Lesson 9) I Can't Think!

Professor Baine is standing at the front of the room beaming as the students walk in. The room is brighter than it normally is, due to the floating balls of light wandering slowly through the upper part of the dungeon classroom. It even seems to be a bit warmer. On the chalkboard is written “Potions Final!” in big letters. “Come in, come in! Take your seats! Just one more lesson and you’re free!” she laughed, earning a few chuckles from the students as well.

“I hope you’ve all enjoyed your year diving into Psychology and how we treat diagnoses in that field with potions. I know I’ve enjoyed teaching you! Thank you all for making it such a wonderful year.”

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Of course, we aren’t quite done! There’s still a few things to discuss today. You will have your final exam at the end of this period, which will consist of two parts. You will have an essay portion, your final research paper for the year. Now, don’t groan yet! Part of it is a critical thinking portion, yes, but it also involves your own opinion! The second portion will be a written test in which you will have to answer questions, much like your midterm exam was. I’m assured you’ll all do quite well. If there is anything you’re unclear on, please come to my office and discuss it with me before you sit your final. I’m happy to answer any questions that you may have! I do ask, however, you take the final without any help from your notes. This test is to gauge what you’ve learned this year! I look forward to seeing your assignments, and I know you all are looking forward to summer holidays. I know this may be the last time any of you step foot into the Potions classroom, and I wish you all the best of luck with the rest of your endeavors. For those that I will see next year in the N.E.W.T. level course, I look forward to having you back in the classroom!

Let’s begin with a simple review to help you prepare for your final. Please note that things discussed here will not be enough to get you through your final simply by knowing what we’re discussing today. Success on the exam will have required your attention all year. Still, I’m assured you’ll all do wonderfully.

Jumping right into lesson one! We discussed the general rules of the classroom and grading policies. Beginning of the year formalities. Rest assured you won’t be tested on those. If you’re still here, I assume you know them. Next we delved into what neurology is and how it relates to potions. We discussed that it is studied more in the Muggle community, but that we are learning and developing our own knowledge within our own community! We only started really delving into these about fifty years ago! Love potions, of course, are the exception to this, as we learned last lesson that they date all the way back to the 1800s and beyond. James Warren started the movement to study neurology more within the Magical world as a way to help his wife! We’ve made incredible advances within the last fifty years, and I’m sure there are plenty more to come… I also told you that I myself had a mental disorder we studied this year. Have any of you figured it out? Well, I’ll let you know! I have both borderline personality disorder and dissociative identity disorder.

In lesson two, we discussed our first potion. The Elixir to Induce Euphoria! Please make sure that you are familiar with the ingredients and brewing process of this potion. I’ll be asking you about the alterations that you made to it as part of your final. We had a thorough discussion about the neurochemicals related to happiness and how they work together to create the joy we experience.

In lesson three, we switched the topic to the opposite of euphoria and happiness — depression. Be familiar with each form of depression that we discussed, as well as the differences between the types. Remember that we discussed that there are two different potions that can be used to treat depression!

Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder were the topics of lesson four! Remember that there are three different types of Bipolar Disorder and be familiar with their similarities and differences. Also know the diagnostic criteria for these disorders, and the effect that the potion discussed in this lesson has in combating these disorders

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Lesson five brought us to lies, deceit, and, of course, Veritaserum. Now, we didn’t learn how to brew the potion in this lesson, but make sure you recall the reasons why! It’s also important to remember the reasons people lie and how to detect when they’re lying. Potions are an incredibly useful tool, but as we’ve learned in past years, they can also come with side effects. If there are means other than a potion to achieve something, these are what we want to try to use.

Lesson six was about trauma and trauma induced disorders such as PTSD and Dissociative Identity Disorder. Make sure that you are knowledgeable about both of these disorders, along with the process to brew the Dissociative Diminishing Tincture. Be familiar with the types of vials used to store light sensitive potions.

In lesson seven, we moved on to luck. I hope those of you that won your vial of Liquid Luck are using it wisely! I also hope that none of you tried to use it to pass this exam. Remember that it won’t summon knowledge to make you know things you didn’t previously! We discussed some Muggle superstitions about luck.

Lastly, in lesson eight we focused on love, possibly the greatest emotion of them all. We discussed how to brew Amorentia, which I know you all turned in before you left, as it’s a banned substance to have at Hogwarts. We discussed the properties of the potion and the neurochemical responses behind love.

In this lesson, we’ll be learning how to produce Concentration Cream. This is a paste of sorts used on the forehead to help increase concentration in those who are disordered in such a way that prevents being able to concentrate. Your research assignment will be to look into Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and then explain how and why you think this potion is effective against these disorders. I suggest starting with WebMD as a resource, though you are, of course, free to use others! Please note that this can be altered to create Concentration Capsules as well, though we won’t be going into those today

So, let’s jump right into the potion!

Concentration Cream

Estimated Brew Time:

Pewter Cauldron: 10 minutes

Brass Cauldron: 9 minutes

Copper Cauldron: 8 minutes

Ingredients:

10 tablespoons Flobberworm mucus

3 Lemonbalm leaves

5 drops Valerian root extract

3 Skullcap leaves

Instructions:

1) Grind together the Lemonbalm leaves and Skullcap leaves using your mortar and pestle.

2) Add this mixture to your cauldron

3) Add the 5 drops of Valerian root extract

4) Stir once clockwise

5) Allow to sit for ten minutes

6) Add Flobberworm mucus

7) Stir four times clockwise

  1. Grind together the Lemonbalm leaves and Skullcap leaves using your mortar and pestle and add to your cauldron.
  2. Add the 5 drops of Valerian root extract.
  3. Stir once clockwise with your wand.
  4. Allow potion to sit with no heat for 10 minutes. (This will brew for 9 minutes in a Brass cauldron and for 8 minutes a Copper cauldron).
  5. Add the flobberworm mucus to your cauldron
  6. Stir four times clockwise

At this point, your potion should be a thick cream, the same consistency as hand lotion. It will be white to light cream in color. There should be no smoke and it should smell slightly of lemon.

To Store:

This potion should be stored in a small jar. There are no special instructions for storing, but make sure it doesn’t mix with water! Make sure you label like you would any other potion.

To Use:

This potion is to be rubbed into the forehead to help aid with concentration. A dime sized amount is all that is needed.

Thank you for sticking with me this year. It has been a joy to teach you all! Best of luck on your final!

Welcome to Fifth Year Potions! This year we will be discussing and exploring potions relating to Psychology and the mind. I look forward to seeing you in the dungeons! Enroll