A mixture of powdered silver and dittany is used by wizards to treat werewolf bites, thus preventing a victim from bleeding to death. Despite this, there are several tales of wizards who begged to be allowed to die, rather than face life as a werewolf.[1]

The different ways of treating werewolf bites are covered on the first year Defence Against the Dark Arts curriculum at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry[2] (something that the Ministry of Magic deemed an "age appropriate subject"[3]).

This mixture is, with all likelihood, behind the (false) Muggle belief that a werewolf can be killed by using a silver bullet.[1]


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