My Notes, From A Ravenclaw (Year 1)

written by Anne Pickering

These are my notes for all classes through year 1. There are 7 course in the first year. Charms, History of Magic, Herbology, Potions, Transfiguration, DADA, and Astronomy. I will add as I am able. Please check back for new content.

Please keep in mind, these are only major points and not to be substituted for the actual lessons!

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Herb 101 Week 3

Chapter 17

Herbs and Fungi

  • native to the Mediterranean sea. 
  • 5cm-7cm in height
  • pH range of 7.9–8.4 (moderately alkaline)
  • large amounts of water, little sun
  • family of giliac weeds
  • slimy plant, grows as in bushel,
    and is grey-green in color
  • consumption by full humans cause gills and webbing between the fingers and toes
  • 1 hr in fresh water and up to 3 hr in salt water (being debated)
  • refreshed, nourishing feeling when it is consumed, Gillyweed drink is popular
  • Gillywood is a related tree that grows in water


  • native to Europe and some of Asia, has migrated to North America
  • sedative powers, used in sleeping potions
  • root is anxiolytic and is used in calming draughts and potions
  • Perfumes make use of the strong smell (cherry and vanilla)
  • worn by grooms to ward off the enemy of the elves
  • grow to
    be five feet, and forms bunches of attractive white flowers
  • 7 hrs of sun required
  • pH level of 4.5–5.0 (very strong acid)
  • harvest in spring or fall
  • keep out of reach of cats. 
  • Draught of Death and Forgetfulness Potion. 


  • also used at weddings
  • used in polyjuice potion
  • native
    European forests, including the Forbidden Forest
  • 5cm to 4m tall/2 inches and 100 feet
  • ability to halt the growth of animals
  • Knotgrass mead and Love potions
  • treat UTIs and fertility issues
  • pH level in soil (Slight acid) 6.1–6.5 to (Neutral) 6.6–7.3
  • plenty of sun. The more water the faster it grows
  • flowers in the summer. color varying
    between whites, pinks, and greens
  • stem must be cut below the flowering


  • Essential
    to healers, potioneers, romancers and parents
  • only grows
    naturally on the mountainside of Crete, Greece
  • aids in
    curing ailments of all manners, can prevent permanent scarring, is used in
    several love potions, and sometimes is used as a wand core
  • liquidized form
    dittany is brown 
  • it must be diluted
  • 20 cm -30 cm in height
  • requires warmth and sunlight
    to thrive
  • pH level of (Neutral) 6.6–7.3
  • must use a greenhouse in order to control conditions, even temperature of 13 degrees Celsius
  • lightly covered by soil, and then sprinkle lightly with water
  • Wait
    until the soil feels dry to water the Dittany
  • let it dry out before adding more again
  • Wiggenweld Potion

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