The berry of the mistletoe is small, white, and waxy.[2] It is used as an ingredient in potions, including the Antidote to Common Poisons and the Forgetfulness Potion.[1]

The Holiday Blancmange Severus Snape recalled enjoying in his youth used mistletoe berries as ingredients.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • The use of mistletoe berries as an ingredient in the Antidote to Common Poisons is ironic: the non-berry parts of the mistletoe plant are extremely poisonous, causing intense stomach pain,[4] diarrhoea,[4] low pulse,[4] visual disturbances,[5] and convulsions[5] if eaten.
    • However, the berries are considered "relatively non-toxic" if only a small amount are ingested, but can cause stomach upset when eaten in larger quantities.[5]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Pottermore
  2. WP favicon.PNG Viscum album on Wikipedia
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, "THE GIFT OF GRATITUDE" Achievement - Part 2, Side Quest "Snow Much Fun"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "WP favicon.PNG Mistletoe on Wikipedia
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 "Berries and Seeds" from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
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