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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[4] (also known as monkshood or wolfsbane)[1][5] was a mundane plant with magical properties.[1]

Description

Its flowers were useful in Potion-making,[1] but its leaves were very toxic.[3] The root of aconite could be used as a potion ingredient.[6] Aconite was most commonly known as an ingredient of Wolfsbane Potion,[6] but it was also an ingredient in Wideye Potion.[2]

History

"Put your gloves on, because today we're tending Aconite. Aconite is useful in many potions, but it's very toxic. Poisoning will result in a failing grade and a visit to the Hospital Wing. Before we begin, I will demonstrate proper safety precautions."
— Professor Sprout to fifth year Herbology students[src]

The Sunrise Early Edition of The New York Ghost published on 30 May 1927 had an article located on page 11, column 4 about Wolfsane seeds found in No-Maj nursery.[7]

Jacob's sibling watering Aconite in Herbology

During the 1988–1989 school year, fifth-year Herbology students were taught about Aconite by Professor Pomona Sprout. She had her students wear their dragon-hide gloves whilst handling the plant due its toxicity.[3]

On 2 September 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.[8]
  • In medieval Europe, aconite was often used as poison in animal bait.[9] or on arrows used when hunting wolves, hence the herb also became known as wolfsbane.[10]
  • Aconite, a member of the buttercup family, was believed to be an important ingredient in witches' flying ointments.[11][12]
  • The closed captions for the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone erroneously refers to aconite as "akamite."
  • This plant was created for the Beta testing of Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, but it along with other ingredients and potions did not make the final cut and were not released in the game.

Appearances

Notes and references

Herbology
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Herbologists
Blossom Degrasse · Miranda Goshawk · Quiac Marinus · Beaumont Marjoribanks · Nepali wizard · Gethsemane Prickle · Sanjay Shanker · 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 · Unnamed Professor (19th century)
Textbooks Flesh-Eating Trees of the World · Ingredient Encyclopedia · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Winogrand's Wondrous Water Plants
Plants studied and grown at Hogwarts
Aconite · Alihotsy · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Cowbane · Devil's Snare · Dirigible plum · Dittany · Fanged Geranium · Fat cactus-like plant · Fire seed bush · Flitterbloom · Floo · Flutterby bush · Fluxweed · Gillyweed · Ginger · Hemlock · Honking daffodil · Ivy · Knotgrass · Lady's Mantle · Lavender · Leaping Toadstool · Lovage · Mandrake · Mimbulus mimbletonia · Mistletoe · Moly · Nettle · Peppermint · Puffapod · Raspberry · Rose · Sage · Screechsnap · Scurvy grass · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Sneezewort · Sopophorous plant · Sopophorous bean · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Sugar Shrub · Toad-eating plant · Tormentil · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wax vegetables · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice · Wormwood
Spells taught in Herbology at Hogwarts
Fire-Making Spell (Incendio) · Herbivicus Charm (Herbivicus) · Incendio Duo Spell (Incendio Duo) · Lumos Solem Spell (Lumos Solem) · Severing Charm (Diffindo)
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