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PostSubject: Muggle Plants with Magical Properties   Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:46 am

Aconite

This plant also goes by the names of Monkshood and Wolfsbane, and is poisonous enough to kill humans if it is eaten. It is a tall flower belonging to the Buttercup family, and can bear blue, purple, yellow, pink or white flowers. Aconite is said to turn anyone who eats it into a werewolf, but kill any werewolf that eats it whilst in its transformed state. This is based on genuine Muggle folklore rather than Harry Potter folklore, however, as no information about the plant is given in the books. In reality, as stated above, Aconite is a deadly poison and will simply kill anyone who eats it.


Ash

A large deciduous tree related to the olive, whose wood is used in wandmaking. Ron Weasley's first wand and Cedric Diggory's wand were made of ash [JKR Website, GOF18].


Asphodel

A plant with yellow or white flowers, which is said (in Muggle folklore) to grown in the fields of Hades and to be the favourite food of the dead. It is an ingredient in the Draught of Living Death, the most powerful sleeping potion known to wizardkind [PS/SS8].


Beech

A large deciduous tree native to Europe and America. Its wood is used in wandmaking, although the beechwood and dragon heartstring wand that Harry tried in Mr Ollivander's shop didn't suit him too well [PS/SS5].


Belladonna

A highly-poisonous plant also known as Deadly Nightshade. Both the leaves and berries of this plant carry poison and can be fatal to humans if eaten. Belladonna forms part of the potion-making kit all Hogwarts students are required to have [GOF10].


Cabbage

A green leafy vegetable grown and eaten throughout the world. Hagrid once claimed that his cabbage patch at Hogwarts was being attacked by Flesh-Eating Slugs, and that he was in Knockturn Alley to buy some repellent [COS4]. It seems likely that Flesh-Eating Slugs would eat flesh rather than cabbages, however, and so Hagrid was quite possibly being a little economical with the truth. He probably does really have a cabbage patch though.


Cherry

A tree that grows attractive blossom and tasty fruit. Cherry wood is used in wandmaking, and the new wand that Neville was given following the battle at the Department of Mysteries was made of cherry and unicorn hair [HBP7]. Neville believed it to be one of the last wands that Mr Ollivander sold before his disappearance.


Daisy

A common European wildflower with white and yellow flowers. The roots are an ingredient used to make Shrinking Potion [POA7].


Dandelion

The Dandelion is a common yellow wildflower. Hagrid once offered Harry a cup of Dandelion juice when he went to visit him [OOTP38]. Dandelion juice is produced from the root of the plant and has some medicinal properties.


Dittany

Also known as Burning Bush (due to the fact that its sap is highly flammable), this is a herb with light purple flowers. In the past it was considered to have medicinal properties, although it is no longer used in that way now. Dittany is listed in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi, and Harry was reading about it when Hagrid snuck into the library to get a book about dragons [PS/SS14]. Madame Pomfrey also gave Dittany to Draco Malfory after Harry attacked him with Sectumsempra, in order to reduce any potential scarring [HBP24].


Ebony

This is an evergreen tree native to India, famous for its rich dark wood. Ebony is used in wandmaking, and Harry tried out an ebony and unicorn hair wand in Mr Ollivander's shop, although it didn't choose him.


Elder

This is a shrub that produces dark red berries and white flowers. The flowers can be used to make wine, which the Weasleys drank with their meal the night before they headed off to the Quidditch World Cup [GOF5]. Presumably they enjoyed the wine rather more than they enjoyed listening to Percy burbling on about how important he was.


Fluxweed

Fluxweed, also known as False Pennyroyal, is member of the mint family and has blue flowers. It is relatively rare and considered to be an endangered species. Professor Snape keeps supplies of Fluxweed in his store cupboard, which Harry, Ron and Hermione had to raid to get ingredients for their Polyjuice Potion. Fluxweed has to be picked at full moon for its magical properties to be retained, however [COS10].


Ginger

Ginger isn't actually a plant in its own right - it is in fact the name given to the root of the Chinese plant Zingiber Officinale. Ginger is used in cooking as a highly-flavoured spice. It is also used to make Wit-Sharpening Potion [GOF27].


Hellebore

This is a rose-like plant often found in gardens. There are a number of different types of Hellebore, but even though some have names like "Christmas Rose" and "Lenten Rose", Hellebore is not actually a member of the rose family. The plant is reputed to have medicinal properties, and also has a general association with witchcraft. Syrup of Hellebore is an ingredient of Draught of Peace, which Snape set the class to make at the start of their fifth year [OOTP12]. Harry forgot to add the syrup to his cauldron, however, which allowed Snape to sneer at him. Again.


Henbane

This is a poisonous plant with greeny yellow leaves. Its name literally translates as "hen killer". It has been used medicinally at some points in history, as it has anaesthetic qualities, alongside a number of other unpleasant side-effects. An advertisement in the Daily Prophet once offered bouquets of henbane and belladonna, and potted mandrakes for sale.


Holly

Holly is a shrub native to a large number of countries. It has green spiky leaves and grows red berries, and has connections to Christmas in many cultures. The wood of the plant is used in wandmaking, and Harry has a Holly and phoenix feather wand [PS/SS5].


Hornbeam

The Hornbeam is a small tree of the birch family. Hornbeam wood is used for wandmaking, and Viktor Krum has a Hornbeam and dragon heartstring wand [GOF18].

Lovage

This is a plant similar to celery, whose fruit and seeds are used in cookery. According to one of Harry's school books, lovage is "most efficacious in the inflaming of the braine", and is used as an ingredient in Confusing and Befuddlement Draughts [OOTP18].


Mahogany

Mahogany is not the name of a plant in itself. It is actually the name given to the wood of a number of related trees: Swietenia Mahagoni, Swietenia Macrophylla, and Khaya. Mahogany is used in wandmaking, and James Potter had a Mahogany wand.


Maple

This is a deciduous tree whose wood is used in wandmaking. Harry tried out a maple and phoenix feather wand at Mr Ollivander's shop without success [PS/SS5].


Mistletoe

Mistletoe is a parasitic shrub with white berries. In many cultures it has connections with Christmas, where it is used as a decoration. By tradition, people who meet under the mistletoe are meant to kiss each other. This appears to be the case in the Wizarding world as well, as Cho and Harry used it as a convenient excuse to have their first kiss. The only difference between Muggle Mistletoe and Wizarding Mistletoe is that the Wizarding kind might be infested with Nargles. That's what Luna Lovegood thinks, anyway.


Monkshood

See Aconite.


Nettle

The most common type of Nettle is the Stinging Nettle, although there are a number of other types, some of which sting and some of which don't. Aside from their ability to sting, Nettles actually have a number of useful medical properties. Gertie Keddle's diary revealed that she went Nettle-picking on Queerditch Marsh and served Nettle tea to her friend Gwenog [QA]. Dried Nettles are also an ingredient in Boil-Cure Potion [PS/SS8].


Oak

There are a wide variety of different species of Oak tree, all of which are indigenous to the northern hemisphere, and all of which produce acorns. Oak is a wood used in wandmaking, and Hagrid's wand was made of oak. It was broken in half when he was expelled from Hogwarts, although he secretly retained the pieces and hid them inside a pink umbrella [PS/SS5].


Pineapple

A large tropical fruit. Horace Slughorn is particularly fond of crystallised pineapple, a fact not lost on the young Tom Riddle when he wanted to get into Slughorn's good books [HBP17].


Pumpkin

Pumpkin seems to be a favourite food of the wizarding world: you can pick up a Pumpkin pasty on the Hogwarts Express [PS/SS6], have a nice drink of Pumpkin juice on the train or at Hogwarts itself [PS/SS6], or if you fancy nipping into Hogsmeade you can try out a glass of Pumpkin Fizz [POA13]. This all suggests that wizarding Pumpkins are rather nicer than Muggle Pumpkins, which are pretty horrible, all things considered. Hagrid has a sizeable Pumpkin patch outside his hut, where he grows Pumpkins that are large enough to walk into, for use as decorations in the Great Hall for the Halloween feast [COS8].


Rosewood

Nothing to do with roses, Rosewood is actually the wood of the species Dalbergia Nigra. It is called Rosewood because of its sweet aroma. Rosewood is used in wandmaking, and Fleur Delacour has a wand made out of this material, with a Veela hair core [GOF18].


Rue

This is a very highly-scented shrub with yellow flowers, indigenous to Asia. Madam Pomfrey made Ron take Essence of Rue to aid his recovery after he had been poisoned by Malfoy's mead [HBP19].


Sage

Sage is a herb commonly used in cooking to impart a peppery flavour to the food. Sage oil is also used in aromatherapy for soothing stress and treating sore throats. Centaurs burn sage in order to use shapes and symbols made by the smoke to predict the future [OOTP27].


Scurvy-Grass

This is a white-flowered shrub typically found in coastal regions. Its name comes from the fact that its leaves are very rich in vitamin C, and were often eaten by sailors to alleviate the effects of scurvy after long periods at sea. Like Lovage, Scurvy-Grass is considered to be "most efficacious in the inflaming of the braine", and is used as an ingredient in Confusing and Befuddlement Draughts [OOTP18].


Sneezewort

This plant is reputed to cause sneezing in those who smell it, which is where the name comes from. It is a daisy-like plant with white flowers. Like Lovage and Scurvy-Grass, it is used as an ingredient in Confusing and Befuddlement Draughts [OOTP18].


Vine

A Vine is any climbing plant, but the word is particularly used for those that grow grapes as their fruit. Such plants often have a hard, woody stem, and this wood is used in wandmaking. Hermione has a wand made of Vine wood and dragon heartstring [JKR Website].


Willow

The Willow is a deciduous tree mostly found in the northern hemisphere. There are many types of Willow, of which the Weeping Willow is the most famous. The wood of the Willow tree is used in wandmaking. Lily Potter had a (rather swishy, according to Mr Ollivander) wand made out of Willow [PS/SS5], whilst Ron's new wand (which replaced his hand-me-down that was broken, ironically enough by the Whomping Willow in the Hogwarts grounds) was also made from this wood [POA3].


Wolfsbane

See Aconite.


Wormwood

This is a common herb with a famously bitter smell and taste. It has some medicinal properties, and can be used as a tonic, or pick-me-up. It is also used to flavour a number of alcoholic drinks, the most notorious of which is Absinthe (a liquor that was banned in many countries due to alleged dangerous hallucinogenic side-effects: it is, in fact, no more dangerous than any other alcoholic drink of a similar strength, and its supposed side-effects are nothing more than a myth). Wormwood is one of the ingredients in the Draught of Living Death.


Yew

The Yew is a poisonous evergreen tree that can grow in most regions of the world. Yew trees are associated with both life and death, in that they are capable of living to a vast age, but can produce poison powerful enough to kill both animals and humans. Yew trees often grow in graveyards and churchyards, although it is likely that in many cases the trees pre-date the churches. Yews can live for several thousand years, and so many trees will pre-date Christianity by a considerable period. Christian churches were often built on existing Pagan sacred sites (as Christianity took over from Paganism as the popular religion), showing that the Yew was also associated with ancient religions as well as modern ones. The wood of the Yew tree is used in wandmaking, and Lord Voldemort has a wand made from Yew and Phoenix tail feather. Voldemort's association with the poisonous and incredibly long-lived wood of his wand is clear.
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PostSubject: Re: Muggle Plants with Magical Properties   Wed Aug 27, 2008 6:05 am

I got these from the harry potter encyclopedia..thought they'd be helpful.
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