"I don't expect you will really understand the beauty
of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate
power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring
the senses...I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper
death -- if you aren't as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have
Potions are magical liquids created by mixing various ingredients in a cauldron according to very specific rules. These mixtures must usually be drunk to give their magical effect. The ingredients in potions range from the mundane to the bizarre and fantastic, and the procedures for creating some potions can be complicated and time-consuming. Severus Snape was the Potions Master at Hogwarts from c. 1980 [Y0] to the fall of 1996 [Y16]. Horace Slughorn took over as Potions Master for the 1996 - 97 [Y16 - Y17] school year. The Potions classroom is located in a chilly, dark dungeon.
Students studied antidotes extensively, taking it seriously because Snape hinted that he might poison a student before Christmas to see if his or her antidote worked (GF15). Other potions on the syllabus included Wit-Sharpening Potion (GF27).
Details as yet unknown. Students prepare for the Potions N.E.W.T.