Questions tagged [potions]

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

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
1
vote
0answers
245 views

How did Severus Snape use Felix Felicis potion?

Horace Slughorn claimed that only once a student prepared a 'good enough' Draught of Living Death potion, receiving a Felix Felicis probe (before Harry did). I guess that student was Severus Snape. ...
9
votes
2answers
500 views

Would someone be able to use Felix Felicis to make MORE Felix Felicis?

I was thinking about the Harry Potter-verse and it occurred to me that the luck potion Felix Felicis would have been an OP game changer if used correctly! Other questions have highlighted how it might ...
58
votes
3answers
12k views

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 ...
5
votes
1answer
200 views

A short story involving time travel induced by a potion/tablet/medicine

In the mid 1970s I read a short story on time travel. Pretty sure it was English, ie. written and set in England early twentieth century perhaps Scotland. It was slightly quirky in that it described ...
9
votes
2answers
378 views

Online post/short story, about potions that give you different powers

This was a post I read a few years ago (I can't remember which website). It was a typical quiz of "which power would you choose?", but someone took it to the next level and posted a short story that ...
5
votes
3answers
2k views

Why didn't Dumbledore, or Harry, just summon animals to drink the Emerald Potion?

Why didn't Dumbledore, or Harry, just summon animals to drink the Emerald Potion? That way Dumbledore wouldn't have been weakened considerably by the potion. As far as I know, there's the Bird-...
1
vote
1answer
147 views

Do eclipses have an effect on the efficacy of potions?

In Harry Potter, when you cook a potion during an eclipse, either lunar or solar, would that affect the strength of a potion like in the Switch game, Breath of the Wild, when a blood moon approaches ...
2
votes
1answer
246 views

Why couldn't the Ministry of Magic use Veritaserum to question Winky about Barty Crouch Jr.'s Testimony? [duplicate]

Since Winky was present at the testimony of Bartemius Crouch Jr. (in the Defense Against the Dark Arts office), she would have remembered it. In addition, she could confirm that what he was saying was ...
10
votes
4answers
1k views

Where did Hogwarts store all the cauldrons?

We know that the cauldrons at Hogwarts are not communal but that each student buys their own one. OTHER EQUIPMENT 1 wand 1 cauldron (pewter, standard size 2) 1 set glass or crystal phials 1 ...
2
votes
1answer
285 views

Was Slughorn using the directions found in the potions textbook?

Related: How did Snape figure out the stuff he had written in his Advanced Potion-Making book? If Slughorn knew modifications to the potions textbook that would make the potions better, why didn't he ...
11
votes
2answers
1k views

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, how does Hermione recognise Veritaserum?

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, during their first lesson with Slughorn, the students were asked to identify various potions, one of which is Veritaserum: “It’s Veritaserum, a colourless,...
2
votes
2answers
894 views

Can the Felix Felicis substitute as a rape drug? [closed]

If we take Horace Slughorn's description of Felix Felicis at face value and not just as a potion with some placebo effect, then in the case of Harry using it, it caused: Horace Slughorn to get drunk ...
8
votes
3answers
14k views

What was wrong with Hermione's Polyjuice potion in CoS?

Before Harry, Hermione, and Ron drink the Polyjuice potion during the Chamber of Secrets, Hermione states that the effects will only last an hour. From an early draft of the script (this scene is in ...
2
votes
0answers
107 views

How could potions be correctly made following the standard instructions? [duplicate]

In Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, Horace Slughorn, the former potions master, returns to teach at Hogwarts. In his class, unlike that of Snape's, students follow the standard potions book, ...
0
votes
0answers
211 views

Can a squib or muggle produce a potion with wizard help? [duplicate]

Could a squib or muggle produce a potion if a wizard did the wandwork for them?
8
votes
1answer
315 views

What cannot be done with a wand, that must be achieved using other means, such as potions? [closed]

I've been reading Harry Potter and every time I see something done via the use of potions or external objects (such as curing someone of petrification, or making someone fall in love, or becoming ...
4
votes
1answer
1k views

What part of the mandrake plant is used for the restorative draught?

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? Would Prof. Sprout, ...
3
votes
1answer
532 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
414 views

Could you use a Shrinking Solution on a basilisk?

According to what I've read, the Shrinking Solution makes things smaller/younger (Neville's toad Trevor turns into a tadpole). Is there any evidence to suggest that this potion wouldn't work on a ...
17
votes
6answers
15k views

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 ...
9
votes
2answers
983 views

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 ...
16
votes
2answers
1k views

How did Voldemort intend to question the person who got to the locket?

When discovering the locket's basin, Harry thinks the potion will kill whoever drinks it, but Dumbledore thinks otherwise: "I can only conclude that this potion is supposed to be drunk." "What?...
9
votes
2answers
3k views

How did the Polyjuice potion's effects last through lessons, which are more than an hour?

In Goblet of Fire, was disguised as The Polyjuice Potion only lasts for about an hour, as shown in The Chamber of Secrets, and lessons usually last about 1 hour. Why did the disguise not fail ...
22
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
580 views

How can students learn making potions?

How can students learn making potions when some of them take months to complete? Sleeping Draught takes 70 minutes to brew, and since the Draught of Living Death is a lot more complicated than ...
15
votes
3answers
1k views

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 ...
5
votes
3answers
1k views

How much Polyjuice potion did this character need?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, How much Polyjuice potion did he need?
8
votes
6answers
2k views

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 ...
11
votes
1answer
903 views

Amortentia - can smell change?

I was reading some fanfiction and there was some talk about Love Potion and that I started thinking about Amortentia. Now in Harry Potter lore it says that potion smells diferently for every person ...
2
votes
1answer
7k views

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 ...
14
votes
2answers
2k views

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?
24
votes
3answers
4k views

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 ...
29
votes
3answers
6k views

What would happen if Voldemort drank a love potion?

What if Voldemort drank a love potion? Would it have an effect on him?
16
votes
3answers
1k views

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?
23
votes
1answer
4k views

if Felix Felicis is so hard to get, why did Slughorn give it to students so easily?

We know that Felix is an incredibly hard to make potion, that only a few people can make it correctly, that it has a very long preparation time and that the ingredients are hard to acquire. This ...
34
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
39
votes
2answers
3k views

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 ...
5
votes
2answers
553 views

Is there any information on what the Strengthening Solution actually does?

In Harry's fifth year, while Professor Snape is being assessed by Dolores Umbridge, the class is making the Strengthening Solution and Umbridge expresses some concerns as to its suitability: "Well, ...
39
votes
2answers
4k views

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 ...
14
votes
4answers
2k views

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 ...
23
votes
5answers
9k views

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. ...
3
votes
3answers
4k views

Why did Snape suspect Harry in Year Two?

In Goblet of Fire, Snape accuses Harry of stealing ingredients for Polyjuice Potion: ‘Don’t lie to me,’ Snape hissed, his fathomless black eyes boring into Harry’s. ‘Boomslang skin. Gillyweed. Both ...
2
votes
2answers
3k views

Was Snape better at Potions or Defence Against the Dark Arts? [closed]

We know Snape has been an excellent Potions-master at Hogwarts and he has always wanted to be the DADA teacher Given that he is also Would he be considered better at Defence Against the Dark Arts or ...
11
votes
3answers
3k views

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 ...
28
votes
3answers
8k views

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 ...
9
votes
4answers
1k views

Can effects of Polyjuice potion be reversed?

If someone takes Polyjuice potion, can the effects be reversed before the one-hour potion acting time expires? For example, by applying a specific counter spell, or stunning a person? Or killing them,...
5
votes
0answers
196 views

Is there any additional canon confirmation that Wolfsbane potion loses potency unless taken very quickly? [duplicate]

“Fascinating,” said Snape, without looking at it. “You should drink that directly, Lupin.” To me, this quote seems to indicate that - since there was no immediate danger of Lupin turning into ...
15
votes
5answers
1k views

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 ...
13
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...