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"Take two pints of water, half a pound of shredded mandrake leaves, and a newt..."
—A Hogwarts Library book[src]

The leaves of a mandrake can be used as ingredients in Potions. They also have additional magical properties: part of the process by which one becomes an Animagus is holding the leaf of a mandrake in their mouth for an entire month.[1]

History

In 1995, while searching for information that would help him survive the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament, Harry Potter searched books feverishly for references to "water," but generally found unhelpful information such as Potions suggestions that mentioned water, along with other ingredients such as mandrake leaves.[2]

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Notes and references

  1. Pottermore facts from the 2014 UK editions of the Harry Potter books (transcript and link to photographs here)
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
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