Lots of fans would love the ability to make Harry Potter potions, even if they wouldn’t want to take a class with Professor Snape. The Wizarding World has lots to offer when it comes to magical remedies. From potions to make people fall in love to elixirs that take away anxiety, Severus Snape could teach you quite a bit if you’re willing to learn. While not as flashy as classes like Defense Against the Dark Arts, paying attention in Potions class can really make you a true wizard.
So here are the top 10 Harry Potter potions and a DIY lesson on how to make some of your own!
1. The Harry Potter Love Potion: Amortentia
Who wouldn’t want their crush to fall in love with them? While it may feel tempting to just put a few drops of a love potion in their drink, you don’t want to mess around with Amortentia. As the strongest love potion in existence, it creates something more than love. It causes deep infatuation; they simply cannot get enough of you.
The love potion makes an appearance two main times in the Harry Potter series. One, when Ron eats chocolate laced with the potion meant for Harry in Half-Blood Prince. Until he gets the antidote, he can’t think of anything other than Romilda Vane.
Two, Voldemort’s mother also may have used a love potion to ensnare Tom Riddle Senior. It’s unclear whether she uses the Imperius Curse or a Love Potion, but Dumbledore speculates it was the potion. Merope conceives Tom Marvolo Riddle while Tom Senior is under the spell. Some fans believe that the reason Voldemort cannot love is that he was conceived while one parent was under the power of Amortentia.
2. The Harry Potter Potion to Master Your Disguise: Polyjuice Potion
Introduced in The Chamber of Secrets, Polyjuice Potion played a key role across the Harry Potter series. From Barty Crouch Jr. using the potion all year to impersonate Mad-Eye Moody to the Order of the Phoenix using the potion to create multiple decoy Harrys in book 7 to get him from the Dursley’s to the Weasley’s, it seemed like everyone had Polyjuice Potion at some point.
3. The Harry Potter Potion of Liquid Luck: Felix Felicis
Why Harry didn’t use this magical potion every single time he fought Voldemort? We’re not sure. While he always scrapes by and saves the day, it would have made things easier if he always had some felix felicis on him.
This liquid luck potion makes sure everything goes your way. Wouldn’t that be nice to have in the Muggle world?
4. The Harry Potter Potion to Relieve Anxiety: Draught of Peace
While more witches and wizards could have used this throughout the Harry Potter series, the Draught of Peace rarely gets mentioned. It’s essentially the potion version of anti-anxiety medication. Madam Pomfrey says she prescribes it to students suffering from intense nerves during their Ordinary Wizarding Levels (O.W.L.s).
5. The Harry Potter Potion of Death-like Slumber: Draught of Living Death
This potion sends the taker into a sleep so deep that it seems like they died. It can have some nasty side effects, and it’s extremely difficult to brew correctly. Even Hermione struggled to make it. Stay away from this potion!
6. The Harry Potter Potion to Regrow Your Bones: Skele-Gro
Remember when the well-meaning Gilderoy Lockhart tried to heal Harry’s broken bones in Chamber of Secrets? And instead removed them? Classic Gilderoy.
Good thing Madam Pomfrey’s got some spare Skele-Gro to help Harry regrow his bones.
Unfortunately, it tastes absolutely disgusting. But what was Harry expecting? Pumpkin juice?
7. The Harry Potter Potion to Calm a Beast: Wolfsbane Potion
When a wizard turns into a werewolf, they lose control of themselves. Not only do they turn into the creature physically, but they lose control of their minds.
That is, of course, unless they take the Wolfsbane potion. When consumed at the right time, it lets the wizard turning into a werewolf maintain their mental state, even though they make the physical change. Instead of going on a mindless rampage, they can curl up and take a catnap until they turn back into their human selves.