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"Ginger root contains many healing properties and can be used in a variety of brews including Beautification Potion."
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Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is a flowering plant whose rhizome, ginger root is used in cooking as a highly-flavoured spice and in folk medicine.[8] It is also used in Ginger Newts,[6] and is also used as an ingredient in the brewing of several potions.[1][2][3][4]


A bottle of powdered ginger root, used in potion-making

Ginger roots are used as part of the Wit-Sharpening Potion,[1][4] and also in the Beautification Potion in powdered form.[2][3]

A ginger root

During fifth year Herbology class in the 1988–1989 school year on ginger roots, Pomona Sprout particularly emphasised that her favourite usage of the root of the plant, was to be added to Butterbeer, advising students to try it after class, with more comments about asking Rosmerta to add it into the drink when students would be having their next Butterbeer.[5]

Ginger is added to drinks. In The Three Broomsticks, Hermione Granger drank Butterbeer with ginger.[7]

Behind the scenes

  • "Ginger" is also a sometimes derogatory insult for people with red hair and freckles. Scabior, Fenrir Greyback, and a drunk man on Tottenham Court Road all referred to Ron Weasley by this term.
  • Ginger produces a hot, fragrant kitchen spice. Young ginger rhizomes are juicy and fleshy with a very mild taste. Mature ginger roots are fibrous and nearly dry. Ginger also has several medical uses such as treating stomach issues, the common cold, and aches and pains.[8]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 27 (Padfoot Returns)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Pottermore
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 16 (A Dance With Diego) - Herbology Lesson "Ginger Root"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (film)
  8. 8.0 8.1 WP favicon.PNG Ginger on Wikipedia
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