Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Devil's Snare
|Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic|
|Features||somewhat motile; will strangle when disturbed|
|First Appearance||Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone|
Devil's Snare is an extremely dangerous plant that will strangle wizards when disturbed.
A plant of the dark and dank, it reacts to heat and light by retreating. When Harry, Ron, and Hermione are trapped in it, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Hermione remembers this sensitivity, and, when prompted by Ron, manages to create fire that makes the plant retreat.
Devil's Snare appears again in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Here, Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Ginny see a small specimen delivered as a gift to one Broderick Bode, a long-term spell-damage patient at St. Mungo's Hospital. Hermione later reads in the Daily Prophet that Bode, encouraged to tend this plant as part of his healing, had been strangled by it.
Given their previous experience of the plant, one must wonder why Harry, Ron, and Hermione did not recognize it when they saw it delivered to Bode. Harry does admit to being made uneasy by the potted plant's swaying tendrils. It is possible that they had simply been distracted by their encounter with Gilderoy Lockhart.