"It sprang to life at once; long, prickly, bramble-like vines flew out of the top and whipped through the air... Harry succeeded in trapping a couple of vines and knotting them together; a hole opened in the middle of all the tentacle-like branches... Hermione snatched her arm free, clutching in her fingers a pod... At once, the prickly vines shot back inside and the gnarled stump sat there looking like an innocently dead lump of wood"
—The trio dealing with the Snargaluff plant in sixth year Herbology class[src]

The Snargaluff is a magical plant with the appearance of a gnarled stump, but hides dangerous thorn-covered vines that attack when provoked and is usually best handled by more than one person.[1]


HM y3 Snargaluff

A Snargaluff pod

It contains green pulsating pods, about the size of a grapefruit, which can be extracted. These are then broken open and the contents, which resemble pale green tubers, collected in bowls. Sixth year Herbology students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry learn to extract these pods, which are best when fresh.[1]



Growing Snargaluff

On 1 December 1926, The New York Ghost featured a game "Spot the Snargaluff" on page 16 of their Sunset Final edition.[2]

At the end of the 1986–1987 school year, this plant was taught to Jacob's sibling by their House Prefect as a farewell gift.[3]

Xenophilius Lovegood had some of these plants (or, at least, stumps resembling Snargaluffs) in the garden in front of his house.[4]

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Professor Sprout, Peeves and other students of Hogwarts used Snargaluff pods as weapons against the attacking Death Eaters.[5]


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14 (Felix Felicis)
  2. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (see this image)
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Farewell My Prefect"
  4. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)

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