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"Gather 'round class, today we will be learning how to grow and care for Belladonna. Belladonna is poisonous, so please be mindful not to digest any. I am looking at you, Miss Tonks."
Professor Sprout to her fifth-year Herbology students[src]

Belladonna, also known as Deadly Nightshade[1] or Atropa,[2] was a mundane plant with magical uses.[1][3] Belladona was poisonous and unsafe for human consumption.[1]

History

"Harry started unwrapping the shopping. Apart from The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4, by Miranda Goshawk, he had a handful of new quills, a dozen rolls of parchment, and refills for his potion-making kit — he had been running low on spine of lionfish and essence of belladonna."
— Harry Potter examining his school supplies[src]

A jar containing Belladonna

Fluids from this poisonous plant were used by students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Potions class, where it was a part of their standard potion-making kit.[3]

Jacob's sibling tending to a Belladonna plant in Herbology

During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, fifth-year Herbology students were taught about how to grow and care for Belladonna by Professor Pomona Sprout.[1] The Herbology Ordinary Wizarding Level examination in 1989, both written and practical, involved the plant Belladonna.[2]

Harry Potter had to purchase some essence of belladonna in Diagon Alley before the start of his fourth year in the summer of 1994, along with spine of lionfish.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • Like Aconite, belladonna was once believed to be a key ingredient in witches' flying ointment.[4]
  • In the Middle Ages, some believed belladonna to be the favourite plant of the devil.[4]
  • Historically, belladonna has also been known to have been used as medicine and cosmetics.

Appearances

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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 4 (Opposite Day) - Herbology Lesson "Belladonna"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "Ordinary Wizarding Levels" Achievement - Part 1, Side Quest "Take the O.W.L.s!"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 10 (Mayhem at the Ministry)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rodale's Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs
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