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"Some of these potions have effects almost too gruesome to think about."
— Description[src]

Moste Potente Potions was a book by Phineas Bourne[1] that gave instructions on how to brew various advanced potions. The book was described as having gruesome potions listed inside.[4]


Hermione using this book to brew Polyjuice Potion

In 1992, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley planned to sneak into the Slytherin common room in order to investigate the mystery of Slytherin's Heir, and needed to make Polyjuice Potion so they could disguise themselves as Slytherin students.[2]

A copy of this book

Hermione obtained a permission slip to check Moste Potente Potions out of the Restricted Section from Gilderoy Lockhart, claiming that the book contained information on slow-acting venoms that she thought might help her understand what Lockhart had written on this subject in Gadding with Ghouls.[3]

Hermione then spent one month brewing the Polyjuice Potion in Moaning Myrtle's lavatory, which included using two of the ingredients that were stolen from Professor Snape's stores.


A picture from "Moste Potente Potions"

Moste Potente Potions contained recipes for many dangerous, controversial, and arcane potions, which required advanced skills and knowledge in potion-making to brew. Gruesome illustrations showed the effects of such potions. The Hogwarts Library accordingly kept its copy of this book in the Restricted Section.[3]

Two potions known that were included in this book are Polyjuice Potion and Laxative Potion. It may have also contained information on Slow-acting venoms and other poisons, but this is uncertain.[3]

Behind the scenes

  • In the film adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the book was found in the regular section of the library.
  • Also in the book, there is a picture (Figure VII) of a woman with a grotesquely large spider on her head, almost worn like an ornament. Whether or not this is an effect of a potion is unknown. It is possible that it is the side-effect of accidentally imbibing a Polyjuice Potion contaminated by spider hairs, similar as to when Hermione was partially transformed into a cat when her Polyjuice Potion was contaminated with cat hair.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 See this image.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 9 (The Writing on the Wall)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 10 (The Rogue Bludger)
  4. Pottermore
  5. See this image.