What would Hogwarts be without Professor Severus Snape's Potions class? :)
My logical and obvious vision of Potions class for the party was a mix
your own beverage station, with as many unique ingredients as possible
from which to choose. I paid close attention to any potion ingredients
used in the books, and I found the Harry Potter Lexicon Encyclopedia of
Potions invaluable as well. Once I
had my list of ingredients, I went to various specialty candy and food
stores looking for real edible things that could be "billiwig stings" or
"boomslang skin," which was great fun.
Of course, you can't just use boring containers for Potions class, so I
kept myself alert anywhere I went for any interesting bottles and jars. I
inherited several from my mother's teaching supplies, some I already had,
some purchased at thriftstores or craft stores, and some which I had to
suffer through drinking some pretty questionable wine just to get the
I found a font I liked, printed the ingredient labels on parchment, then
handwrote the real ingredient on the back of each label so guests could
just flip the label over to tell what it really was. Each label was
then tied with gold thread to the neck of the container. Everyone at the
party got a big kick out of "cut ginger root" and "mint leaves" saying the
exact same thing on both sides of the label...haha...I figured they might
think that was funny... :) Click here to see the full list of ingredients
and what they really were...
For the classroom itself, I used a table I already had, with small oak
planks with gray bricks to make the shallow shelves against the wall. I
had found the excellent metal cauldron in my exploits, so it was filled
with dry ice and water for the rolling fog effect. I put a head, black
wig and my black hooded cloak on my dressmaker's form to make the Snape
ominously monitoring the class, and I had made parchment recipe cards that sat on the table next to the copies of "Most
Potente Potions" and "Magical Drafts and Potions" that I had made.
Everyone submitted their potion recipes throughout the party, explaining
the ingredients, purpose and name of their potions using the green-ink
ballpoint eagle-feather quills I had made, then I read all the recipes
aloud while all the guests voted for their favorite on the parchment
ballots I provided. I was ecstatic that everyone was SO creative with
their Potions! Many told me it was their favorite of the whole party!
"Fab Fortis" by Professor Sinistra (Robert) was the Best Potion
winner, but I have included all the recipes that were entered, since I
thought they were all clever enough to be immortalized here:
*** winner ***
(Robert - Prof. Sinistra)
International pop super-stardom (yeah yeah yeah)
(Kael - Beldar McNabb of Bertie Bott's)
Summer Hangover Cure for after those All-Night Spell-Casting Sessions
chopped daisy root
Marella Monk's Miracle Mixture
(Lisa - Leezy the house-elf)
Relief for stomach and big toe cramps
1 part pureed Jobberknoll feathers
2 rat tails
a dash of shredded boomslang skin
for stomach, 1 part Aqua Fortis
for big toe, 4 parts Aqua Fortis
Pulchritout les Monde
Makes everyone look beautiful.
90 % Aqua Fortis
dash of each:
"A guaranteed A-" (for your Potions final)
Empty the larder in time for in-laws to visit.
Scarab beetles - Crush beetles with lacewing flies. Add crushed Snake Fangs slowly, carefully, pour in spoonful of Aqua Fortis. Dissolve completely. Mix in pamplemousse juice. Add a dash each of
powdered bicorn horn
crushed beetle eyes
Fun and entertainment at the expense of poor, helpless invertebrates.
Aqua Fortis - add tube worms one at a time. Watch them crack horrible jokes and try to pick up on the other halves of their bodies.
Loosen your inhibitions.
Pamplemousse juice, Aqua Fortis, mint leaves, lacewing flies, tubeworms.
Skyward Sailing Soda
To aid in self-levitation, while helping evoke a fresh minty mouth!
A splash of pamplemousse juice
a shot of leech juice
a dash of boomslang skin
one Antipodean Opaleye dragon shell
a strong helping of Aqua Fortis
one mint leaf
three dried nettles
To subdue your foe without his or her being aware.
Aqua Fortis + lemonade
(Robin - go Gryffindor!)
To clear the head of malicious cobwebs.
pureed Jobberknoll feathers
cut ginger root
shredded boomslang skin
Super Seeker speed to catch the Snitch.
1/4 cup leech juice
1 Tbsp gillywater
1 ice cube
dash powdered bicorn horn
(Maureen - Prof Trelawney)
Tropical love potion to sweeten the mood.
Snape's Secret Sauce
To inspire the extremities and invigorate the secret passions.
1/4 cup rum
1/2 cup gillywater
2 bits crushed mint leaves
chill on frozen grindylow piss
"It's Yoko Ono" forward
"Oh, no! It's Yoko!" backward
Forward: Split up the Beatles
Backward: Beatles reunion
powdered beetle eyes
add to half nettle wine and half leech juice, mix. Crush four scarab beetles and add to the mix. Infuse with eclectic smattering of recreational drugs. Hold nose and swallow hard.
(Robert - Prof Sinistra)
cut ginger root
There's a Fly in my Soup
Capture that special someone.
Take a sip, then approach your selected target.
And last but not least, here is the complete list of Potions ingredients I
gillywater = white Powerade "Arctic Shatter"
leech juice = cran-raspberry juice
elderflower wine = green Powerade "Lemon Lime"
nettle wine = blue Powerade "Mountain Blast"
pamplemousse juice = pink grapefruit juice
pureed Jobberknoll feathers = pineapple juice
fluxweed juice = dragon fruit Twister
Aqua Fortis = vodka
shredded boomslang skin = blue & black edible glitter
beetle eyes = black sugar crystals
dried billiwig stings = thin chocolate jimmies
powdered bicorn horn = powdered sugar
cut ginger root = cut ginger root
chopped daisy root = coconut
sliced caterpillars = sliced dried mango
lacewing flies = clear edible glitter
dried nettles = thyme leaves
puffer fish eyes = white non-pareils
crushed snake fangs = granulated sugar
crushed scarab beetles = fine black sugar
rat tails = thin black string licorice
chopped tube worms = chopped gummy worms
porcupine quills = dried rosemary
Antipodean Opaleye dragon eggshells = white chocolate flakes
mint leaves = mint leaves
(Can you choose which cloak does NOT have a real person inside?)