A somewhat lopsided flower, though pretty and pleasantly-scented in its own way, Adara’s Rose was created by the wizard Belgarion more or less by accident one day in Algaria.
Unbeknownst to Belgarion (or to Adara, for whom he created it), the flower was also capable of being made into a potent medicine – the sovereign remedy, in fact (a cure for all known disease).
However, this second fact was not known until several years later, when it was revealed by the seer Cyradis, and used to cure the Mallorean Emperor ‘Zakath of a bad case of thalot poisoning.
Related Drugs: Athsat.
Agony, also known as Liquid Pain, is exactly what it claims to be: the distillation of pain and suffering by magical means into a drug. The resulting substance is a thick, reddish liquid resembling blood only more viscous.
It is highly prized among certain extra-planar beings, who can use it to feel pleasures greater than they are otherwise able. Side effects of Agony include an initial stunning effect that incapacitates the user for a brief period and leaves them groggy for a time after that. Curiously, it also makes them more attractive to anyone around them for a period lasting anywhere from one to eight hours.
Agony would likely be a drug of great addiction among demons, devils and their ilk, were it not for the fact that an overdose causes unconsciousness, which means that the effects are wasted instead of the users.
Related Drugs: Baccaran, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
A highly addictive drug, Akira is an enhancer of psychic powers. It turns ordinary mortals into psychics, and those who already have magical or psychic talents into virtual superhumans – while it lasts.
The exact details of its naming are unknown, but it seems likely that it was named for the legendary Japanese comic series, which prominently features psychic powers.
Akira enjoyed a brief vogue as the drug of choice of Los Angeles’ Sub Rosa (i.e. magical) subculture, but the strongly expressed disapproval of Sandman Slim (and the disappearance of its source) put paid to that.
Related drugs: Cupbearer’s Elixir.
Babbling Beverage is a potion that causes the imbiber to babble nonsense.
As such it is commonly used to play pranks or to undermine authority figures.
Related Drugs: Doxycide, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction, Garrotting Gas & Murtlap Essence.
Baccaran is mysterious drug of unknown composition, magical steroid and intelligence enhancer that also renders the user more vulnerable to magical illusions.
Curiously, despite this side effect, it is not actually an hallucinogen, and it is unclear why it has this particular and unusual effect on users. Baccaran is known to be cause great pain if overdosed on, the result of over-stressing the body with its strength enhancing qualities.
Related Drugs: Agony, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
Communion is a bitter-tasting powder that causes the user to experience ecstatic union with their god or gods. Usually taken by mixing into tea (generally with a lot of sugar), Communion is particularly popular with the devotees of Karla Sommers living on Al Amarja.
The drug is all-encompassing, affected all five senses. Users often come back from their trips with missions – often vaguely-defined – from their deities. The objective reality of the experience of Communion is a hotly-debated topic in theological and pharmacological circles.
The drug itself is made from the glands of dead glugs, the secretive original species of humans who hide in our midst – although most glugs would be horrified if they knew the drug’s origins, and would almost certainly kill those of their number who are responsible for its creation.
Related Drugs: Blue Shock, MDA-Cubed, Nightmare, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.
The Confusing Concoction, also known as Confusing Draught, is a potion which causes confusion in the drinker.
Few details have been revealed regarding it, but it seems unwise that how to make a potion with such potential as a date rape drug was taught to a group of horny teenagers.
Related drugs: Rat Tonic, Shrinking Solution and Wolfsbane Potion.
Strongly implied to the ambrosia of the gods, the liquid supplied by Hebe to the Olympians that kept them immortal and deific, Cupbearer’s Elixir is an alchemical preparation whose formula is a closely guarded secret.
Despite its general associations, it is not actually a healing elixir. Rather, it halts the changes of the body, retarding injury, disease and healing to an equal degree. While it is often used to halt the spread of incurable diseases, such as leprosy, it can also be used to prevent scars from healing, should one be so inclined.
Related drugs: Akira.
The Deflating Draught is probably best known as an antidote to the Swelling Solution. As such, it is a standard medical treatment in the wizarding world, used to reduce swellings of all kinds, whether they are magically induced or not.
Rumours that it can be used as a kind of magical viagra remain unconfirmed.
Related Drugs: Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction is a curative potion used to treat the psychic wounds left by telepathic and other mental attacks.
It is not a complete cure, requiring repeated applications over a long period of time, and even then, some scars may remain.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Doxycide, Garrotting Gas & Murtlap Essence.
Doxycide is a powerful black potion with a foul odour, which, when sprayed on Doxies, causes them to fall into a state of paralysis for a time.
The name of Doxycide is misleading, as it does not directly kill Doxies. It does, however, leave them in a state that frequently leads to their deaths.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction, Garrotting Gas & Murtlap Essence.
The Elixir of Life is a potion that prevents aging, although regular drafts of it must be taken or it will wear off. It can also be used in certain circumstances to recreate a body for those who have misplaced theirs through poorly applied magic.
Created by the alchemist Nicholas Flamel through the use of the Philosopher’s Stone, it is unclear whether or not there remains another means of creating it now that the Stone has been destroyed, or whether the remaining supplies of it are all there is.
Related Drugs: Fire Protection Potion and Weedosoros
Fire Protection Potion – also known as Ice Potion – is a potion that protects the imbiber from the effects of naked flames, whether natural or magical. It is generally purple or black in colour, and known ingredients of the potion include bursting mushrooms, salamander blood and wartcap powder, although it is clear that there are other ingredients in addition to these.
When drunk, Fire Protection Potion gives the imbiber intense chills, sometimes described as feeling like ice flooding their body. Its effects are relatively short lived, but near to absolute while they last.
Related Drugs: Elixir of life and Weedosoros
Garrotting Gas is a colourless vapor arising from a potion. It is unclear whether the gas is dangerous to breathe, but it can be deadly nonetheless.
The gas lives up to its name, actually strangling those who pass through it, causing choking and even complete suffocation if exposure goes on long enough.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Doxycide, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction & Murtlap Essence.
Few details are known about Hair-Raising Potion. As the name suggests, the potion causes the imbiber’s hair to stand on end. That’s about it.
Oh, and one of the ingredients is an unspecified number of rat tails. No one knows why, and we’re all happier that way.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Of unknown derivation, Hyperdrene is generally considered to be an hallucinogen, as the imps and pixies one sees under its influence are presumably hallucinations.
However, these hallucinations can be seen by other people too, although only during the 4-5 hours that the drug’s effects last, which begs the question of whether or not they are real.
It is possible that Hyperdrene is not an hallucinogen at all, but rather a drug that creates a briefly existing super-position between this dimension and the adjacent one more usually inhabited by the pixies. Attempts to question the pixies about this have been fruitless, as their only form of communication appears to be reciting nonsensical couplets.
Related drugs: Darkshots, Mongoose Blood and Xenite
Love Potion No. 9 is an aphrodisiac of undeniable potency, and great caution is urged in its use. It is a deep black in colour and smells not unlike turpentine.
As far as can be told, it is sold only by Madame Rue, a gypsy reader of palms and maker of potions who, as of 1959, lived at a place on the corner of Vine St and 34th St (now Jefferson Boulevard) in Los Angeles, California.
It induces feelings of extreme amorousness in those who imbibe it – so great that they may feel amorous towards inanimate objects, even – although how long these feelings last, the appropriate dosage, the best-before date, and the true identity of Madame Rue (as the name is most certainly a pseudonym) are details lost in the mists of time. Lost with them, apparently, are Love Potions Number 1 through 8, whose existence can be inferred from this Potion’s number, and possibly additional Love Potions numbered 10 or higher.
Made from a plant that grows only in the outer plane known as the Abyss, Luhix is extremely painful to take – it is most often added directly to the blood stream via a self-inflicted wound, which is then bound up to prevent the drug from leaking out, and its immediate effect is agonizing.
However, for those users able to persevere through this pain, Luhix grants enhancements to physical and mental abilities for an hour or two, as well as an immunity to almost all kinds of pain. The one exception to this is the pain caused by Luhix itself – taking a second dose while the first is in effect, or indeed, for up to a day later, is even more painful, sometimes even to a fatal degree.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Devilweed, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish, Terran Brandy and Vodare.
Mandrake Restorative Draught is cure for various magical curses and transfigurations.
One of its best known uses is to cure the victims of basilisk attacks, a use to which it was put to cure the several victims of such attacks at Hogwarts across 2002 and 2003. Mandrake Restorative Draught is unusual in that it equally efficacious when administered to ghosts as to the living.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.r of Secrets (First mentioned)
Mei Kuan is an extremely potent mind-expanding drug – a few drops of it could cause permanent insanity or death to all but the strongest-willed users.
It is of Oriental origin, and appears to be a preparation of a variety of drugs and herbs, very likely including opium. Under its effects, users experience heightened perceptions and cognition, transporting themselves into realms of abstract concepts and higher spiritual planes.
Related Drugs: beng lie
Murtlap Essence is created from the strained and pickled tentacles of Murtlaps. It is both a curative and anesthetic, soothing the pain of cuts and abrasions, and helping them to heal.
It is also effective in the treatment of certain other minor ailments of the skin, such as boils.
Related Drugs: Babbling Beverage, Doxycide, Dr. Ubbly’s Oblivious Unction & Garrotting Gas.
Deadly and dangerous, Nightmare is a drug that, as the name suggests, causes nightmares in the user. Perhaps more disturbingly, it implants pre-recorded nightmares in them.
Found only in Al Amarja, Nightmare is made from the excretions of tulpas – dream entities that have managed to acheive a physical existence in the mundane world. Pushers of the drug, known as Sandmen, gather this dung, and record the nightmares of potent dreamers by smearing it on their foreheads while they sleep.
The dung is then collected, and processed into an injectable serum, and sold to the rich and jaded whose capacity to experience strong emotions has atrophied.
Related Drugs: Blue Shock, Communion, MDA-Cubed, Relapse, Slo-Mo, Wings and Zorro.
Possibly the most powerful mutagen ever created, the Nuncio (Latin for ‘messenger’) was created by Dr Richard Fletcher in the late Sixties, in a private lab funded by Randolph Jaffe in Baja California, on the coast of the Pacific.
There are two versions of the drug, the lesser being a prototype that was tested on an ape named Raul and evolved him to more human state, making him sentient and capable of human speech. The completed Nuncio was a bluish serum that was known to move under its own power in search of a host.
The effects of the serum varied from person to person, but were always strongly reflective of the mental states of those who took it. Inevitably, it would grant them a degree of mystical power, including the ability to see and travel beyond our mundane reality to more fundamental ones. Three doses were made, and a total of five people are known to have taken the Nuncio: Fletcher and Jaffe, who each took a full dose, while the remaining dose was shared between Jaffe’s son Tommy, a woman named Tesla Bombeck and the ape-man Raul.
Pepperup Potion is a magical cure for the common cold, and reasonably effective at doing so.
It does, however, come with the side-effect that steam is emitted from the ears of those who take it for several hours after taking it. If muggles ever discovered it, it would be enormously popular among the mainstream for its curative effects, and among steampunks for its side effects.
It was first created by Glover Hipworth, although it is unclear whether he did so in the late 18th or early 18th centuries.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Polyjuice Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Polyjuice Potion is an alchemical preparation that allows a human drinker to temporarily assume the form of another person – although only a particular person. In particular, it cannot be used to take the form of any non-human – although numerous attempts have ended in the potion drinker being stuck in some sort of in-between form.
The potion is a difficult and time-consuming one to prepare – among other things, it needs to brew for a month after its final brewing – and one of the most difficult to acquire ingredients is a sample of the target person, usually hair, although other substances will work just as well. Polyjuice Potion is also highly variable in the duration of its effect, with the quality of the numerous ingredients and the skill of the brewing both influencing the outcomes.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Skele-Gro & Swelling Solution.
Both a drug and a poison, Poudre de la Mort Vraie – The Powder of True Death or Powder of the True Death, depending on your translator – is specifically designed for use by vampires. Created by Signalman Reynolds, formely of His Majesty’s British Army, it is extremely potent and addictive to vampires.
Reynolds, whose own wife had been a vampire, spent decades discovering how to create a substance that vampires would be attracted to. The actual formula for the creation of the grey powder is unknown, although it includes the dust of ground up mummies and assorted alchemical treatments.
Its effect on vampires is exactly what Reynolds intended: it has a euphoric rush, but leaves the vampire overwhlemed with the guilt of all their actions (both as a human and as a vampire) and not at all hungry for blood. The idea is that the vampire will be tortured by both remorse and starvation as they slowly wither away to nothing – the taste of blood will lead a vampire who has consumed Poudre de la Mort Vraie retch and vomit.
A large enough dose of the untainted blood of another vampire will throw off the effects of the drug, and a small enough dose can be outlasted – after a few days, normal vampiric instincts will reassert themselves.
Rat tonic is a healing potion for specifically intended to heal rats. It can also be used to treat the symptoms of ageing in rats. It is sold in a small red bottle at the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley, and presumably at similar locations elsewhere.
It is also the case that excessive use of Rat tonic can result in the rat drinking it becoming engorged, enlarged and even deformed. It is recommended that the directions on the bottle be followed to the letter.
Related drugs: Confusing Concoction, Shrinking Solution and Wolfsbane Potion.
A Regeneration Potion is used to heal and restore a wizard whose after extreme physical damage, up to and including maiming and disfigurement. It is a work of the darkest magic, requiring the flesh of an ally and the blood of an enemy among its ingredients.
The entire body of the wizard being treated must be immersed in the cauldron in which it is brewed, so only the largest of cauldrons can be used in its creation. For all of these reasons, it is very rarely prepared.
In 1994, this potion was brewed to resurrect Voldemort, using the blood of his enemy, Harry Potter. The use of Potter’s blood would prove an error, as due to other enchantments placed upon it, it prevented Voldemort from killing Potter – but not the reverse.
Related drugs: Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion.
Shrinking Solution is, as the name suggests, a potion that causes the drinker to shrink. It is primarily used to transport livestock.
However, the potion does not merely cause shrinking, but also causes the imbiber to become younger (which often also results in a loss of size, if the reversion continues into childhood). As a result, it must be used with great care.
Related drugs: Confusing Concoction, Rat Tonic and Wolfsbane Potion.
Skele-Gro is a well-known potion manufactured by Rubens Winikus and Company Inc. It is an aid to healing, which makes broken bones knit together more rapidly than they naturally would.
Unfortunately, it has several major drawbacks – it tastes terrible, it burns the throat on the way down, the bone-knitting process is still slow by magical standards while also creating excruciating pain, and it gives off smoke in a disconcerting fashion when its bottle is opened. For lack of a better replacement, it remains a go-to part of magical medicine treatments.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion & Swelling Solution.
Sleekeazy’s Hair Potion is a cosmetic treatment used to make messy hair more manageable.
While very effective, application is a bothersome and time-consuming process, meaning that it is used for special occasions rather than daily by most users. Also, for reasons unknown, but presumably magical, its use is not recommended by those with red hair.
Related drugs: Regeneration Potion.
No, not that kind. Soy Sauce is a mysterious substance of curious and supernatural potency. Even a small dose will permently grant clairvoyant and other enhanced sensory abilities to the user. Of course, given the hallucinogenic and intoxicating effects of the drug, it can take the user a while to realise that these things are actually happening. And that’s just the start.
Possibly being a demonic entity in the form of a drug, or arising from an alternate timeline where bio-technology is considerably more developed. Certainly, among the abilities it seems to grant are time travel and dimensional travel. But its origin remains a mystery…
The Swelling Solution is a potion which causes whatever it touches to swell in size; its three ingredients are bat spleens, dried nettles, and puffer-fish eyes, which are carefully combined over moderate heat.
It matched by its antagonist, Deflating Draught, and each of the two substances are often employed as cures for an excess of the other.
Rumours that Swelling Solution can be used as a kind of magical viagra remain unconfirmed.
Related Drugs: Deflating Draught, Hair Raising Potion, Mandrake Restorative Draught, Pepperup Potion, Polyjuice Potion & Skele-Gro.
Terran Brandy is a potent and magical drink, an alcoholic beverage made from a distillation of the bodies of dying fae.
A green liquid that improves the ability of spell casters for a wildly variable length of time, it is considered too unreliable – and its origins too vile – to be widely used, other than by the most callous of magic users, or those that truly despise the fey races.
Related Drugs: Agony, Baccaran, Devilweed, Luhix, Mordayn Vapor, Mushroom Powder, Redflower Leaves, Sannish and Vodare.
TimeSerum is derived from the venom of a now-extinct sub-species of the Gaboon Viper. Its name is something of a misnomer, as it enables one to travel through time only by that laziest of methods, suspended animation.
All known supplies of TimeSerum are under the control of members of the Rosicrucian conspiracy, stored in a vast container concealed beneath Stonehenge which is filled to a capacity equal to 200 Olympic-sized swimming pools (one of which has diving board, or so it is rumoured).
So far as is known, only two people – Alexander Pruitt and Robert Moray – have ever been dosed with it, both of them in the year 1658.
Weedosoros is a magical poison, taught a Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Little is known about it, other than that it was one of the many potions used by Severus Snape.
Related Drugs: Elixir of life and Fire Protection Potion
Wolfsbane Potion is a potion with complex and powerful magical effects. It relieves the symptoms of lycanthropy (i.e. being a werewolf). As the name suggests, the plant wolfsbane (also known as aconite and monkshood) is a major ingredient.
It is important to note that Wolfsbane Potion only relieves lycanthropic symptoms – it is not a cure, but simply reduces the pain of transformation and assists the human lycanthropy sufferer to remain mentally in control when transformed.
Wolfsbane Potion is difficult to prepare and tastes horrible, which means that few werewolves even choose to use it without a pressing need. In addition, due to the fact that aconite is a deadly poison, Wolfsbane Potion must be prepared very carefully – too much aconite in the mixture will permanently cure the imbiber of lycanthropy – and life.
Related drugs: Confusing Concoction, Rat Tonic and Shrinking Solution.
A particularly hideous variant of crack cocaine, Zombie Crack kills the body of the user, allowing them to be ridden by whoever has the magic to do so.
Zombie Crack was the result of a deal cut by certain executives at Unitol, a Chicago-based pharmaceutical company and the scorpion-loa Baron Zaraguin. It contained enchanted crystals that served as psychic foci for the mind-riding of the bodies.
However, once Baron Zaraguin was alerted to the fact that the white men who ran Unitol were using the drug to demean and degrade the young negroes of Chicago (who by descent should be Zaraguin’s people), he withdrew his magic from the crystals, and the drug reverted to normal crack cocaine.
Related drugs: Blue Mold and Key 17.