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Task 4: Potions

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It seems that Prof. Flitwick has a secret love for potion making. Who would have thought? He's always encouraged creativity and fun, so today he's letting everyone create their own unique potion. 


Tell us about your potion looks like, smells like, does, what the main ingredients are, etc, in 100 words or more. If you include a graphic of your potion, you only have to write 50 words. Posting below by January 31st at 11:59 pm HOL time will get you 10 rubies. 

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LInguae Peritus (aka The Language Expert Potion)
Purpose:  Gives the ability to correctly speak/understand any language.  Effects last roughly 2 hours.
Characteristics:  The potion is cobalt blue in color and smells like butterscotch.  The taste is pleasant; butterscotch mixed with a hint of cinnamon.

Main Ingredients:

Adders Fork:  Adeptness

Armadillo Bile:  Sharp Wit

Powdered Bicorn Horn:  Duality 

Butterscotch:  Smoothness, also acts as flavoring agent

Dragon Claw:  Brain Boost
Gingerroot:  Sharp Wit
Honey: Sweetness
Pearl Dust:  Eloquence
Blue Rose Oil:  Sensitivity, also acts as coloring agent

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“—You may say We grows seasonals of transparency,

yet there’s reason We grows annuals of opaque.” - C.Y.M.


The ‘Potion of Inscne’ [“INSH-kna”] gives its drinker power to shift the quality of their expressive gender to any area on the spectrum between the spirit of feminine and masculine energies.


This was discovered, through a necessary request of assistance from her parents, by 11 year old Irish muggle, Eilís Ryan [“AY-lish” or “EYE-lish” meaning ‘Pledged to God’, corresponding with the English name Elizabeth, sometimes Alice; “RY-en”, derived from the Gaelic word “” meaning ‘King’], whose neighbor, Miss Cemphra Maebh (18th century Herbologist), was the notorious Witch believed to have spent her post educational life Imping crafts of plant and baking Magic into the presence of children labeled “without the sense.”


Ryan (who was later referred to by many as “Our King” or “King from God”, as her name implies)  grew up to be a powerful influence on both communities.


Miss Maebh fell off of the radar at a young age. Appreciated only after by notepads left behind containing memory fragments of any developments or progress along her quest toward cultivating the divide between the world she grew up with and non-magic people through the local youth. Notes which some have argued were riddled with signs of mental insanity.


There are those who still say that the children Cemphra spent her time with were either falsely “lead” into their successes (that it came directly from Maebh herself to be used as evidential ‘proof’ of her own opinions), or at best that her young friends only showed signs of unusual ability “by accident” or some other form of “coincidence.”



  • Brigid’s plant (Dandelion)
  • Rosemary
  • Valerian root
  • Blackberry Vinegar



Inscne Potions cannot be made by a single individual, nor by uneven numbers.*{1}


Otherwise, this is a relatively simple potion to create with a surprising amount of flexibility. It is essentially impossible to fail if basic instructions are followed.


All who are involved must split themselves into two groups: one 'feminine', the other 'masculine'. Both sides must be represented.


This is not pendant on an individuals physical sex —which was found to be irrelevant— but asks each person to decide where the spirit of their energy dwells in that moment. Meaning one could represent the other essence during subsequent batches, rather than always being bound to a single perspective.


One requirement being this may not be decided mindlessly (i.e. without any level of consideration). If not chosen with intentionality, common knowledge says the potion will refuse to benefit those who ignore this factor or anyone working alongside them. Most scholars suggest this is the case even if they technically have aligned with the “correct” side during the encounter. This is seen as a sign of disrespect. Contrariwise, those whose intentions are pure will never be ignored by Magic.


Both teams must boil their own small amount of water. The feminine side adding Valerian root*{2} while stirring counter-clockwise, the masculine side adding Brigid’s plant while stirring clockwise.


Remove from heat and cool to a drinkable temperature. 


The masculine side should then add rosemary to their brew, which at this point can be transferred into the Valerian water at any time.


From here, the potion is ready to be strained for use or to be stored, with or without delay. Blackberry vinegar must be added —only by a member of this specific feminine group— immediately prior to consumption (within a half-minute). Effects will take place in a matter of moments, lasting on average approximately 2-3 hours.


*{1} the exception to this rule is when preparers form in multiples of three (the only time uneven groupings has been practiced successfully) which typically brews incredibly potent batches —particularly when numbers are also in balance: i.e. 3 and 3 or 9 and 9 vs. 3 and 6 or 6 and 12, though structures such as 1 and 2 or 7 and 5 would also be acceptable in this case— regardless of the dominating gender


*{2} it doesn’t matter how little or how much any ingredient is used in this potion. In fact, if other prompts are followed appropriately, the incorporation of additional ingredients for preference of taste has been known to work with equal effectiveness

Edited by Prof. Sindor Aloyarc
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This is a basic but very good potion for tackling colds. It consists mostly of chamomile to help the patient relax and to drift more easily off to sleep; a suttle amount of ginger to soothe a sore throat and ease nausea; a little lemon and runny honey to help stop a tickly throat and cough. It can be taken as a herbal tea and as and whenever it is needed. While it can be drunk cold it is more tasty and soothing if drunk when hot.

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