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"Never eat the leaves of the Alihotsy tree (also known as the Hyena tree). These leaves cause uncontrollable laughter."
Phyllida Spore, One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi[src]

Alihotsy (also known as the Hyena tree) was a species of magical tree.[1]

Description

The leaves of the plant could induce hysteria and uncontrollable laughter.[1] The treacle produced by the Glumbumble acted as an antidote to the effects of Alihotsy leaves.[10]

Finely chopped Alihotsy leaves were used as an ingredient for the Laughing Potion. The leaves' mirth-inducing properties could be damaged by stirring the potion too vigorously following its addition to the mixture.[6] They were also the main ingredient in the Alihotsy Draught,[5][8] and were also used in the Memory Potion.[7]

History

Minister for Magic Wilhelmina Tuft died in office after discovering her allergy to Alihotsy-flavoured fudge.[9]

Jacob's sibling and Professor Sprout observing Alihotsy in Herbology

Alihotsy was grown in the Hogwarts greenhouses at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[7][2] During the 1988–1989 school year, Jacob's sibling and Merula Snyde retrieved some from the greenhouses, along with Peppermint for a Memory Potion, despite being refused to do so by Professor Sprout, by managing to fool her in their Animagus form and then taking the plants once she had left.[7] During the 1990–1991 school year, Professor Sprout taught seventh-year Herbology students about the Alihotsy plant.[2]

Etymology

The name of the plant is derived from Alohotsy, one of the sixteen figures of Sikidy, an East African form of Geomancy. As defined by J. K. Rowling, the figure symbolises "lightness of spirit".[11]

Appearances

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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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