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"Well, now, this looks absolutely wonderful. Euphoria, I take it? And what’s that I smell? Mmmm... you’ve added just a sprig of peppermint, haven’t you? Unorthodox, but what a stroke of inspiration, Harry, of course, that would tend to counterbalance the occasional side effects of excessive singing and nose-tweaking... I really don’t know where you get these brain waves, my boy...unless — — it’s just your mother’s genes coming out in you!"
Horace Slughorn praising Harry Potter's peppermint infused Elixir to Induce Euphoria[src]

Peppermint is a mint plant.[1]

History

A Peppermint Sprig used in potions

Severus Snape discovered that adding a sprig of it to the Elixir to Induce Euphoria counteracted the potion's side effects of unrestrained singing and nose-tweaking while he was still a student at Hogwarts in the 1970s.[2]

In 1997, Harry Potter had to make an Elixir to Induce Euphoria for Potions, and so he followed the modified brewing instructions that Snape had written in his copy of Advanced Potion-Making as a teenager. Professor Slughorn thought the addition of peppermint to the recipe was "unorthodox" but a "stroke of inspiration."[2]

It is also commonly used in both the wizarding and Muggle world to flavour sweets and concoctions, such as Peppermint Humbugs,[3][4] Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans,[5] Peppermint Toads,[6][7][8] and Pepper Imps.[9]

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Pottermore
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 22 (After the Burial)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 7 (The Sorting Hat)
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 6 (The Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 10 (The Marauder's Map)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 11 (The Firebolt)
  8. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 13 (Gryffindor versus Ravenclaw)
  9. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Act One, Scene Three - "SCORPIUS: Easy. I’ve always regarded the Pepper Imp as the king of the confectionery bag. They’re peppermint sweets that make you smoke at the ears."
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