Hellebore is a flowering plant used in Herbology and as an ingredient in Potion-brewing. Syrup of Hellebore is a substance extracted from the Hellebore plant.[1] Many species of the Hellebore plant are highly poisonous.

Behind the scenes

Hellebore is a flowering or herbaceous plant that was used in traditional, early European medicine to treat paralysis, gout, and insanity. However, many varieties of hellebore are toxic, and can cause symptoms ranging from vertigo to cardiac arrest. Some historians believe that Alexander the Great died of a hellebore overdose. In legend, it was believed to be used by witches to summon demons.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 12 (Professor Umbridge)
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