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Poisoned cocoa

A cup of poisoned cocoa

"She remembered putting something in her mistress's cocoa that turned out not to be sugar, but a lethal and little-known poison. It was concluded that she had not meant to do it, but being old and confused —"
Hokey's false memory of having poisoned her mistress[src]

This lethal and little-known poison was used by Tom Riddle to kill Hepzibah Smith.[1]


The British Ministry of Magic assumed that Hepzibah's house-elf Hokey killed Hepzibah Smith, her old age causing her to mistake the poison for sugar when making her mistress's evening cocoa. However, it was actually Tom Riddle's doing, two days after his last meeting with the elder witch, so he could steal Salazar Slytherin's Locket and Helga Hufflepuff's Cup, which were in Hepzibah's possession, while implanting a false memory into the elf to frame her.[1]


Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 20 (Lord Voldemort's Request)