Things You Didn't Know About Magical Plants In The Wizarding World

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The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is host to a variety of flora and fauna. The series features plants that are magical in nature and have affected wizards in more ways than one. Many are used in potioneering in everyday life, while certain other plants' harmful characteristics have proven dangerous. Some Easter eggs and fun facts were revealed in the Harry Potter novels, but other tidbits of interest have been released behind the scenes, as well.

It's interesting to discover the hidden details behind the plants that readers will have learned about in the books. Many of these facts may even change the way you view the Harry Potter series.


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    Ilvermorny's Snakewood Tree Sprouted From Salazar Slytherin's Wand And Has Medicinal Properties

    Ilvermorny's Snakewood Tree Sprouted From Salazar Slytherin's Wand And Has Medicinal Properties
    Photo: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Snakewood tree is a plant species exclusively found in America, specifically in the grounds of Ilvermorny School. Its origins can be traced back to Salazar Slytherin, whose wand was stolen by Isolt Sayre when she escaped her cruel aunt, Gormlaith Gaunt. After Gormlaith was defeated in her attempt to sack Ilvermorny, Isolt buried Slytherin's wand on the school's ground.

    Slytherin's wand sprouted into a Snakewood tree that has proven impossible to cut or be removed. The tree has mellowed down in recent times because its leaves are now capable of being pruned. The Snakewood tree leaves are used for medicinal purposes, which is a testament to Salazar Slytherin's power.

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    Gillyweed's Properties Were Discovered By Accident

    Gillyweed's Properties Were Discovered By Accident
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Harry consumes Gillyweed in Goblet of Fire during the Second Task that takes placed underwater. The plant sprouts gills in the neck of the person who eats it, effectively turning them into a type of fish. Ingesting Gillyweed will be fatal to a person who doesn't have access to water. Gillyweed's properties were originally unknown because it is native to the Mediterranean.

    A witch named Elladora Ketteridge discovered the magical properties of Gillyweed in the 17th century when she accidentally ate the plant. Elladora saved herself by sticking her head in a bucket of water, allowing her newly formed gills to breathe.

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    Dittany Is Used To Heal Victims Of Werewolf Attacks

    Dittany Is Used To Heal Victims Of Werewolf Attacks
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Dittany is a herb that contains healing and restorative properties. It is unique for the way it can be used, in that it can be applied to open wounds or consumed orally. Dittany is known to cure wounds that aren't too deep.

    The Dittany plant is known to help victims of werewolf bites. People who have been attacked by werewolves have reacted positively to the application of Dittany, although it doesn't mean that they will be cured of lycanthropy if they're infected.

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    Ingesting The Thaumatagoria Plant Brings Out The Best Potential In A Person

    Ingesting The Thaumatagoria Plant Brings Out The Best Potential In A Person
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Thaumatagoria plant is considered mythical to many because it is so rare. It's unclear where the plant was found by those who have attested to its existence, but the effect it has can be incredible. Zygmunt Budge, considered the greatest potioneer, found this plant to create the Potion of All Potential.

    Budge's concoction has Thaumatagoria as its core ingredient, which empowers the drinker to realize their greatest potential. The effects of the potion manifest in such a way that a person will become the very best at what they're naturally talented in by weeding out any weak points.

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    Eating A Venomous Tentacula Will Leave A Person Permanently Colored Purple

    Eating A Venomous Tentacula Will Leave A Person Permanently Colored Purple
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince / Warner Bros. Pictures

    The Venomous Tenatacula is a carnivorous plant that has spiky teeth to bite those who approach it; its bite can be fatal. In fact, Minerva McGonagall lost her husband to a Venomous Tenatcula bite. The most famous case to come out of a wizard's experience with a Venomous Tentacula is that of Derwent Shrimpling.

    Shrimpling was a daring man who decided to eat a Venomous Tentacula. The plant can be eaten because it is venomous, not poisonous, but the effect of consuming it is far from desirable. Shrimpling's skin ended up turning purple after he had finished eating the plant, and there is still no magic that has been able to change his skin color back - Shrimpling's skin remains purple.

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    Wands From Acacia Trees Are Tricky In Nature

    Wands From Acacia Trees Are Tricky In Nature
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures

    Acacia trees are magical in the Harry Potter universe and have special powers in terms of wandmaking. Wands crafted from acacia trees are said to be very tricky to handle, with only a handful witches and wizards in Britain suited for acacia wands.

    The quality of acacia trees is such that its wood is termed as "subtle" for potioneering. Acacia properties are not for everyone to control, and it's said that witches and wizards have to have intrinsic talent in order to control the plant's characteristics.

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