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"Snape made them all nervous, breathing down their necks while they tried to remember how to make a Forgetfulness potion."
— The first-year Potions exam in 1992 involving this potion[src]

The Forgetfulness Potion was a potion which caused an unknown degree of memory loss in the drinker.[1] The recipe for this potion could be found in Magical Drafts and Potions; its key ingredients included Lethe River Water, mistletoe berries, and Valerian sprigs.[1][3]

History

"I feel like I've drunk a Forgetfulness Potion. How do I do this again?"
Jacob's sibling asking Penny Haywood a question[src]

During the 1986–1987 school year, Penny Haywood asked Jacob's sibling to brew the potion with her in secret, intending to drink it herself to erase a painful memory.[3]

Since this potion was of beginner's level, Professor Severus Snape had his first-year students brew this potion for their final exam in 1992.[2]

Second-year students studied this potion in the 2009–2010 school year.[4]

Recipe

A bottle of this potion

Part 1

  1. Add 2 drops of Lethe River Water to your cauldron
  2. Gently heat for 20 seconds
  3. Add 2 Valerian sprigs to your cauldron
  4. Stir 3 times, clockwise
  5. Wave your wand
  6. Leave to brew and return in 45-60 minutes.[1]

Part 2

  1. Add 2 measures of Standard Ingredient to the mortar
  2. Add 4 mistletoe berries to the mortar
  3. Crush into a medium-fine powder using the pestle
  4. Add 2 pinches of the crushed mixture to your cauldron
  5. Stir 5 times, anti-clockwise
  6. Wave your wand to complete the potion.[1]

See also

Behind the scenes

  • Given that every potion's brewing process must include a magical component to complete it, the most likely spell to complete this potion's brewing process is a Memory Charm.

Appearances

Notes and references

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Potioneers
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Textbooks A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick, and Surgery · Advanced Potion-Making · Ingredient Encyclopedia · Magical Drafts and Potions · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi
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