Healing or medical magic is a common form of magic, used by parents to heal a child’s minor injuries and by trained Healers at St Mungo’s.
The Hospital Wing
- A long line of beds, screens available for privacy, Madam Pomfrey’s office is at one end.
- In the first film, a painting on the wall shows a woman caring for a patient in a bed. The woman walks into the painting and sits down (PS/f).
- The Hospital Wing is a section of Hogwarts.
Medical Procedures and Spells
- help Hermione lose the cat features (CS13)
- Pepperup potion – fights the common cold, but steam comes out of the patient’s ears for an hour afterwards; also used to warm up the Triwizard champions after they swam in the Lake for an hour in February. Invented by Glover Hipworth (fw53).
- wound-cleaning potion
- burn-healing paste
- healed Neville’s broken wrist in about a minute (PS9)
- mandrake restorative draft
- bubotuber pus, when used correctly, makes an excellent cure for stubborn forms of acne (GF13)
- Blood-Replenishing Potion
- purple Sleeping Potion
- strained and pickled Murtlap Tentacles
- Calming Draught
- Dr Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction – Given to Ron by Madam Pomfrey to cure bad thoughts and memories from the battle of the Department of Mysteries – (OP38)
Other medical terms etc.
Trained mediwizards stand by at the World Cup to deal with injuries (GF8)
- ready to revive Lynch with cups of potion
- tried to help Krum, but he didn’t want any help
- blasted a path through battling leprechauns and veela
- Witch Doctors are employed by professional Quidditch teams as trainers (DP1).
- This is a term Rowling used before she had written Order of the Phoenix and decided on the term “Healer” for the doctors of the Wizarding world.
St. Mungo’s Hospital for Magical Maladies and Injuries:
- donation by Lucius Malfoy got him Top Box seats at the World Cup (GF8)
- Neville’s parents are there (GF30, OP23)
- “complementary medicine” – using Muggle techniques, such as when Augustus Pye, the Trainee Healer, thought that stitches might do the trick with Arthur’s snake bite. Molly was not impressed (OP23).
- Lockhart is there (OP23)
- any coins dropped in the Fountain of Magical Brethren in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic are donated to St. Mungo’s.
- The hospital was founded by Mungo Bonham in the late 1500s/early 1600s (fw)
- they apparently offer a course of Shock Spells to treat mental disorders (OP26)
- patients with permanent spell damage are given “intensive remedial potions and charms” and can sometimes show some improvement (OP23)
Diseases and Injuries:
- Hippogriff talon scratch on arm (Draco, PA6)
- Sectumsempra cuts – bleeding stopped by Snape with chant-like incantation, then dittany prescribed for scarring (Draco, HBP24)
- Ear removal by Sectumsempra (George, DH5)
- dragon bite (Ron, PS14) turned green and swelled
- Dragon Pox (QA3, fw25)
- Gunhilda Kneen had to sit out a Quidditch match due to a case of Dragon Pox in the 1100s (QA3)
- Chauncey Oldridge is credited with being the first known victim of Dragon Pox, but this was in the 1300s (fw25).
- Gunhilda of Gorsemoor, the famous healer, developed a cure for Dragon Pox in the late 1500s/early 1600s (fw37)
- dragon pox is treated on the second floor of St. Mungo’s (OP22)
- Dragon pox is contagious, but even after a patient is past that stage he or she will have greenish skin and pockmarked skin (DH2)
- ankle (Ginny, OP38)
- arm (Harry, DH5)
- leg (Ron, PA21)
- nose (Krum, GF8; Neville, OP38)
- ribs (Harry, DH5)
- skull (Harry, HBP19)
- wrist (Neville, PS9)
- Horcrux effect of Dumbledore’s cursed withered hand, death postponed for one year by Snape (DH33)
- scrofungulus, which is contagious (OP22)
- teeth – regrow them if missing (Harry, DH5)
- vanishing sickness, which is contagious (OP22)
- werewolf bite (PA18, OP22) – induces lycanthropy, an incurable condition but controllable with modern healing (Wolfsbane Potion)
- snakebite wound that won’t close naturally (OP22)
- spattergroit – a malady which causes a person to develop spots on their face. A portrait of a medieval healer in the stairwell of St. Mungo’s tried to stop Ron and tell him he had spattergroit. Ron angrily told the painting that it was only freckles, but the healer prescribed the following:
“[T]ake the liver of a toad, bind it tight about your throat, stand naked at the full moon in a barrel of eels’ eyes…”
A variety of magical maladies are in evidence in the waiting room of St. Mungo’s (OP22):
- small child who had sprouted huge feathery wings
- man who was wearing jinxed shoes which ate his feet
- a man whose head rang like a bell whenever he moved his head
- a woman whose head had been made into something like a “teapot” – she whistled and gave off steam, and her face was red and sweaty
- people with strange things growing out of them, such as an elephant’s trunk