Polyjuice Potion

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The Polyjuice Potion is a very strong potion used to transform the drinker into someone else for the period of an hour (CS12). The potion is very hard to brew, and takes about a month to be prepared (CS10).

During one of his Potions classes, Severus Snape states that the list of ingredients and instructions needed to brew the Polyjuice Potion can be found in the book Moste Potente Potions. One of its copies is located at the Restricted Section of the Hogwarts library (CS9).

Some of the ingredients the Polyjuice Potion contains are: lacewing flies (that must be stewed for twenty-one days), leeches, fluxweed (that needs to be picked at the full moon), knotgrass, the powdered horn of a Bicorn, the shredded skin of a Boomslang, and a bit of the person one desires to change into (most commonly a bit of hair) (CS10). The latter must be the last ingredient to be added, and changes the colour and taste of the slow-bubbling, mudlike potion according to the person it belongs to (CS12).

Some of the most common ingredients, such as knotgrass, can be found in the student store-cupboard (CS10). However, Bicorn horn and Boomslang skin are a bit more difficult to obtain; when the Trio brews the potion in their second year, they steal the ingredients from Snape's private stores (CS11).

According to Remus Lupin, the Polyjuice Potion is designed for human use only; this prevents Rubeus Hagrid from using it (DH5). Likewise, it can only be used to transform into humans; if one adds a bit of an non-human creature, the effect is a permanent incomplete transformation that is hard to reverse (CS12).

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