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 6

Chapter 38

Bouncing Bulb

Also called Resilio
this magical plant is able to jump around, when not restrained.
Purple in nature, Bouncing Bulbs consist of a bulb shaped plant, with several
green leaves sprouting from its top. To care for this plant, it is best to have
a bathtub's worth of dirt (neutral PH level), in a relatively bright area. Centaur
tears are best when watering. Young Bouncing Bulbs are easy enough to handle,
though if they wiggle free they often try to hit you in the face. Bouncing Bulbs
have the ability to grow to the size of doorways; therefore, it is important to
recognize signs of aggression from a Bouncing Bulb, as well as how to subdue

Smaller Bulbs may be subdued with a knockback jinx
Flipendo (fli-PEN-doh). The wand movement is a check-mark, hill, and then
valley. a larger Bouncing Bulb
requires fire, to which I recommend the spell incendio (in-SEN-dee-o). This
spell's wand movement is quite literally the shape of a flame.


resemble green onions in appearance, their foul scent makes them easily
distinguishable. What is lacking in their scent is not made up for by their
taste. Gurdyroot Infusion, a drink made with this plant, is of a red-purple
colour, and a 'bogey-like' taste.Gurdyroots are able to
grow in a diverse range of environments, provided the soil has enough
nutrients. Sunlight and water in adequate amounts will keep the Gurdyroot alive
for several months, as long as the soil is nutritious. If there is a lot of
sunlight, Gurdyroots can grow to be up to fifteen centimetres in diameter. In
order to take care of a Gurdyroot, it is necessary to have the plant in a pot
seven and a half times the size of the bulb (or have the same ratio of space
for the Gurdyroot if planted outdoors). What makes the Gurdyroot difficult to
grow is many bugs like to 'attack' this plant, as the smell is offensive to
them. While many mundane critters are kept at bay by the odour, bugs which have
magic are inclined to attempt to break through the stem of the plant. To
prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you place a protective
spell around your plant. Nonperiurabis should do the trick.


Otherwise known as Monkshood
or Wolfsbane, (in muggle society "the queen of poisons",
leopard's bane, women's bane, blue rocket, and devil's
are other names which refer to Aconite) Aconitum comes from the
Greek word ἀκόνιτον
or akonitos, meaning 'without dust' or 'without struggle'. Without struggle
would be the more appropriate reference, and refers to the toxicity of aconite
leaves, which were often used to kill wild animals during the middle ages. The
poison was also applied to the tips of arrows when muggles fought each other in
battle. Aconite is a poisonous sedative, powerful in small doses, and can be used to slow
heart rate. It is also known to treat prickly pain in the skin.

Aconite can be found in the wild, in forests and mountain ranges of
moderate temperatures. To care for Aconite, always wear your dragon-hide
gloves. If you are
harvesting the plant outdoors, be careful not to leave parts of the root
exposed, as it can harm the wildlife nearby. (Remember, Aconite is
highly poisonous). When growing Aconite, one had
best use nutritious soil, the darker and fluffier the better. Aconite
in shady areas, so if you are planting outside it is best to plant
close to trees. Do not attend to your Aconite while you have open wounds
on your
hand, as it takes great caution to ensure correct dosages of Aconite are
at the best of times. If your wound becomes infected by Aconite's
poison, apply
the antidote (a fully plant based potion: antropine) immediately, and
head to St
Mungo's, as only certified Healers will be able to fully handle your
care. The
importance of seeking treatment cannot be stressed enough. Death occurs
instantaneously with large doses, although usually within two and six
hours of
exposure. Symptoms (which are evident within the first hour) include
nausea, and vomiting first, and then sensations of burning in the
mouth, and face, as well as tingling and numbness in the mouth and face.
death nears, numbness spreads throughout the body. Sweating, dizziness,
headaches, confusion, and troubles with breathing may also occur.

Wormwood (Absinthe)

Wormwood is a plant
which is commonly associated with sorrow and bitterness, and has been used in
potion making since as long as potioneers have recorded knowledge of. Wormwood
grows to a height between one and two metres, usually closer to two. Common
throughout Europe, Wormwood has wood-like roots, and leaves which are between
two and eight inches. Wormwood prefers salty water, which many Herbologists
speculate to be related to the bitterness in taste and bitterness in nature of
the plant.

Wormwood is an ingredient
in the Draught of Living Death. Healers will often use Wormwood in potions to
help with digestive disorders. Properties of Wormwood include the ability to
induce sweating, stimulate the imagination, increase hunger, settle stomach,
and is a counter-irritant (reduces pain). Wormwood leaves and flowers may be placed
on the skin for dulling the pain of wounds such as insect bites. In potions,
wormwood is also used by Healers to treat fevers, gall bladder, and lover

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