Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter/Magic/Bubotuber
|Muggles' Guide to Harry Potter - Magic|
|Features||Black and sluglike|
|First Appearance||Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire|
Overview[edit | edit source]
Bubotubers are the ugliest plants Harry has ever seen, looking like thick black slugs sticking vertically out of the plant pots.
Extended Description[edit | edit source]
Bubotubers, despite their extreme ugliness, seem to have at least one valuable product. Large, shiny swellings grow on the plant; these are full of a yellowish-green liquid, the "pus", which smells strongly of petrol (gasoline). The raw pus can have unpleasant effects on the skin, so the harvesters must wear dragon-hide gloves; but when properly prepared, it is an excellent cure for the more stubborn forms of acne.
Analysis[edit | edit source]
Bubotubers are quite a minor sidelight into the world of magic. In this book, they are used for two things: first, to show, by making the plants in Herbology classes more dangerous, that Harry's class has advanced further in their studies, and second, to provide a reasonable noxious substance for inclusion in the hate-mail later directed at Hermione. One suspects that this work with bubotubers may be somehow associated with the jinx that Hermione later lays on Marietta Edgecombe.
Questions[edit | edit source]
- How do you pronounce "bubotuber"?