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Linfred of Stinchcombe, also known by the nickname The Potterer,[1] was a twelfth-century wizard and pioneering potioneer, credited with inventing many medicinal potions. He was the founding patriarch of the Potter family.[1]


In the 12th century, Linfred lived in the village of Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire, where he had a reputation as an eccentric, absent-minded man.[1] Nonetheless, his helpful nature and affability made him universally liked and his Muggle neighbours often came to him seeking remedies for their ailments. He was always able to brew these potions for them, using ingredients readily-available from his garden.[1]

The Muggles remained unaware that Linfred's remedies were magical and thus continued thinking of him as just a strange, lovable man who enjoyed "pottering about in his garden with all his funny plants."[1] This lead to him being given the nickname "the Potterer", which over the years was corrupted into simply "Potter."[1]

As his neighbours did not know he was a wizard, Linfred was able to conduct experiments in peace, inventing a number of medicinal potions (including ones which later developed into Skele-Gro and Pepperup Potion).[1] He sold these potions to fellow witches and wizards, amassing great wealth in the process.[1]

Linfred fathered seven children. He left each of them a significant amount of gold upon his death. His eldest son, Hardwin, married Iolanthe Peverell.[1]

Magical abilities and skills

  • Potions: Linfred was a master Potioneer and inventor in the twelfth century. He invented a number of medicinal potions that were used and manufactured long after his death.[1]
  • Healing magic: Linfred was also highly accomplished in healing magic, having developed several powerful healing potions, such as Skele-Gro and the Pepperup Potion.[1]
  • Herbology: He possessed considerable skills in Herbology, as he was able to grow the plants in his garden needed for ingredients in brewing potions.[1]

Behind the scenes


Notes and references

Potions (class)
Arsenius Jigger · Bilius Finbok · Blossom Degrasse · Dai Ryusaki · Damocles Belby · Erica Stainwright · Fleamont Potter · Gethsemane Prickle · Gilderoy Lockhart · Glossy · Glover Hipworth · Golpalott · Gregory the Smarmy · Gunhilda de Gorsemoor · Hector Dagworth-Granger · Hesper Starkey · J. Pippin · Laverne de Montmorency · Libatius Borage · Linfred of Stinchcombe · Mulpepper · Mundungus Fletcher · Nicolas Flamel · Phineas Bourne · Quintia McQuoid · Regulus Moonshine · Rogue alchemist · Rubens Winikus · Sacharissa Tugwood · Skower · Tilden Toots · Dr Ubbly · Vindictus Viridian · Zenith Xeep · Zygmunt Budge
Potions at Hogwarts
Cauldron cupboard · Dungeon Five · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Potions Club · Potions Staircase · Potion Master's office · Potions Storeroom
Professors Bartholomew · Horace Slughorn · Severus Snape · Swoopstikes · Unnamed Professor (16th century) · Unnamed Professor (19th century) · Unnamed Professor (2021)
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
Potions studied at Hogwarts
Ageing Potion · Amortentia · Antidotes · Antidote to Common Poisons · Antidote to garish pink blended poison · Antidote to Uncommon Poisons · Antidote to Veritaserum · Befuddlement Draught · Calming Draught · Cheese-Based Potions · Confusing Concoction · Cough Potion · Cure for Boils · Deflating Draught · Doxycide · Draught of Living Death · Draught of Peace · Elixir to Induce Euphoria · Erumpent Potion · Essence of Insanity · Everlasting Elixirs · Felix Felicis · Fire Protection Potion · Forgetfulness Potion · The Famous French Method for the Bite of a Mad Dog · Garish pink blended poison · Garrotting Gas · Girding Potion · Hair-Raising Potion · Herbicide Potion · Hiccoughing Solution · Invigoration Draught · Laughing Potion · Memory Potion · Pepperup Potion · Polyjuice Potion · Pompion Potion · Potion for Dreamless Sleep · Rat Tonic · Regerminating Potion · Scintillation Solution · Shrinking Solution · Skele-Gro · Sleeping Draught · Strength Potion · Strengthening Solution · Swelling Solution · Undetectable Poisons · Veritaserum · Weedosoros · Wideye Potion · Wiggenweld Potion · Wit-Sharpening Potion · Wolfsbane Potion · Wound-Cleaning Potion