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"Suffice it to say that even hermits suffer from household pests. Hence I created this, a full-bodied venomous mixture, yet well-rounded."
-- Zygmunt Budge (BoP)

 

"When I say the word, start spraying immediately. ...They'll come flying out at us, I expect, but it says on the sprays one good squirt will paralyze them. When they're immobilized, just throw them in this bucket."
-- Molly Weasley on using Doxycide (OP6)

Doxycide

Black liquid, usually delivered by spray bottle, used to knock out Doxies so that they can be safely disposed of. The effects last quite a long time.

Ingredients

  • Bundimun
  • Dragon Liver
  • Streelers
  • Cowbane Essence
  • Hemlock Essence
  • Tormentil Tincture

Preparation

Pottermore Instructions:

Part One:

  1. Add 5 measures of Bundimun to mortar and crush with pestle
  2. Add 3 measures of Bundimun acid to your cauldron
  3. Add 3 Streelers to the mortar and grind into a venom paste
  4. Add 2 measures of Streeler venom
  5. Stir 5 times, clockwise
  6. Heat to a low temperature for 15 seconds
  7. Add 1 measure of Dragon Liver to your cauldron Stir 10 times, anti-clockwise
  8. Wave your wand
  9. Leave to brew
  10. Wave your wand to complete

Part Two:

  1. Add 3 measures of Hemlock Essence to cauldron
  2. Stir 4 times, clockwise
  3. Add 5 measures of Cowbane Essence
  4. Add 3 measures of Tormentil Tincture
  5. Stir 9 times, anti-clockwise
  6. Heat to high temperature for 16 seconds
  7. Wave your wand
  8. Leave to brew
  9. Wave your wand to complete the potion

History and Notes

Doxycide was invented by potioneer Zygmunt Budge in the 16th century when the Doxys descended upon his island home of Hermetray. His first attempt was a potion that caused the Doxys to catch fire and shoot through the air like "furious, red-hot, hairy coals" and unfortunately burning up many of his potion scrolls. He fled into the sea, spending the night breathing through a straw. The following year, he perfected the present-day Doxycide potion (BoP).

References from the canon

Molly Weasley provided each of the children a spray bottle of Doxycide with which to help clear the infestation of Doxies from the draperies of the drawing room in number twelve, Grimmauld Place (OP6).

 

Commentary

Notes

The name is something of a misnomer since the suffix "-cide" means "killing" or "killer of"  (e.g., pesticide) and this potion only paralyzes its targets.

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