Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Love Potion

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Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic
Love Potion
Type Potion
Features Makes the drinker "fall in love."
First Appearance Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Overview[edit]

A Love Potion is a potion that makes the drinker "fall in love".

Extended Description[edit]

Beginner warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.

In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Professor Slughorn states that you cannot truly create actual love, the only thing the potion brings is obsession or infatuation. Apparently, love potions are fairly common; Fred and George, for instance, are apparently doing a pretty brisk business selling them to the girls at Hogwarts.

Analysis[edit]

Love potions do not figure particularly prominently in the story until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Up until Harry's fourth year, Harry and his classmates are too young to be overly concerned about such things. The sole mention comes from outside: Rita Skeeter, in writing about Hermione in Witch Weekly during Harry's fourth year, quotes Pansy Parkinson as suggesting that Hermione may be using love potion to keep both Harry and Viktor Krum on a string.

The conflict between the Champions in the fourth book, and the Ministry campaign against Harry in his fifth year, make him not a particularly desirable "catch", so love potions are not something that anyone in the story has need of. By the beginning of Harry's sixth year, though, with the Ministry electing to blow up Harry's significance and make him "The Chosen One", several girls, most noticeably Romilda Vane, are scheming and conniving to get hooked up with him; and love potions end up being a big part of that. The first solid mention of a love potion is the Amortentia potion, shown by Professor Slughorn by way of example in his first Potions class, and identified by Hermione.

In the days preceding Professor Slughorn's Christmas party, Hermione hears several girls scheming about ways to slip Harry a love potion, and warns him. As a result of this, he turns down an offer from Romilda Vane to share a Gillywater, but does accept a box of chocolate cauldrons with Firewhisky centres, which he carefully sets aside, expecting them to be spiked with more than alcohol. Ron discovers them on his birthday, some months later, and assumes that they are a birthday present for him; he, of course, promptly becomes infatuated with Romilda, completely forgetting about his current entanglement with Lavender. Professor Slughorn is able to cure him of this infatuation in short order.

One other use of Love Potion mentioned in this same book is the use of it on Tom Riddle by Voldemort's mother. After using the potion for a while, she incorrectly believes that Riddle Sr. is truly in love with her, and discontinues the potion; he, feeling betrayed, abandons the now-pregnant Merope and returns to his family home.

Questions[edit]

Study questions are meant to be left for each student to answer; please don't answer them here.

  1. We never see a Love Potion brewed in the series. What would be some possible ingredients?

Greater Picture[edit]

Intermediate warning: Details follow which you may not wish to read at your current level.