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"This is a real snake skin. Wait a minute... a boomslang is a snake!"
Harry Potter[src]

The boomslang is a large, highly venomous snake.[1]

Uses in potions

A jar of shredded Boomslang skin

The boomslang's skin was used in certain potions, most notably Polyjuice Potion.[2] Boomslang skin was not a common potion ingredient, but could be found in the private store room for the Potions professor at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[3][4]


The English word "boomslang" is an English loan-word from Afrikaans or Dutch, "boom" meaning tree, and "slang" meaning snake.


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