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Introduction page featuring a red background, introduction written in a white lettering script.  In the center is an image of an interior view of alchemy workshop showing the alchemist and many symbols important to alchemy, such as the rising sun, the moon, a lion and a serpent, a scale, a square, plants, a cross/caduceus, and most importantly, fire. A blue background with Who is Nicholas Flamel? written in white lettering script at the bottom. In the center is a head and shoulders, full face illustration of Nicholas Flamel. A green background with Magical Creatures and Magical Plants written in white lettering script at the bottom. In the center is a white unicorn A purple background with Classes at Hogwarts written in white lettering script at the bottom. In the center is an interior view of a pharmacy; showing the master, standing and pointing to shelves of apothecary jars, instructing the novice who is sitting at a table with an open book. Do Mandrakes Really Scream? Magic and Medicine in written in blue lettering with Harry Potter written in red lettering.

Classes at Hogwarts written in white lettering script on a purple background.

You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making... I don't expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with it shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through the human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses... Professor Snape to his potions class at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling written in black lettering.

Interior view of a pharmacy; showing the master, standing and pointing to shelves of apothecary jars, instructing the novice who is sitting at a table with an open book.In Harry Potter, all students are required to take classes in magical subjects. One of Harry's most dreaded classes is Potions, where students brew magical elixirs from a variety of carefully measured and mixed ingredients.

The making and teaching of potions occurs not only in fictional Harry Potter, but in alchemy as well. Potion-making required knowledge of chemistry, instruments, and a wide variety of ingredients and was a fundamental to the practice of alchemy. Alchemists concentrated the power of their ingredients by distilling their solutions with complicated apparatus including alembics, retorts, and, like Harry Potter, cauldrons.

'How do we open our books?' Malfoy repeated.  He took out his copy of The Monster Book of Monsters, which he bound shut with a length of rope.  'Yeh've got ter stroke 'em,' said Hagrid, as though this was the most obvious thing in the world. During  Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures class, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling written in black lettering.

Works of Ambrose Pare translated out of Latin open to pages 1002 and 1003. On page 1002 there are images of two bishop fishes. On page 1003 there are two images of sea monsters with scales.The figure of a fish in the habite or shape of Bishop.The world of Harry Potter is filled with many magical creatures, including hippogriffs, nifflers, thestrals, phoenixes, dragons, and unicorns. Hogwarts students learn about these creatures in the Care of Magical Creatures class, helped along by their magical biting textbook.

The book shown here, although not alive, does talk about many magical creatures that people once believed existed. Seen here are a variety of sea-monsters that resemble a monk, a bishop, a bear, and a lion.

He held up the book: Magical Water Plants of the Mediterranean. 'Apparently Professor Sprout told Professor Moody I’m really good at Herbology.' Neville Longbottom to his classmates in Herbology class,Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling written in black lettering.

A woman is standing among various chemical apparatus, she is holding a pair of tongs and a glass container; a furnace is to the left.Since prehistoric times, plants have been used to treat ailments and illness. The characters in Harry Potter also practice the traditional art of using plants and herbs not only for medicine, but for magic, In Herbology class, Harry and his classmates learn about a variety of magical plants, their healing properties, and where to find them. In fact, Herbology helps Harry win the coveted Goblet of Fire during the Tri-Wizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. In the book, Harry eats gillyweed, a plant that when ingested allows a person to breathe underwater.

Destillierbuch der rechten Kunst by Hieronymus Brunschwig open to pages CVI and CVII showing illustrations of plants and their uses.While the fictional gillyweed will not be found in the pages of Destillierbuch der rechten Kunst, this book catalogues pages of helpful information on plants and their useful properties.