Good afternoon, dear readers! I have been doing extensive research within the confines of both the Ministry of Magic and many privately owned firms to gather enough information for today’s article. For reasons quite clear, many institutions have fought tooth and nail to hide these somewhat powerful and dark potions from the general public. Never fret, my lovely readers; Cranium Granger will expose these corporations and reveal what secrets they have hidden within their four walls. Without further ado, here are six potions that you probably shouldn’t know ’bout.
Put simply, Veritaserum is a very powerful truth serum. In essence, it causes the drinker—when under questioning—to answer questions truthfully. The potion itself is clear, colourless, odourless, and tasteless, and only requires 3 drops to work to its fullest potential. It is known to be almost indistinguishable from water, hence its danger. There are, however, limitations on the use of this potion by the Ministry of Magic. Veritaserum only causes the drinker to tell what they perceive as true, hence it may not be the most reliable. Considering some folk can resist its effects and some cannot, it is considered inadmissible in a court of law (Wizengamot). Additionally, there are methods of resisting. There exists a (very rare) antidote for this potion, and those with the skill of Occlumency will not be affected as much.
More often known as the “Drink of Despair,” this potion induces delirium, fear, stomach pain, and extreme thirst in the drinker. This can lead to temporary incapacitation, and may lead to onset insanity. It is called the Emerald Potion due to its vibrant emerald-green colour and its phosphorescent glow. According to my sources, the potion cannot be penetrated by hand, vanished, parted, scooped up, siphoned away, transfigured, charmed, or otherwise made to change its nature in any way. Hence, the only way to move said potion is to drink it. For this reason alone, it is often used as a protection mechanism, particularly of something of extreme importance. However, as it does not typically kill the drinker, often a second measure of protection is installed to . . . “finish them off.”
This potion is a rather dark piece of magic, and not much is known about it. However, we can successfully conclude it was used by He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named in order to restore his body. This potion restores a wizard’s body who has become maimed and seriously disfigured (essentially non-corporeal bodies) to a whole bodily form. Many ingredients are unknown, however there are often three key components needed: “Bone of the father, unknowingly given, you will renew your son! Flesh of the servant, willingly sacrificed, you will revive your master. Blood of the enemy, forcibly taken, you will resurrect your foe.”
As its key component is the wolfsbane plant (otherwise known as aconite or monkshood), it is often simply called the Wolfsbane Potion. This concoction helps to greatly alleviate—but not cure—the symptoms of lycanthropy. Considering aconite is an incredibly poisonous substance, if this potion is brewed incorrectly, it can have disastrous effects. The way to imbibe this potion is unique in that the individual must drink a gobletful once a day for a week preceding a full moon. Considering its extreme difficulty in brewing, and the incredible expense of its ingredients, it is nigh on impossible for a werewolf to brew it himself. This is particularly due to the fact that those suffering with lycanthropy find it extremely difficult to maintain a stable job, and thus live in poverty. Invented by Damocles during the 1970’s, this potion is considered a ray of hope in many werewolves’ lives. According to my sources, the potion allows the drinker to maintain their cognitive capabilities whilst still transforming, but renders them an ordinary, sleeping wolf. How quaint.
Rudimentary Body Potion
There is not much known about this next one, however I feel it is still important for our readers to know how the Dark Lord returned. The Rudimentary Body Potion helps to return a non-corporeal wizard to a rudimentary (basic) body or to maintain said body. It was prepared for him by Peter Pettigrew and was used to create He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named’s rudimentary body—in combination with a few spells of his invention and something so horrible as to be indescribable—in order to sustain him while he awaited his return to power. Two of its main ingredients were unicorn blood and snake venom. The drinker must continuously drink the potion every few hours in order to maintain the little health that they have regained.
Not much is known about this one, however we have managed to discern its use within the MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America). It was used to carry out death sentences during the 1920s (though we still believe it is in use to this day). We are not entirely sure how it works, but we do know that the executioner can extract the detainee’s memories and place them within the potion. It will then reflect these memories, similar to a Pensieve, to mesmerize them and make them susceptible to suggestion. Once a wand is waved over the potion, it becomes agitated and rises towards the condemned in eerie, liquid tendrils. It is considered highly corrosive and can quite easily burn through flesh, and usually ends up resulting in the detainee’s death.
Please be careful in your research of these potions, as they are considered incredibly dark and should not be in use. However, we at the Quibbler feel it is in your utmost interest to be made aware of what these government and private bodies are using within their walls. Please stay safe and aware, dear reader.