Herbology 101 – 5 enchanting plants from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter
“Tentacula. Devil's Snare. And Snargaluff pods… Yes, I'd like to see the Death Eaters fighting those” – Professor Sprout, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows
On average, one in 15 people in the world own a Harry Potter book – and more than a billion people have read them, making it the most widely read fictional series in history. Harry Potter and his friends’ adventures in the wizarding world have captured our imagination for over two decades.
If you, like this author, have waited with bated breath for those Hogwarts letters to arrive on our 11th birthday and realized India Post is probably not delivering it, re-reading the Harry Potter books and binge watching the movies are the closest we could get to living in this magical world.
Today, we’ve decided to revisit our childhood and recall 5 enchanting plants from the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
What are you waiting for? Grab your dragon-hide gloves, your copy of One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi and head on down to Greenhouse Two for our lesson with Prof. Sprout and Prof. Longbottom
1. Devil’s Snare
This plant seems like an ordinary houseplant, but when touched, it tightens and constricts around the object and chokes the life out of them – it makes its first appearance appearance in Book 1, when the gang has to escape its clutches to continue their pursuit of the Philosopher’s stone. It is unique as it hates sunlight – unlike any other plant that we know of.
This plant has roots that look like a small baby and emits a cry that can be fatal to humans. Appearances can be deceptive though, as this highly useful plant is the prime ingredient in the potion that brought back all the victims Petrified by the Basilisk.
3. Whomping Willow
Planted on the grounds of Hogswarts, the Whomping Willow disguised the secret passage from Hogwarts to the Shrieking Shack. This plant packs quite a punch, making two memorable appearances in Book 2 and Book 3, attacking Mr. Weasley’s Ford Anglia car and then Harry and Hermione as they try to follow Ron and Sirius Black into the Shrieking Shack.
Everyone’s favorite house-elf, Dobby (book) or Neville (movie) procured Gillyweed to help Harry Potter in the Second Task of the Triwizard Tournament – eating this slimy plant helped Harry grow gills and breathe underwater for an hour.
5. Venomous Tentacula
This dangerous plant is extremely useful for potion making, although Prof. Slughorn was most interested in the value of the Tentacula’s leaves in the grey market. Hogwarts students enjoyed the fact that they could swear loudly if a Tentacula tried to strangle them during class with its spiky vines.
We hope you enjoyed our coverage on magical plants in the wizarding world of Harry Potter. While we don’t have any of these plants in stock, do check out some truly interesting plants like the Bird of Paradise, the Song of India and many more on our website.
Did we miss out on any interesting ones? Tell us in the comments below.