had been injured, you assume that injured form (e.g. Barty/Moody). If you are injured, presumably you would be uninjured while under ...
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Why didn't the Ministry use Veritaserum to question criminals? [duplicate]

The truth potion (Veritaserum) is one of the most powerful potions that forces the drinker to speak truth. Then why didn't Ministry used it in any criminal cases instead of long discussions and ...
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Are Love Potions legal?

We know that in the Harry Potter universe, Love Potions (potions that cause a strong infatuation in the drinker) exist. We see at least two instances of their use in the books; A Love Potion in the ...
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How long do the effects of Polyjuice Potion last?

According to Wikipedia (emphasis mine DVK's, since he edited my question): The Polyjuice Potion allows the drinker to assume the appearance of someone else for exactly an hour. Is this supported ...
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Does the Polyjuice Potion Dark Mark work?

I was just reading Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and I was wondering, when Hermione Granger changed into Bellatrix Lestrange, she should've obtained the Dark Mark, temporarily. Now, my ...
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How in the world did Slughorn prepare the Felix Felicis in time for his class?

In the summer of 1996, Horace Sluhorn is persuaded into coming out of retirement by Harry Potter and Albus Dumbledore. Around two months later, he greets his students with potions such as Felix ...
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Does Polyjuice Potion affect accent/language?

In the Harry Potter books, people who take Polyjuice Potion get the voice as well as the physical appearance of the person they're imitating. Without needing to make an effort, they sound exactly ...
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What 50 rules did they break by making the polyjuice potion?

Hermione states that they are breaking about 50 school rules making the polyjuice potion. Do we know any of the rules being broken?
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Who was the student that previously brewed a potion of sufficient quality to claim the Felix Felicis?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during the potions class Slughorn claimed that the prize of Felix Felicis was won only once before by a student. I should point out, however, only once did ...
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Are the Mandrakes sentient?

In the Harry Potter books, are we to assume the Mandrakes are sentient? They are portrayed as behaving much like human beings, such as going through adolescence, et cetera. However, if this is the ...
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Why didn't Snape read Harry's mind and know it wasn't him?

In Goblet of Fire, Snape suspects Harry of stealing boomslang skin and gillyweed from his office: ‘Don’t lie to me,’ Snape hissed, his fathomless black eyes boring into Harry’s. ‘Boomslang skin. ...
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What would happen if you used a dead person's hair in Polyjuice Potion?

Polyjuice Potion is changing based on someone's current physical state. It shows tattoos (or lack of) and such from DH when Ron changed to Harry. "I knew Ginny was lying about that tattoo,” said ...
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Why did Hermione smell grass in the Amortentia?

In the chapter introducing Amortentia it's pointed out that each individual smells something different depending on what they're attracted by. "And the steam rising in characteristic spirals," said ...
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Are Love Potions actually banned at Hogwarts?

Rita Skeeter's Witch Weekly article states that Love Potions are banned at Hogwarts. Love Potions are of course banned at Hogwarts, and no doubt Albus Dumbledore will want to investigate these ...
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How is it possible to turn a human into an Ood?

At the climax of Series 4 Episode 3, Planet of the Ood, How is this possible? If the Ood are an entirely different species, how come a human can be turned into one simply taking a potion? Is that ...
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