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"Today we will be mixing a potion that often comes up at Ordinary Wizarding Level: The Draught of Peace, a potion to calm anxiety and soothe agitation. Be warned: If you are too heavy-handed with the ingredients you will put the drinker into a heavy and sometimes irreversible sleep, so you will need to pay close attention to what you are doing."
— Severus Snape[src]

The Draught of Peace was a potion which relieved anxiety and agitation. Its ingredients were powdered moonstone, syrup of hellebore, powdered porcupine quills, and powdered unicorn horn. It should have been a turquoise blue colour when finished, and simmered before being consumed.[1]

History

Penny Haywood brewed this potion in the 1988–1989 school year with Jacob's sibling.[3]

This was the first potion that Severus Snape assigned to fifth year students in 1995. A lot of students did poorly, including Seamus Finnigan, Gregory Goyle, Neville Longbottom, and Ron Weasley. However, Professor Snape singled out Harry Potter, giving him alone a zero grade for the day's work by emptying out his cauldron for simply missing out the syrup of hellebore due to misreading the instructions.[1]

Poppy Pomfrey later administered this potion to several fifth-year students suffering from anxiety and panic over the Ordinary Wizarding Levels.[4]

Concoction

It was ironically a difficult potion to make, requiring that the brewer followed the directions carefully, because making a mistake could have drastic consequences. Adding too much of the ingredients, for instance, would put the drinker of the potion into a deep — and possibly irreversible — sleep.[1]

The directions for making the potion were very detailed. Ingredients had to be added in the exact order and amounts specified, and the potion needed to be stirred seven times, both clockwise and counter-clockwise. Before the addition of the final ingredient, hellebore, the temperature of the flames had to be lowered, and the potion allowed to simmer for seven minutes.[1]

If brewed correctly, the potion would emit a silvery vapour, but the possible characteristics of a failed batch seemed to be endless (everything from green sparks, dark grey steam, a sulphurous odour, a cement-like consistency, to a dangerous instability that would cause it to explode and set one's robes alight).[1]

Recipe

"Add powdered moonstone, stir three times counterclockwise, allow to simmer for seven minutes, then add two drops of syrup of hellebore."
— Severus Snape instructing fifth years how to correctly brew this potion[src]

The Draught of Peace being brewed in a cauldron

To brew the Draught of Peace, follow these steps:

  1. Add powdered moonstone until the potion turns green.
  2. Stir until the potion turns blue.
  3. Add powdered moonstone until the potion turns purple.
  4. Allow to simmer until the potion turns pink.
  5. Add syrup of hellebore until the potion turns turquoise.
  6. Allow to simmer until the potion turns purple.
  7. Shake powdered porcupine quills vigorously until they are ready and then add until the potion turns red.
  8. Stir until the potion turns orange.
  9. Add more porcupine quills until the potion turns turquoise.
  10. Allow to simmer till the potion turns purple.
  11. Add powdered unicorn horn until the potion turns pink.
  12. Stir until the potion turns red.
  13. Allow to simmer until the potion turns purple.
  14. Add more powdered moonstone until the potion turns grey.
  15. Allow the potion to simmer until it turns orange.
  16. Add more powdered porcupine quills until the potion turns white. Stirring
  17. Simmering lowers heat. Add exactly 7 drops of hellebore.[5]

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