Potions have featured prominently in stories about magic and magical beings for centuries. We’ve seen potions described as both positive and negative in popular culture, especially when it comes to the Harry Potter franchise. In the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, potions play a big part in the story throughout the Seven Books and Eight Movies. Potions are one of the main classes at Hogwarts and for the majority of the series, they are taught by Professor Severus Snape, one of Harry’s antagonists. In the movies, Rogue is played by the late Alan Rickman and is arguably one of the most beloved characters in the series. Many potions have been created to add to the fantasy of the wizarding world, including Amortentia, Felix Felicis, and Polyjuice potion.
Amortentia is a powerful love potion first introduced in “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince”. This potion is produced during Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s potions class, which is taught by Professor Slughorn after Snape assumes the role of Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher. The potion is known to have a pearly sheen and a different smell to each person, depending on their tastes. This potion is used in a box office of chocolates that were to be given to Harry by another student, Romilda Vane. However, Ron consumes the chocolates instead and causes an almost fatal reaction.
Another potion that was introduced during “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” was Felix Felicis. Felix Felicis, also known as Liquid Luck, gives the user temporary good luck after consuming. Potions students fight over a vial of Felix Felicis in Slughorn’s class, which Harry earns using the instructions developed by the Half-Blood Prince. Harry makes Ron believe that he put the potion in his drink to give him confidence, however, Harry uses it instead to gain knowledge about Slughorn’s horcruxes and later to protect himself and his friends from Death Eaters. .
Finally, one of the most recognized potions in the wizarding world is the Polyjuice Potion. Polyjuice Potion is introduced in the second book, “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets”, and is a potion that allows the user to temporarily transform into different people. Harry and Ron use this potion to transform into Crab and Goyle, close friends of Slytherin student Draco Malfoy, to determine whether or not Draco is the heir to Slytherin. Hermione is attempting to transform into another Slytherin student, however, the hair she collected was more of a cat. The Polyjuice Potion was also used by Barty Crouch Jr. to transform into Professor Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. We last see the Polyjuice Potion used several times during the last book, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”, first with members of the Order of the Phoenix transforming into Harry Potter to transport Harry to the burrow, then by the trio to retrieve a horcrux. from Dolores Umbridge to the Ministry of Magic and finally by Hermione to transform into Bellatrix Lestrange to retrieve a horcrux from the Lestrange family vault.
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