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Aug 4, 2020

In this week’s Potions episode, Tylor, Jordan, and Emma discuss how to brew fame, bottle glory and even put a stopper in death: all without using animal-derived potion ingredients! 


Also in this episode:


  1. Examples of animal-derived ingredients we see in the Harry Potter series, and how these are used in potions.
  2. Are there ways of obtaining some of these potion ingredients in ‘cruelty-free’ ways? Is it possible to substitute these with vegan alternatives?
  3. The ethics of Polyjuice Potion
  4. How do vegan potion-making and vegan cooking compare? What’s the potion equivalent of nutritional yeast?!
  5. The similarities between potions and medicines, and how to navigate the lack of vegan alternatives whilst also taking care of our health.
  6. What’s the difference between Professor Snape’s style of teaching Potions, and Professor Slughorn?
  7. Our favorite Slughorn moments!


What other examples of animal-derived potion ingredients are there in the wizarding world? Which substitutes do you think work best? Do you have a favorite Professor Slughorn moment?


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