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How to Make a Love Potion

By Malia Wollan

    Aug. 25, 2020

“Make heart medicine on Fridays,” says Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, 33, an herbalist and community organizer in Brooklyn. In several ancient societies, Friday was associated with a goddess of love, like Venus. In pop culture today, love potions often drug people into a kind of aphrodisiac-fueled craze, subverting individual freewill. A love potion shouldn’t be about trickery, Bautista-Carolina believes; it should be about self-realization. “The first step in being able to love someone else requires you to activate your self-love,” she says. A potion, which she defines as “a practical recipe plus magic,” might help you get there.

The three plants Bautista-Carolina uses most often in heart medicines are rose, violet and hawthorn. A simple potion you can make at home is honey infused with dried rose buds. Where possible, use local honey and organic, fair-trade plant material. Fill a glass jar one third with rose and the remaining two thirds with honey. Say your intentions aloud. How you articulate your aims will vary by individual. “You might say, ‘I welcome love; I welcome self-love; I’m open to romance, kindness, compassion; I pull that energy forth into this medicine,’” Bautista-Carolina says.

Label your jar with the date. Let it sit in a cool, dark place. Shake it every day. After four to six weeks, start to take the honey at least once a day, straight in a spoon, in tea or on toast. Even if you’re skeptical of magic, let yourself enjoy the sweetness. You don’t need to be seeking love to use a heart potion. For brokenhearted clients, Bautista-Carolina might suggest an alcohol-based tincture made from the flowers and leaves of the hawthorn tree. “You can be trying to rid yourself of a love that no longer serves you; trying to preserve your love; increase your love; amplify the love that you have; discard an unwanted lover,” says Bautista-Carolina, who was born and raised in New York City, the daughter of Afro-Dominican parents. Her affinity for plants started in city parks. During this summer’s Black Lives Matter protests, she has provided herbal remedies to fortify and protect protesters. “We need all the heart medicine we can get right now,” she says.

Fill a glass jar one third with rose buds and the rest with honey. Even if you’re skeptical of magic, let yourself enjoy the sweetness.

Love potion

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At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.

Love potion

Potion information

Effect

Side-effects

Difficulty level

Known ingredients

  • Ashwinder eggs
  • Rose thorns[1]
  • Peppermint[1]
  • Powdered Moonstone[1]
  • Pearl Dust[2]
  • Rose Petals[3]

Inventor(s)

  • Laverne de Montmorency
  • Fred Weasley
  • George Weasley

Love potions are potions which cause the drinker to become infatuated or obsessed with the person who gave it to them. Love potions are considered to be powerful and highly dangerous. [4] Amortentia is the most powerful love potion in existence. [5]

Love potions are banned items at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, though students still smuggle them into the school through various means.

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Ingredients and brewing
  • 3 Effects
  • 4 Varieties
  • 5 See also
  • 6 Behind the scenes
  • 7 Appearances
  • 8 Notes and references

History

Laverne de Montmorency invented a number of different love potions in the 1800s. For her achievements of inventing of many love potions, she was immortalised on a Chocolate Frog Card. [6]

Albus Dumbledore believed that Merope Gaunt used a love potion to obtain the affections of Tom Riddle Snr, a wealthy Muggle who lived in her village and whom she was infatuated with, as it would seem to be a more romantic method of obtaining his “love” than the also possible method of the Imperius Curse. She then seemed to stop giving it to him and he (understandably) ran off, leaving her and her unborn baby to fend for themselves. [7]

Love potions are banned at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry [8] but this has not stopped students from making them, or from trying to win hearts by their use. Even Molly Weasley admitted to having brewed a love potion when she was a girl at Hogwarts. [9]

Ismelda’s plan to administer a love potion backfiring

In the 1988–1989 school year, Ismelda Murk planned on giving Barnaby Lee a love potion hidden in a sandwich. However, it made Barnaby infatuated with Jacob’s sibling instead. [10] Indeed, love potions were usually hidden in food or drinks so that the user wouldn’t notice.

On Valentine’s Day, 1992, Gilderoy Lockhart implored his co-workers at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to join him in celebrating the occasion, suggesting that students should ask Professor Snape how to brew a love potion. Snape did not approve of this, and “was looking as though the first person to ask him for a love potion would be force-fed poison.” [11]

In her fourth year, Pansy Parkinson told Rita Skeeter that she believed Hermione Granger was capable of brewing a love potion, and that this was the method she thought Hermione had used to win the interest of Viktor Krum and, allegedly, Harry Potter. Skeeter published these false claims in Witch Weekly and urged Albus Dumbledore to investigate them further. [8]

Hermione Granger and Ginny Weasley, looking at the love potions at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes

The Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes shop began carrying a range of love potions as part of its WonderWitch line in 1996. [12] When Argus Filch banned all Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes products from Hogwarts, Fred and George Weasley began shipping love potions disguised as perfumes and cough potions, allowing Hogwarts students to order love potions, despite mandatory searches on owls. Hermione Granger overheard girls in the bathroom discussing ways to sneak Harry Potter a love potion. [13]

Romilda Vane tried to give one of the Weasleys’ love potions to Harry Potter by spiking Gillywater and a box of Chocolate Cauldrons. Having been warned by Hermione, Harry refused the Gillywater when Romilda offered it to him, but was forced to accept her chocolates. [13] Harry kept the unopened box in his room until March of the next year, when Ron Weasley found it, and, mistaking it for a birthday gift, ate half the chocolates. Ron instantly became obsessively smitten with Romilda and had to be taken to Horace Slughorn to be given an antidote. [14]

Ingredients and brewing

Ashwinder eggs are a common ingredient in many varieties of love potions, [15] as are rose thorns, peppermint, and Moonstone. [1] Since there are many different types of love potions, therefore there are many different methods in which to brew them. Pearl Dust was an ingredient in all love potions. [2]

Effects

Ron Weasley thinking about Romilda Vane under the influence of love potion

Love potions ostensibly cause the drinker to romantically obsess over the person who gave them the potion. However, true love cannot be produced through artificial means, and thus the feelings that love potions create are more like obsession than affection. [5]

The effect that a love potion has will wear off over time. In order to maintain the potion’s effect, the giver must continually administer doses, or else the recipient may “fall out of love” with them. [7] A single dose typically lasts up to 24 hours, but the precise duration is dependent on the weight of the drinker, as well as the attractiveness of the giver. [12]

Love potions will work regardless of whether the giver is present when the recipient consumes them. The longer the recipient keeps the potions (or potion-spiked items), the more potent their effect will become, as love potions mature over time. [14]

It is possible for the creation of a love potion to go wrong, causing the recipient to obsess over a person other than the giver. [10]

There is an antidote to counteract the effect of love potions, but, even after it has been given, one will still retain all the embarrassing memories of how one acted under the influence of the administered potion. [14] Love potions can cancel out the effects of a Hate Potion, and vice versa, as they are the opposite of each other. [16]

Varieties

Bottles of WonderWitch Love Potions

Laverne de Montmorency invented a number of different love potions in the 1800s. [17] Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes sold a whole “range” of love potions in 1996, including: Cupid Crystals, Kissing Concoction, Beguiling Bubbles, and Twilight Moonbeams, further suggesting that there is more than one kind, possibly each with its own unique effect. [12]

Amortentia is the strongest love potion in the world. It is recognisable by its mother-of-pearl sheen and by the spiralling steam that rises from it. The smell of the potion varies from person to person and is dependent upon what each individual finds appealing. [5]

Love potions are potions which cause the drinker to become infatuated or obsessed with the person who gave it to them. Love potions are considered to be powerful and highly dangerous.4 Amortentia is the most powerful love potion in existence.5 Love potions are banned items at Hogwarts School of…