Mandragora Officinarum

Mandrake root is supposed to look like the male form (having two legs, a body and, often a hairy top)* and, under the Doctrine of Signatures, its use would give a man that power which men are always willing to spend a lot of money to get. Its high price was maintained, in part, by the difficulty of harvesting it because, as every Harry Potter fan knows, mandrake screams when you pull it up. The scream was fatal so it was common to tie a dog to the plant and let the dog pull it up and suffer the curse.

But the story of the mandrake does not start with J K Rowling..

Read the rest of the article concerning the plant here

I found this article beyond interesting and I thought I’d put it up for other Potterheads to read. Jo really knew her stuff, and this plant proves it.



Posted on Wednesday, November 21st at 07:10PM with 58 notes

tagged as: Mandragora Officinarum, mandrake, harry potter, plants,
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