Harry Potter: " don't need me- you could use Legilimency...or Veritaserum..."
Albus Dumbledore: "Professor Slughorn is an extremely able wizard who will be expecting both. He is much more accomplished at Occlumency than poor Morfin Gaunt, and I would be astonished if he has not carried an antidote to Veritaserum with him ever since I coerced him into giving me this travesty of a recollection."
Albus Dumbledore and Harry Potter discussing ways of getting Horace Slughorn to give them the true memory[src]

An antidote to Veritaserum exists to counteract the effects of the said truth serum.


Horace Slughorn was said to have kept one with him during the 1996–1997 school year, ever since Albus Dumbledore tried to persuade him to divulge a memory that Slughorn was too ashamed to give.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Slughorn was known to be a very skilled Occlumens, which would allow him to resist the effects of Veritaserum. Therefore, carrying this antidote would seem redundant.[1]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 17 (A Sluggish Memory)
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