"Some of you will benefit from today's assignment: Wit-Sharpening Potion. Perhaps you should begin immediately."
—Severus Snape implies his low expectations of his class[src]

The Wit-Sharpening Potion is a potion which allows the drinker to think more clearly.[3] Due to this, it acts an antidote to the Confundus Charm.[1]

History

A bottle of Wit-Sharpening Potion

During the 1986–1987 school year, Merula Snyde stole Penny Haywood's Wit-Sharpening Potion and presented it as her own before Professors Dumbledore and Snape, both of whom deemed it an exceptional concoction and felt that Merula deserved special recognition. Penny, however, enlisted Jacob's sibling help to expose Merula's fraudulency and reclaim the ownership of her Wit-Sharpening Potion, which ultimately resulted in the successful revelation of Merula's transgression and Penny being duly awarded her special recognition.[6]

A bottle of Wit-Sharpening Potion

During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Professor Severus Snape taught his fifth year Potions students how to concoct this particular brew, in preparation for their Ordinary Wizarding Levels that year.[3]

During the 1994–1995 school year, Severus Snape taught his fourth year Potions students to make this potion shortly after the second task of the Triwizard Tournament in 1995. While working, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger discussed an article by Rita Skeeter that had recently been published in Witch Weekly. Snape found the trio reading the magazine, and, much to their humiliation, read it aloud to the entire class (the article falsely accused Hermione of toying with the hearts of both Viktor Krum and Harry). Snape split the group up, telling them to concentrate on their potions, but Harry found it difficult to do so, as Snape continued to goad him privately. The class was further interrupted by the entrance of Igor Karkaroff. Harry purposely spilled his armadillo bile so that he could linger after the class was done and try to find out what Karkaroff wanted to tell Snape.[5]

Brewing instructions

This potion completed in a cauldron

  1. Mix in Ginger Root until lime green.
  2. Mix Armadillo bile until blue.
  3. Mix Ground Scarab Beetles until red.
  4. Remix Armadillo Bile until red liquid is yellow. (Not dark green)
  5. Remix Ginger Roots until brew is lime green.
  6. Mix Armadillo Bile until the potion is purple.[1]

Behind the scenes

  1. Use knife to cut off two pieces of ginger root and add to cauldron. Potion should turn from blue to green.
  2. Add armadillo bile until potion turns blue.
  3. Grind scarab beetles in pestle, sprinkle in cauldron until potion turns red.
  4. Add more armadillo bile until potion turns yellow.
  5. Chop four more pieces of ginger root and add to cauldron. Potion should turn green.
  6. Stir clockwise until potion turns yellow.[7]
  • In each video game this potion appears in, this potion is a different colour. Therefore, it is unclear as to what this potion's canonical physical appearance is, or it is possible that this potion's colour depends on its brewing procedure and/or ingredients used.

Appearances

Notes and references


Potions (class)
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Potioneers
Arsenius Jigger · Bilius Finbok · Blossom Degrasse · Damocles Belby · Erica Stainwright · Fleamont Potter · Gethsemane Prickle · Gilderoy Lockhart · Glossy · Glover Hipworth · Golpalott · Gregory the Smarmy · Gunhilda de Gorsemoor · Hector Dagworth-Granger · Hesper Starkey · J. Pippin · Laverne de Montmorency · Libatius Borage · Linfred of Stinchcombe · Mulpepper · Mundungus Fletcher · Nicolas Flamel · Phineas Bourne · Quintia McQuoid · Regulus Moonshine · Rubens Winikus · Sacharissa Tugwood · Skower · Tilden Toots · Dr. Ubbly · Vindictus Viridian · Zygmunt Budge
Potions at Hogwarts
Cauldron cupboard · Dungeon Five · Potions basement · Potions Classroom · Potions Club · Potions Staircase · Potion Master's office · Potion Master's storeroom
Professors Bartholomew · Horace Slughorn · Severus Snape · Swoopstikes · Unnamed Professor (16th century) · Unnamed Professor (19th century) · Unnamed Professor (2021)
Textbooks Magical Drafts and Potions · One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi · Advanced Potion-Making · Moste Potente Potions · A Collection of Above Three Hundred Receipts in Cookery, Physick, and Surgery
Potions studied at Hogwarts
Ageing Potion · Amortentia · Antidotes · Antidote to Common Poisons · Antidote to garish pink blended poison · Antidote to Uncommon Poisons · Befuddlement Draught · Calming Draught · Cheese-Based Potions · Confusing Concoction · Cough potion · Cure for Boils · Deflating Draught · Doxycide · Draught of Living Death · Draught of Peace · Elixir to Induce Euphoria · Erumpent Potion · Essence of Insanity · Everlasting Elixirs · Felix Felicis · Fire Protection Potion · Forgetfulness Potion · Garish pink blended poison · Girding Potion · Hair-Raising Potion · Herbicide Potion · Hiccoughing Solution · Invigoration Draught · Laughing Potion · Memory Potion · Pepperup Potion · Polyjuice Potion · Pompion Potion · Potion for Dreamless Sleep · Regerminating Potion · Scintillation Solution · Shrinking Solution · Skele-Gro · Sleeping Draught · Strength Potion · Strengthening Solution · Swelling Solution · Undetectable Poisons · Veritaserum · Weedosoros · Wideye Potion · Wiggenweld Potion · Wit-Sharpening Potion · Wound-Cleaning Potion


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