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"As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite."
Professor Severus Snape during Harry Potter's first Potions class[src]

Aconite (also known as monkshood or wolfsbane) is a mundane plant with magical properties.

Description

Aconite

A sprig of Aconite

Once widespread, this plant is now only found in wild places. Its flowers are useful in Potion-making, but its leaves are very toxic. The root of aconite can be used as a potion ingredient. Aconite is most commonly known as an ingredient of Wolfsbane Potion,[3] but it is also an ingredient in Wideye Potion.[4] 

History

During the 1988–1989 school year, Fifth year Herbology students were taught about Aconite by Professor Pomona Sprout.[2]

In 1991, Severus Snape critically interrogated Harry Potter about this plant in his first Potions lesson with him to see how much he knew about the subject.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • There are over 250 species of Aconitum, the most common of which are known as aconite, monkshood, or wolfsbane.
  • Aconitum species are highly toxic, although they were used in medicine as a pain-reliever, diuretic, heart sedative, and to induce sweating.[5]
  • In medieval Europe, aconite was often used as poison in animal bait[6] or on arrows used when hunting wolves, hence the herb also became known as wolfsbane.[7]
  • Aconite, a member of the buttercup family, was believed to be an important ingredient in witches' flying ointments.[8][9]
  • The closed captions for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone erroneously refers to aconite as "akamite."

Appearances

Notes and references


Herbology
Pottedmandrake
Herbologists
Miranda Goshawk · Quiac Marinus · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Gethsemane Prickle · Selina Sapworthy · Phyllida Spore · Tilden Toots · Hadrian Whittle · Sir Winogrand
Herbology at Hogwarts
Herbology Award · Herbology Lesson Cup · Herbology Race Cup · Herbology Store
Greenhouses One · Two · Three · Four · Five · Six · Seven · Professor's Office
Professors Herbert Beery · Pomona Sprout · Neville Longbottom
Textbooks Encyclopedia of Toadstools · Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Goshawk's Guide to Herbology · Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Devil's Snare · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Knotgrass · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Toad-eating plant · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
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