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 4

Chapter 24

The Mandrake

European countries, is shaped like a parsnip with wrinkled roots in the shape
of a being. 

Above ground, it grows from between five centimeters to forty centimeters,
and resembles tobacco plants. The Mandrake grows well around ground where men
have been hung.

Causes hallucinations, comas, and puts people
into dreamlike states. It is used in sleeping potions, love potions, and also
in a potion to revive a petrified person.

Uprooted mandrakes have
the ability to cause death with their screams. It is unknown why the mandrake is only able to scream until it causes its first
and only fatality.

In the old days, to
uproot a mandragora, one would dig out around the roots to the point that there
would be enough room to tie a dog to the root with about a yard of rope. The
master would then walk away, and loyally the dog would follow, pulling up the
plant. The Mandrake would scream, killing the dog. After the death of the dog,
the mandrake would scream no more.

Wear ear
muffs when uprooting, and as soon as the plant is out of the dirt submerse it
in an aquatandisu potion. The plant will thrash for several seconds, and then it
will cease all movement. At this time the plant is ready for harvesting and
will not scream. (Please note that you cannot replant after submersion).

Basic repotting of a
Mandrake: To re-pot a mandrake, wear ear muffs and dragon-hide gloves, and use
medium to heavy soil. The concentration of water should be equal to 3/4ths of
the plants approximate weight.


If a person slips into
a coma from contact with a mandrake, wash the spot of contact and immediately
send for a trained healer to administer a tandisu injection.

Devil's Snare

will grow in all dark and
damp areas. Be especially wary of finding this plant when traveling in caves
and sloughs. Recognizable features include swaying plant tendrils (very uncanny
while the air is still) and the vivid green despite lack of light.

Dassin Sanate attacks when one's back is turned,
asleep, or already in its grasp. The more you struggle against its
strangulation, the quicker it kills you. (For first aid, remember that the
plant hates heat and light. Incendio, Lumos Maxima, etc may be used) When a
victim relaxed, the plant assumes death, and drops the victim. Although playing
dead works, Incendio is the recommended response in dire situations.

to guard objects, assassinate enemies, or as a distraction. 

Ministry of Magic has laws governing where Devil’s Snare may be located. (Not
within ten hundred meters of anywhere muggles frequent).


In an emergency situation,
treat the person for strangulation and suffocation. Rennervate, a reviving
spell, may be useful, or Anapneo if they ended up choking on their own tongue.


Also from Scotland,
the Bubotuber looks like a giant black slug. When squeezed, it releases
gas-scented yellow pus. The pus treats acne, but must be diluted before it is
safe. Undiluted Bubotuber pus causes rashes and burns on contact.

must plant a bulb in dark, nutrient rich soil. 

requires very little
sunlight, and can stand very cold weather. Dragon dung is recommended for
fertilizer, and lots of it!

To dilute the pus,
either mix with dittany in liquid form or Gillywater. The pus is also able to
lose its scent over time, so be wary when opening mail.


Cleanse wound for five
minutes under clean cold water, before applying dittany. It is recommended that
one also take a potion for the pain.

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