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Mentioned as a potion ingredient during Harry’s research for the second task (GF26).

  • While in the Hogwarts Library researching the Second Task for the Triwizard Tournament, Harry came across an unknown potion recipe which included water, mandrake leaves, and a newt (GF26).
  • "Newt" is the nickname for Newton Artemis Fido Scamander (1897 - ?), the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. He also has a Chocolate Frog Card (FB, Pm)
  • The lowly amphibian known as a newt may be used as a potions ingredient, but it is also found in the abbreviation used for "Nastily Exhausting Wizarding Tests" or N.E.W.T.s - final exams to be taken in seventh year before graduation from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. These are first mentioned when Percy Weasley is studying for them (PA16).
  • A Ginger Newt is a type of biscuit (cookie) kept in a tin on Professor McGonagall's desk, possibly a play-on-words of the British "ginger nuts." She offers some of them to Harry after his first argument with Umbridge over whether Voldemort has returned¬† (OP12). After Harry's fight with Draco at the Quidditch match, McGonagall slams her fist onto the desk so hard she scatters the Ginger Newts onto the floor (OP19).

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  • A newt is a small amphibian in the Salamander family that lives in watery woodland areas worldwide. Every newt is a salamander, but not every salamander is a newt.¬† source: Wikipedia

Common warty-newt

Common Warty Newt via ClipArtEtc

  • The newt is mentioned prominently in William Shakespeare's play Macbeth, as the Witches stir their cauldron:

"Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and howlet's wing,--
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble."

source: Shakespeare Quotes

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