By Essa Nazari
Monkshood. Aconite. Leopard’s bane. Mousebane. Women’s bane. Devil’s helmet. Queen of poisons. All of these names are the same plant that is currently being tended by the students of Hogwarts as an extra credit assignment. Professor Dracheblume assigned the project after the March Hogsmeade trip revealed that there was a shortage of the plant in the area.
Many of you might be wondering so what is the big deal over a shortage of a plant that carries so many names. This is where it gets tricky. The plant, all though it is poisonous to be digested, can be used for a couple of potions and in the mundane usages in the muggle medical world. It can be used (in small doses) to aid in clearing up colds, fevers, or headaches.
The first and probably most popular, is the Wide Eye potion. A brew that can be used to help keep a person from falling asleep and possibly (if I understand the texts correctly) can be used to revive people who have been exposed to the Draught of Living Death.
The second usage, and possibly more controversial, is in the Wolfsbane potion. This brew is used only by those who have been cursed with lycanthropy. The wolfsbane potion allows the person, once they transform into a werewolf, to retain their human mind despite the curses best attempts to pull them into a rabid wolf rage, however, there is a catch, those who have to drink the brew must take it for a week before the full moon.
The project itself has been going well. Despite different attempts to destroy the plants both by students her and Eleanor Lovelace (judging by the claw marks on the outside of the greenhouse), alike. All of the plants have sprouted and are showing their trademark purple hooded flowers. It’ll be a few more weeks, but if all goes well, in the next few weeks there will be a harvest of the aconite plants and we’ll have enough to meet all of the needs that we have for the plant. Until then, we keep plugging away.