Brewing Potions in Pottermore

With Wizard’s Duel offline, Potions is the only way to quickly gain house points. A lot of people came to my Pottermore review searching for information about Potions in Pottermore. So here’s a few tips and tricks. I assume that you already know how the Potion game works.

For those who don’t know, this is a Potions game in Pottermore. I do not intend to write a complete guide to brewing Potions (ie. what to do exactly) because that just takes away the fun.


02/11/2012: Update
Added Potions information for Polyjuice Potion and Swelling Potion

19/04/2012: Update
Added question about getting ingredients right in the Potions game.

16/04/2012: Updates
Revised some sections below about brewing time and cauldron speed. Added question about “How do I wave my wand”.

13/09/2011: Penalties
With the previous change noted below, penalties for failing to brew potions correctly has been adjusted.

For minor mistakes (Cauldron does not explode): There will be no change in points and the player’s cauldron can still be used.
For major mistakes (Cauldron meltdown/explosion): 5 points penalty and player’s cauldron will no longer be usable.

Also, please see the question below about “What happens if I leave my potion for too long?”

12/09/2011: New Scoring System
Recently, the scoring system has changed and successful attempts no longer always award 5 House Points. The more complex and expensive potion recipes award more points and naturally, the easier ones award less now.

11 Points: Sleeping Draught

9 Points: Wideye or Awakening Potion, Forgetfulness Potion, Herbicide

7 Points: Antidote to Common Poisons

3 Points: Cure for Boils


NEW! Ingredients for Polyjuice potion

Help!!? I can’t buy some of the ingredients for my potions

Make sure that you have purchased all the required books for your second year at Hogwarts. Refer to your Shopping List for help. Get the books that are still not crossed out.

Fantastic Free Ingredients and Where to Find Them

You will find potion ingredients just by exploring the scenes in Pottermore. You get a house point too if it is your first time discovering the ingredient. The best part is, these ingredients will replenish at the same place you found them, but only if you have used up the “free” ingredient and no longer have any of that sort in your inventory. You can only hold one of each “free” ingredient at any time.

I’ve set up links to the pages with free ingredients. Please make the effort to find them yourself!
Note: You need to be logged into Pottermore for these links to work.

*You can only collect and hold two of this for just one time. After using (or giving it away), one of them will not reappear on the scenes.

For a full list of prices and exact locations of free ingredients, refer to this very useful post on tumblr.

Can I brew potions with free ingredients?

Yes, but the game it set in a way that you will definitely need to buy an ingredient from the Apothecary at Diagon Alley. Refer to the link above and spend your Galleons wisely.

Which cauldron should I use?

Cauldrons differ in the amount of time needed to heat up and brew. This means your cauldron choice will affect how difficult it is to keep the temperature within a certain range. A copper cauldron may be quick to warm up but it also means that temperature will be harder to control. Whether if it is the simple Pewter, Copper or Brass, it will all take the same waiting time to brew until Pottermore makes the necessary changes. In a recent update however, brewing time is affected by cauldron type. A copper cauldron reduces brewing time from a pewter one by about 25%, while a brass cauldron is faster than the pewter by approximately 15%. See next section for details.

Potion Brew Times

Time you need to wait before you can start the second phase, ordered by Cauldron type.

Pewter Cauldron (Speed: Slow)
Antidote to Common Poisons [40 minutes] Cure for Boils [45 minutes] Forgetfulness Potion [60 minutes] Herbicide [60 minutes] Sleeping Draught [70 minutes] Wideye or Awakening Potion [55 minutes] Swelling Potion [60 minutes] Polyjuice Potion (Phase 1) [80 minutes] Polyjuice Potion (Phase 2) [1440 minutes]

Brass Cauldron (Speed: Medium)
Antidote to Common Poisons [34 minutes] Cure for Boils [39 minutes] Forgetfulness Potion [51 minutes] Herbicide [51 minutes] Sleeping Draught [60 minutes] Wideye or Awakening Potion [47 minutes] Swelling Potion [51 minutes] Polyjuice Potion (Phase 1) [68 minutes] Polyjuice Potion (Phase 2) [1224 minutes]

Copper Cauldron (Speed: Fast)
Antidote to Common Poisons [30 minutes] Cure for Boils [34 minutes] Forgetfulness Potion [45 minutes] Herbicide [45 minutes] Sleeping Draught [53 minutes] Wideye or Awakening Potion [42 minutes] Swelling Potion [45 minutes] Polyjuice Potion (Phase 1) [60 minutes] Polyjuice Potion (Phase 2) [1080 minutes]

How long can I leave my potion to brew?

You can leave your cauldron for a maximum of twice the time it takes to brew a potion. Once a potion is ready to move onto the second phase, a second timer that is as long as time to brew will start counting down. For example, if Cure for Boils takes 40 minutes to brew, you can return after 40 minutes, but not after 80 minutes.

What happens if I leave my potion for too long? (or got back to it too late?)

You will fail to brew your potion correctly, but you will not lose or gain any points. You get to keep your cauldron too. However, you would have wasted your ingredients, so it’s best to set a timer. Use a mobile phone, or something with that function. (Do people still use kitchen timers?)

What are the possible outcomes?

  • If you follow all the instructions precisely and perform them within the time limit, you will succeed and gain 5 some house points. Please see the following section about house points. Your potion will appear in your inventory page and you can give it to your friends.
  • If you make a minor mistake, such as putting in the wrong quantity of ingredients or missing steps, or returning to your potion late, you will fail to brew your potion correctly. You will not lose/gain points and still get to keep your cauldron.
  • If you make a serious mistake, such as demonstrating grave negligence over cauldron temperature, your cauldron might explode. You will fail the brew, lose 5 house points AND your cauldron.

Results are the same for all potions, whether if it is a Sleeping Draught or Cure for Boils.However, points awarded for potions are now different. See next section.

New Scoring System

Recently, the scoring system has changed and successful attempts no longer always award 5 House Points. The more complex and expensive potion recipes award more points and naturally, the easier ones award less now.

11 Points
Sleeping Draught

9 Points
Wideye or Awakening Potion
Forgetfulness Potion

7 Points
Antidote to Common Poisons
Swelling Potion

3 Points
Cure for Boils

0 Points / Special
Polyjuice Potion (Parts 1 and 2): No points awarded, but required to complete certain chapters in Chamber of Secrets.

Why does it keep saying that I have added the wrong amount of ingredients?

Pay attention to the animation of your ingredients falling into your cauldron. Whenever you add something, it takes a moment for it to fall into your cauldron – Yes I know, common sense tells you that they should just plop right in, not disintegrate into tiny pieces and descend gently. Best to keep track of the little counter next to your cauldron before moving on to the next step. You can also check your potion book and ensure that it has been crossed out.

Also note that some ingredients are handled in multiple quantities – For example, you will always take 3x snake fangs. Hence, if a recipe requires 6 snake fangs, you should only take it twice (3 fangs, 2 servings).

Tips when handling ingredients

  • I know it doesn’t make sense but pouring ingredients out of jars, bottles and vials is much easier (and precise) if you hold them from the top. Tilt the container by leaning its bottom side on the edge of the cauldron, as if cracking an egg.
  • Drop ingredients as close as your cauldron as possible – there is no point dropping them from a height, you just waste time!
  • If you have trouble telling ingredients apart, refer to your Potions book.
  • When pounding ingredients, just work as fast as you can – it’s hard to make mistakes here unless you are literally pounding your mouse button.

How do I control the fire?

You have three buttons. Blue (Off), Orange (Low heat) and Red (High heat). Pay attention to the thermometer next to your cauldron, especially the marked out zones. You cannot allow the heat level to go beyond this zone. For some challenging potions, you will need to alternate between the Blue and Orange buttons to keep the level stable within the small safe zone.

What is this “back button” trick I’ve been hearing about?

If you have messed up your potion in the first stage (before the “brewing” wait period), you can actually refresh the page to try again. You will not lose your ingredients and will simply start off in the first stage. If you do this in the second stage (after the “brewing” wait period) you will restart from the first stage as well. WARNING: There have been unconfirmed reports that this causes your Potions to glitch up permanently.
I can no longer suggest doing this – it has been patched recently and using the back button will deplete ingredients in your inventory.

My Potions page seems to be glitchy, what is happening?

I have lost quite a few brews because of some technical issues, probably because my Pottermore login cookie expired BUT the Potions game does not know and still allows me to continue. The game might glitch up and reset your potion back to the first phase, or worse, you might be stuck in serious glitch where Pottermore still thinks that you have a potion brewing! So I recommend the following:

  • Use the latest versions of Safari, Firefox or Chrome browsers
  • Do not refresh your browser when you are on the actual potion game page.
  • After completing the first phase, you may want to leave that window open so that you can see the timer. However, do not click “continue” when it says that your potion is ready.
  • You can also keep track of your potion from Cauldrons page.
  • As I said earlier, when a potion is ready to move to the second phase, DO NOT click continue. Instead, go to the Cauldrons page first, making sure that the text now states “This potion requires your attention”, then select the Cauldron again. This ensures that you are still being recognised as “logged in” by Pottermore.
  • Once you have succeeded (or failed), be sure to click “Brew another Potion” (even if you don’t want to) so that the system would register your progress properly.

Which is the best potion to brew?

I would say Cure for Boils, if you want to keep things simple and gain house points easily. It has very few steps and does not involve precise control over the cauldron temperature. Also, it takes only 80 minutes to brew to the second phase. It will cost 4 Galleons to get enough ingredients 36 brews, using complimentary Horned Slugs found in Chapter 10.
NOTE: With the new scoring system, Cure for Boils only award 3 house points. It is still the cheapest potion to brew, but the other potions, such as the Sleeping Draught might be better if you want to gain house points quickly.

How do I wave my wand? I can’t even find it.

The wand is located at the bottom-right corner of the table, below the Potion recipe book. It is sometimes obscured by ingredients.

I keep getting my ingredients wrong.

Here’s a tip. Before starting anything, take a look at your Potion book. Notice that each potion has 3 key ingredients. Then, take a look at your ingredient inventory here and look at how the key ingredients look like. Be familiar with them so that when you brew the potion, you know exactly what is on your table.


Potions may be the only activity you can keep on playing on Pottermore, but do pay attention to your expenditure! You will NOT receive any Galleons until the release of Book 2 in 2012. So always try to make the best value out of that 500 Galleons (or whatever is left of it) and don’t waste money buying items until you need them.

Thank you

I would like to thank my readers and Pottermore fans who commented and contributed very useful information: Dwight, Patrick, Blah Master, and Minerva


109 Responses to Brewing Potions in Pottermore

  1. Sarah September 3, 2011 at 7:26 am #

    πŸ™‚ Thanks for posting! Add me: UnicornGalleon66

  2. Sarah September 4, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Great post! I find the best potion to brew is the Wideye potion personally, but helpful post nonetheless! Add me, ChaserWing18!

    • Tals September 10, 2011 at 4:48 pm #

      What does the wolfsbane look like in the wideye potion? I can’t find the purple flowers when I’m brewing! Is the bone-like thing wolfsbane?

      • Dejiki September 10, 2011 at 4:50 pm #

        Wolfsbane looks like a bunch of purple flowers. It only appears in the second phase (after waiting for 95 minutes).

      • Trisha September 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm #

        It is the bone like thing. If you look on the left side of your potion book there is a pic of each ingredient.

    • gabriel September 30, 2011 at 6:38 pm #

      I prefer Sleeping Draught myself it yields a hig score and when u know all the steps its not that hard to make

      • Troi October 5, 2011 at 3:30 am #

        I agree. I’ve done the math a million times and Sleeping Draught is the most efficient potion when it comes to gaining house points. And it is easier to do the more you do it. I’ve been making it for the past 3 days and haven’t failed once. When I first started making it, it seemed like all I was doing was failing. You just have to keep brewing, despite your failures.

    • Quinn November 13, 2011 at 3:53 am #

      Yes, I agree with Sarah; I think the Wideye is the easiest for the amount of points you get. Or maybe the Forgetfulness Potion.

  3. Mariam September 5, 2011 at 4:38 am #

    This post ROCKS!!

    And I love your blog in general. I love the amount of details you go into…you write so beautifully. Can you add the option to your blog where we subscribe via e-mail? That way, whenever you put up a new post it notifies us in our emails?? Would be soooo convenient because I’ll keep forgetting to come back, even though I’ve bookmarked you.

    • Dejiki September 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words. I’m glad you enjoy my blog entries. πŸ™‚

      I didn’t really plan for a subscribe feature because I blog about a wide variety of subjects. I just had the option set up, so now you can now subscribe via email πŸ˜€

      • Mariam September 7, 2011 at 11:56 pm #

        And now I’m subscribed, thanks!! See you soooon.

  4. DustStone90 September 7, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Really helpful!

  5. Klio September 10, 2011 at 5:35 pm #

    Very useful, thanks.

    Wish I read it before buying the 25g gallions. Not only was it unecessary, it exploded while I was trying to make a wideye potion :'( I’d better make cure for boils.

  6. Ryan September 11, 2011 at 10:51 am #

    Hi Dejiki, thanks for collating all the information on Potions! Some of these are really useful. I got very frustrated when the ingredients kept falling into the cauldron as I passed them over to the mortar!

    I noticed that you chose to omit your house. I’m intrigued!

    BTW, fellow Singaporean here. πŸ™‚

    • Dejiki September 11, 2011 at 10:55 am #

      Glad the tips were helpful! I had to erase away any identifiable information so that Pottermore staff can’t trace back to my account. πŸ™‚

      • Potterless July 16, 2012 at 6:12 am #

        Would they disable your account if they could trace it back to you?

    • Micah September 14, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

      Here too!(: Great stuff dejiki!

  7. Acciorain193 September 11, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    Feel free to add me, Acciorain193 <3

  8. evilsiSta September 11, 2011 at 7:23 pm #

    can I buy another cauldron and brew another potion while the other cauldron is in use??

    • Dejiki September 11, 2011 at 7:33 pm #

      You can buy another cauldron but… you can only brew one potion at any time.

      • evilsiSta September 11, 2011 at 7:41 pm #

        ow i see… πŸ˜€ THANK YOU!!

  9. Patrick September 12, 2011 at 9:17 am #

    Hey. I think they have changed the points system. I just brewed a Forgetfulness Potion successfully, and it awarded me 9 house points. A revisit on the house points at least might be in order.

    • Dejiki September 12, 2011 at 9:22 am #

      Thanks for the heads up, I have made a new section about points in this entry. If you know more about the points awarded for other potions, do comment and I’ll update the entry.

  10. Deedee September 12, 2011 at 4:30 pm #

    This is good!
    Thank you for posting this πŸ™‚
    Add me, I’m RainDraconis69

  11. ProphecyHowl60 September 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm #

    It’s really helpful but I have a problem.
    I was waiting my potion to finish brewing when they were updating the site, so I waited for too long and now it says
    “Sorry, this potion was not brewed correctly because you left it for too long. This was a hard potion to brew, so you have been awarded the following house points for trying: 1”
    But when I try to click Try Again, I go back to Potions page. And now I can’t do anything because of it. How can I brew potions again?

    • Dejiki September 12, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      This is one of the infamous potions glitch. Go to your “Cauldrons” page and see if it says “This potion needs your attention”.

      • ProphecyHowl60 September 12, 2011 at 6:08 pm #

        It says. It shows that message when I click “This potion needs your attention” I’ve been trying for 2 hours but still I can’t brew another potion.

        • Dejiki September 12, 2011 at 9:10 pm #

          What happens when you click the message? Does it bring you to the Potions game screen? If it does, you might want to try making mistakes so that the game would “fail” that potion and purge it out of the game.

          • ProphecyHowl60 September 12, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

            It brings me back to Cauldrons page, but nothing changes. I can’t make mistakes because I can’t do anything in potions.

            • Dejiki September 13, 2011 at 10:03 am #

              I’m very sorry to say this but you might have encountered one of the most nasty glitches in Pottermore. There is no known fix (and unfortunately Pottermore does not have tech support) but don’t be disheartened – wait for Pottermore to go into maintenance and it might solve your problem. Just take a break from potions for a while πŸ™‚

  12. Daisy September 12, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Thanks for posting these tips! Very helpful! πŸ™‚

  13. evilsiSta September 12, 2011 at 11:02 pm #

    I just finished brewing Phase 1 (cure for boils) when I clicked on the “This potion requires your attention” it keeps on showing the instructions for phase 1.. i tried refreshing it many times…the second phase wouldn’t show… -_-

    • Acciorain193 September 13, 2011 at 4:06 am #

      That’s been happening to me all day too ._.

    • Dejiki September 13, 2011 at 10:06 am #

      If you are stuck in Phase 1, I suggest that you make a minor mistake with your brew (and get 1 house point for effort) so that the game would purge that potion session out of the game.

    • Rogue September 14, 2011 at 6:55 am #

      It happened to me too today I tried to brew Wideye, waited for 95 minutes and when I get back, it showed me the steps of Phase 1!!! So frustrating! I just wasted many precious galleons!!!

      • Coryl October 1, 2011 at 4:13 am #

        That keeps happening to me as well. What should I do? Should I just keep it on the timer page?

  14. Kaila September 13, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    I have a question with regards to waiting for the potions to brew till the second page. e.g. boils take 80 minutes to “simmer” so to speak. Does that mean I have to have that window open for 80 minutes? or is there any way I can close the window and just go back when its 80 minutes after?

    • Dejiki September 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm #

      You do not have to. You can return to your potion by clicking on the “Cauldrons” tab at Potions menu. The active cauldron will be shown and there is even a progress bar to inform you about its status. You can also stay on the Potions menu page (the one with all the potion recipes) and click on the “brewing” button, but that screen does not update you on your potion’s progress.

      • Kaila September 13, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

        thanks πŸ™‚

      • Kaila September 14, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

        Sorry another question. What happens if you put down bottles sideways when you finish using them… wherein they keep spilling on the table? does that mean your ingredients keep on getting wasted or those are just graphics?

        In my haste sometimes I didn’t manage to put down bottles gently and they kept spilling on the table heh.

        • Dejiki September 14, 2011 at 4:44 pm #

          I just tried it and it doesn’t seem to affect the outcome! It doesn’t actually “waste” ingredients from your inventory either. πŸ™‚

        • Pauljohn Savas September 21, 2011 at 7:40 am #

          0)__(0 umm…? me too it kinda gets annoying but after 11 times before… it’s still annoying.

  15. evilsiSta September 15, 2011 at 1:52 am #

    my cauldron was destroyed and I bought another one…I brewed some potions but it seems to be that its not brewing?? (i dunno the exact word) after clicking “come back later”..i would check the cauldron but my cauldron is not “in use” or “currently in use”…T_T

  16. Summer September 17, 2011 at 2:58 am #

    Thanks for the good info and tips! ^-^

  17. Blah Master September 18, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Here’s some experiences that I hope add to everyone’s understanding of Potions:

    1. I used to have the problem with it not taking me to the second phase. I haven’t since doing the following: a) When Phase 1 is complete, don’t click the button that pops up on the dialog box. Instead, click on “Potions” in the main Pottermore menu. b) This takes you to the main potions screen. Click on the “Cauldrons” tab. c) The cauldron you were using should have a progress bar telling you how far along the potion is in its brewing cycle. d) When it reaches 100%, clicking on the little link near the cauldron should take you back to the work area, and leave you at Phase 2.

    2. If you’ve messed up something in Phase 1, you can reset the ingredients without penalty by clicking the Back arrow in the upper left of the potions workspace, then reentering from the Cauldrons page. I haven’t tried this with Phase 2, so I don’t know if it works there.

    3. I have a slow computer. On slow computers, heating up your material actually behaves differently than on a fast one. With a pewter cauldron, I need to alternate on the red and orange buttons to keep the temperature in range, instead of alternating on the orange and blue. The temperature only goes up on red, and drops semi-briskly on orange. Other things behave oddly on slow computers as well, but it’s nothing that can’t be compensated for.

    • Dejiki September 18, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks for sharing your experiences with Potions!

      I have always recommended what you said in #1 – It’s really the safest option and saves users from wasting time, effort and ingredients! πŸ™‚

      #2 – Yes, it works with Phase 1, but if attempted at Phase 2, the potion will reset to Phase 1. You do keep the ingredients but you have to wait for the potion to brew again.

      #3 – That’s interesting. In that case, I would never recommend a Copper cauldron to users with slow computers. It’s hard enough to control on a new computer!

  18. flinn September 21, 2011 at 12:05 am #

    your forgot infusion of wormwood on the free ingredients list – problem is i cant remember where i found it!

    • Dejiki September 21, 2011 at 12:23 am #

      Thanks for pointing that out. Infusion of Wormwood can be found at “Christmas at Hogwarts” (Great Hall scene). You can click on this link too.

  19. Pauljohn Savas September 21, 2011 at 7:37 am #

    Awesome stuff! I am quite lucky to even get a Potter more account at my young age (i’m ten)

  20. Pauljohn Savas September 21, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    BTW i’m not using my real name,

  21. Rika September 23, 2011 at 2:25 am #

    I think that the Potion Counter had changed again now
    giving same personal points for the witch/wizard but only awarding few points of that to the house.. like when I brew a Sleeping Potion my personal Counter goes up from 111 to 122 but the house counter goes up only 4 more points.

  22. sunny September 29, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    When I was making the Wideye Potion, I spilled some dried billywig stings when I laid it back down on the table. The cauldron exploded after I waved my wand. Did the spill affect my brewing?

    • Dejiki September 29, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

      I’ve tested it a few times and I did not affect my brewing. The game does leave a message stating what went wrong – do you still remember what it said?

    • Hungry Catapillar July 13, 2012 at 8:47 pm #

      Your cauldron will only explode if you add too much/too little ingredients or (most likely cause) you did not keep the temperature in the “green zone” when brewing.

  23. Iona September 30, 2011 at 9:34 pm #

    Hi Dejiki,
    Thank you very much for this blog. Unfortunately, I read it AFTER I got stuck in permanent potion limbo (or “serious glitch” as you call it), and I wonder whether you’d have a clue about how to get unstuck?

    I’ve tried brewing Cure for Boils twice (with nothing bad happening during the preparation itself), and both times, when I showed up ON TIME at the end of brewing, I ended up permanently stuck at the “This potion requires your attention” phase.

    When I click on the button below the cauldron, the site brings me back to making the same potion, as if nothing happened. (The second time I followed your instructions and let it brew on a separate window, too).

    It did remove ingredients from my account, though, for both potions. The thing is I don’t have any other choice that to redo the same potion. I can’t remove my cauldron from the brewing position, I can’t choose another potion, I can’t do anything as it thinks I still have a potion brewing that I didn’t go and see!!

    And if I keep remaking the same potion only to loose ingredients and not earn any house points, what’s the point (no pun intended)?

    If you have any clue about how to get out of this mess, I would much appreciate it (btw, I even removed all stored info from my browser AND Adobe Flash Player in the _ mistaken _ hope that it might help….).

    Thank you very much!

    • Dejiki September 30, 2011 at 9:38 pm #

      Hi Iona, I’m sorry to hear that your Potions session has glitched up. Unfortunately this is not a problem with your browser, but with the Pottermore server.
      I would suggest waiting for Pottermore to go into maintenance mode – usually that would clear and reset all Potion sessions (in most situations).

      • Iona September 30, 2011 at 9:51 pm #

        Hi Dejiki,
        Thank you for your (very fast :-)!) reply. I’ll be patient, then and hopefully at some point I’ll be lucky enough to try and experience the rest of your wonderful tips.

      • Silvernewt October 6, 2011 at 11:17 pm #

        I too am stuck with this glitch, I’m being patient.. although in a few days it will have been exactly a month since this glitch occured. Pottermore has gone under maintenance multiple times since my potion first glitched, and each time it’s not fixed.

        More patience, and more frowning when I try again, and again, and again.. it’s all I can do!

        It wouldn’t be so bad if there was something else to do, but with duelling down also, all I can do it click around

  24. Minerva September 30, 2011 at 9:53 pm #

    Thanks for the wonderful article on potion brewing. Wish I had found this 2+ weeks ago!

    1) Potions no longer awards 1 point just for attempting them.
    2) You have to “wave the wand” to get out of the potions glitch loop.
    3) If you do hit the Back button you WILL lose potion ingredients. (I tested this out on purpose.)
    4) Pottermore and potions brewing is not fully compatible with Internet Explorer 9 (beta) because of beta FLASH releases. It also depends on whether user is on a 32-bit or 64-bit machine/version of IE. Odd things happen: pestle stops working, cannot grab ingredients, etc.

    Strongly recommend using Chrome or Firefox as browser when using Pottermore.

    Many thanks!
    AccioLight184 (please add me!)

    30 Sept 2011

    • Dejiki September 30, 2011 at 9:58 pm #

      Thanks for writing back! I’ll update the post soon! πŸ™‚

    • N. April 16, 2012 at 2:22 am #

      how do you wave the wand in cure for boils? i can’t figure it out. Add me! LeviosaSilver26048

      • Dejiki April 16, 2012 at 9:37 am #

        Hi there!

        After completing the other steps, simply click on the wand on the table.

  25. CastleKnight184 October 1, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    I have been making the forgetfulness potion, but when I went back to it after letting it brew it came up with the support message- will this effect my potion in any way?

    By the way: I loved this blog- it was great!! πŸ˜€

    • Dejiki October 1, 2011 at 7:45 am #

      There are two types of support message: One that says that you can’t access Pottermore right now (because there’s too many users) with a 15 second timer. The other says that Pottermore is unavailable due to maintenance. If you see the first message, your potion will not be affected (but do note that the brew-time countdiown is still running!). If you see the second message, your potion might disappear (it usually happens for me :\) when maintenance is complete.

  26. patronusmist152 October 7, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    what is “come back later” actually means? is it okay if we log out and come back again?

    • Dejiki October 7, 2011 at 2:12 pm #

      It means that you have to wait for your potion to brew – while waiting you can explore other parts of Pottermore or just anything else. Just take note of the time and come back when the time is up.

  27. Scarlet October 9, 2011 at 4:36 am #

    having trouble with brewing potions, I can brew them till the time that I have to wait, I then click on come back later and it doesn’t recognise that I have started one so have to start again, I have even tried to keep the page open but it times out. I’m using chrome what else can I do.

    • Maurice November 12, 2011 at 3:49 pm #

      the same is happening to me right now :/ … what did you do?

  28. SkullFlame33 October 15, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Add me!

  29. shamini October 17, 2011 at 11:24 pm #

    thanks a lot for the information regarding points graded for each potions..phew brewing potions is not as easy as it seems…

  30. HallowSnitch25 October 29, 2011 at 8:56 pm #

    im having a problem brewing a potion….after i successfully completed the first phase and have to wait for my potion……i cant proceed to the second..its like i didnt brew a potion…theres nothing there and i can brew another potion again…then it will not work….

  31. Maurice November 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm #

    Guys :/ i need some help, im brewing my first potion but i was bored so i went out of that page where it says it is brewing but when i click the link that says: the potion is brewin (in the cauldron section) it takes me to the beginnin of the potion… what should i do?

    • Dejiki November 12, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

      It means that session of Potions has been lost. Just try brewing again.

  32. Megs December 20, 2011 at 12:33 am #

    Great post, that helped me so much! πŸ˜€ Thanks. Add me, I’m HazelOak5. πŸ™‚

  33. Abhilasha February 11, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

    i like HERBICIDE

    add me Midnightstorm121

  34. ShadowWillow143 March 13, 2012 at 4:31 am #

    Love the blog!!

  35. Vic April 17, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    how do I get the ingrediant from the morter into the cauldren?

    • Dejiki April 17, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

      After you’ve pounded the ingredients in the mortar, simply click and drag from the mortar – you’ll grab onto a measure of powder – and place it into your cauldron.

  36. PhoenixMidnight April 18, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    I always seem to mess up when i wave my wand. how do i make my wand not “wave” for longer than it should?

    • Dejiki April 18, 2012 at 7:36 am #

      There’s no way to control the wand movement – you just click to start the wand-waving animation.
      Make sure you click on the wand only when all the instructions in the Potions book have been crosssed out.

  37. Kats April 20, 2012 at 4:47 am #

    Okay, so I’m having issues with the Wideye potion. I keep failing the potion because I’m not keeping within the temperature range. The problem is, I am. I’m only failing the potion whenever my wand is waving and the temperature drops. How do I keep the temperature within the right range while my wand is waving?? This doesn’t happen for the Cure for Boils potion, the temperature can go as high or low as it wants without failing after the required time. But, it seems the Wideye needs to be kept that temperature the whole time. What’s up??

    • Dejiki April 20, 2012 at 8:32 am #

      Hi Kats,

      There appears to be a glitch with this potion – I’ve been hearing from others that this potion just fails to brew. I’d advise that you brew other potions for now.

      I just tried to brew it and even with the temperature within the right range AFTER the wand-waving (by turning off the fire when the temperature is at the highest acceptable point, then quickly on the wand), it still fails. But this shouldn’t happen, because the instructions state that the potion only needs to be kept within a temperature range for 30 seconds.

    • Clary May 10, 2012 at 7:24 am #

      if u are crushing the mortar before the 30 seconds are up then the message will say that it was not in the right temperature range. follow exactly what the instructions say and crush the ingredients in the mortar after the 30 seconds of boiling are done

  38. Lola April 22, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

    I can control/maintain the temperature of the cauldron properly. But I get a message saying that I did not maintain the temperature properly (this happened with the Wideye Potion). I know this error is not from my side ‘cos I DO NOT let the temperature go beyond the ‘safe’ zone (between the two markings on the thermometer), I diligently press the blue and orange buttons to control the temperature within the ‘safe’ zone. Yet, I get a ‘temperature error’. If I keep getting such errors (even if it’s not my doing), how on earth do I brew potions???

    • Dejiki April 22, 2012 at 8:44 pm #

      Hi Lola,

      There is a bug with the Wideye Potion, making it impossible to be brewed at this stage. I’d advise that you brew other potions in the meantime.

      • mirrormidnight8676 May 8, 2012 at 5:16 am #

        i cant brew the first potion, it keeps telling me i have added wrong amounts of ingredients when i have followed the instructions precisely and i notice the little circles that tell me how many i have put in! πŸ™

  39. CloakShadow18418 April 29, 2012 at 5:23 am #

    I cannot seem to find the Bezoar :/ were is it? I’ve also waited so it’d probably the location – I can’t remember it and I’ve used up my last.

  40. Luna May 7, 2012 at 6:58 am #

    Hi πŸ™‚
    Can you, please, tell me, where are all renewable potion ingredients? πŸ˜€

  41. mirrormidnight8676 May 8, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    i am adding exactly the right number of ingredients but it still tells me im not! πŸ™

  42. Tabby May 18, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    Thank you SO much for posting this. Without it, I would not have ever found Bat Spleens.
    I was wondering if you could do a similar page for books. I seem to be missing one book, and I just can’t seem to find out where it is.

    • Tabby May 18, 2012 at 11:00 am #

      I also seem to be missing 3 items from my truck. If not where, what exactly am I looking for?

  43. Jim King May 22, 2012 at 8:40 am #

    Using the refresh button works without depleting your inventory.

  44. MoonFirebolt5129 May 27, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    i cant find the horned slugs for my life… help?

    • cynthia December 11, 2012 at 5:44 am #

      Apothecary: 24 jars for 1 Galleon
      In the sink on the right hand side in Book 1, Chapter 10, Moment 3
      In the pile of slugs next to Ron in Book 2, Chapter 7, Moment 1

  45. Snitch28888 July 5, 2012 at 3:58 am #

    Safari, firefox and Chrome??? What about IE9 and Opera? both better than Firefox and Safari. Mac user? Good for you, but your’e wrong if you think that’s the tree best and safest browsers out there.

  46. shadowoak1305 July 15, 2012 at 1:33 pm #

    how do i start brewing potions? even thought i have the ingredients it still says “buy” near some of them… how do i get the ingredients from the ingredients tab into my potions book?

  47. Hannah July 18, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I’ve just started brewing potions on Pottermore and have completed the practise one a good few times now, and it tells me every time that I can now start brewing more to get house points, but nothing appears. How do I move on to making new potions? I have the ingredients for some, but I can’t see where to click to get going! Thanks, Hannah

    • Dejiki July 18, 2012 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Hannah,

      You might want to try this link:
      Click on “Use this Cauldron” and you should be able to see the list of potions that you are able to brew with the ingredients in your inventory.

      You can also refer to this link for potion recipes:
      It should show you the list of potions that you have “learned”, as well as if you could brew them (all required ingredients have a tick next to them).

  48. AurorMirror November 1, 2012 at 3:43 am #

    How can I brew a polyjuice potion and how do I find the ingredients?

    • cynthia December 11, 2012 at 5:20 am #

      For the first part you will require: -Fluxweed: found Behind the willow root in Book 2, Chapter 5, Moment 2.
      -Knotgrass: It can be found on the grass near Ron in Book 2, Chapter 7 , Moment 1.
      It’s also an award for keeping spiders away from Harry and Ron in Book 2, Chapter 15, Moment 2. You can also buy a bundle of 5 at the apothecary for 5 galleons
      -Lacewing Flies: Can be found on the floor to the right of the toilet in Book 2, Chapter 12, Moment 2. You can buy it at the apothecary, 2 galleons for 6 flies
      -Leeches: Can be found on the bathroom floor in front of the third door from the left in Book 2, Chapter 9, Moment 2. Bought at the apothecary if needed, 8 leeches for 6 galleons.
      You can follow the instructions given to you in the potions book when you brew it, i would advise you use a pewter cauldron (buy one if you don’t have it) it’s easier to handle. Keep track of the time but don’t look at it a lot because you’ll actually waste time. Pay attention to your ingredients count and when stirring the potion sometimes it glitches and doesn’t count so pay attention to that. When heating, heat at high at first but when the heat reaches the margins, shuffle between medium and no heat to keep it there.

      Part two
      First should be noted that it is like a completely different potion from the first so if you mess this part up you will keep your first, which is good.
      Ingredients needed: -Horn of Bicorn and Skin of Boomslang which can only be found in Snape’s office in Book 2, Chapter 5. But before you can get them you will have to make a successful swelling solution otherwise the door in his office won’t open and you will not have access to them.
      -Lacewing flies
      -Slytherin student hair: Can be found on one of the Slytherin’s heads, the one second from the right, next to who seems to be Draco in Book 2, Chapter 8, Moment 2.
      What goes into making the first part goes for the first one but this part is trickier to make and will require around 20 to 24 hours to brew so don’t forget to set an alarm because you wouldn’t want to wait that long again would you?
      You will require this potion to enter the Slytherin common room in Book 2, Chapter 12.
      Hope I helped πŸ˜€
      Add me I’m a Gryffindor: mistspell1623

      • AurorMirror December 26, 2012 at 9:16 am #

        Yes, thank you so much! I finally brewed it. And I’m a Ravenclaw. Will add you soon.

  49. cynthia December 11, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    I would like to ask how many potions can we keep? is the storage limited like do we have to give up a few potions to make more or can i make as many as i want and there will be storage space? add me: mistspell1623

  50. Jordan December 11, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Hi! Okay so as you seem to be an expert, have you experienced the issue where the potion freezes mid brew? It says that this potion requires my attention but whenever I go to it it says it is NaN% complete and to come back later. It has been like this for four or so days now. Any suggestions??


  51. Panda December 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm #

    Hi when i’m brewing a potion do i have to keep pottermore open in a tab for the whole time or will it still work if i close my tab and turn my computor off?

    • Dejiki December 23, 2012 at 10:56 pm #

      The status of your potion is kept on Pottermore’s servers, not in your browser. Just make sure to return to your potion before the time limit.

  52. Dumbalf December 27, 2012 at 10:06 am #

    Actually, given your new details here, the best potion to brew in relation to points over time is the Antidote to Common Poisons potion. Let’s say you have a 1590 minute period. In this time you could brew 30 Sleeping Draughts for 330 points or 53 Antidote to Common Poisons for 371 points.
    Sleeping Draught, on the other hand, costs around 2/3 less Galleons to make than Antidote (considering you only buy Unicorn Horns for the Antidote and Flobberworm Mucus for the Draught and pick up the rest as free items in various chapters).

    So you decide if a 11% faster point gain is worth 67.3% more money spent. Seeing as how you cannot generate income in the world, brewing the Draught is the smartest choice.
    But as regards to your “gain house points quickly” comment, Antidote to Common Poisons would actually be the way to go.


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