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As for monkshood and wolfsbane, they are the same plant, which also goes by the name of aconite. Well? Why aren't you all copying that down?"
-- Severus Snape (PS8)

Another name for aconite and wolfsbane, used in the Wolfsbane Potion.

  • Included in Snape's first potions lesson, when he asks Harry the difference between monkshood and wolfsbane (PS8)
  • Professor Snape brewed the Wolfsbane Potion for Remus Lupin during third year (PA8, PA11, PA17). According to Lupin, Snape's potion was perfect (HBP16).
  • Damocles Belby invented the Wolfsbane Potion (HBP7)
  • Used in the Wide-Eye or Awakening Potion (Pm)

Potions Connection

Ingredient in the Wolfsbane Potion, as well as Wide-Eye or Awakening Potion on Pottermore

Commentary

Etymology

Aconite is often called "monkshood" because the large blue flowers resemble the hooded cloaks worn by monks.

Notes

Aconite is often called "monkshood" because the large blue flowers resemble the hooded cloaks worn by monks.  Every part of the plant is extremely poisonous - seeds, roots, and leaves - and should never be handled, so please DO NOT smell the flowers! "Symptoms of poisoning are tingling and numbness of tongue and mouth and a sensation of ants crawling over the body."  source: Botanical.com

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