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"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 examines his school supplies[src]
Belladonna is a mundane plant with magical uses. The foliage and berries of this plant are highly poisonous when ingested, being often known to cause delirium and hallucinations.

Fluids from this poisonous plant are used by students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in Potions class, where it is a part of their standard potion making-kit. Other names for Belladonna are Atropa, Deadly Nightshade, Deaths Herb, Dwale, and Witch's berry. The seed of the Belladonna plant is purple.

Behind the scenes

  • Like Aconite, belladonna was once believed to be a key ingredient in witches' flying ointment.[1]
  • In the Middle Ages, some believed belladonna to be the favourite plant of the devil.[1]
  • Historically, belladonna has also been known to have been used as medicine and cosmetics.

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Notes and references


Herbology
Pottedmandrake
Herbologists
Miranda Goshawk · Elladora Ketteridge · 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 Wonderous Water Plants
Plants studied at Hogwarts
Aconite · Asphodel · Belladonna · Bouncing Bulb · Bubotuber · Bubotuber pus · Chinese Chomping Cabbage · Devil's Snare · Fanged Geranium · Fire Seed Bush · Flitterbloom · Flutterby bush · Gillyweed · Ginger · Leaping Toadstool · Mandrake · Mimbulus Mimbletonia · Moly · Nettle · Puffapod · Screechsnap · Self-fertilising shrub · Shrivelfig · Snargaluff · Spiky Bush · Spiky Prickly Plant · Stinksap · Umbrella Flower · Valerian · Vampiric vegetation · Venomous Tentacula · Walking plant · Wormwood · Whomping Willow · Wiggentree · Wild rice
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