Polyjuice Potion: Mischief Managed on Harry Potter’s Birthday

By Mikka Wee/July 31, 2013


July 31 is a special day for Potterheads around the world. It’s the birthday of the Boy Who Lived.

Last year, we conjured up some Butterbeer using the cauldrons in our kitchen. This year, we’ve thought of something more mischievous to play around with: Polyjuice Potion. And don’t worry, our version doesn’t taste like overcooked cabbage.

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Mad-Eye Moody gives fair warning that this potion tastes like goblin’s piss. Luckily, goblins do not exist in the muggle world and we’re (fortunately) denied the opportunity to sample such exotic fare for comparison. Instead, we settled for some orange juice, ginger tea, Sprite, and vodka (the last part is what provides the magic bit for our brew).

The hodgepodge of spells I cast while making this drink only served to make it better, I’m sure of it. I know I’m a wizard deep down inside, I just missed the train to Hogwarts because I didn’t want to try running through a wall at the MRT station (and I didn’t want to go picking up random bits of trash in the hopes that I find a Portkey).

An iconic potion in the Harry Potter series, the Polyjuice Potion first appears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Hermione concocts a batch for herself, Ron, and Harry, to copy the features of Millicent, Crabbe, and Goyle. According to the recipe from Moste Potente Potions, a crucial ingredient to the mix is the hair of the person you want to transform into.

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Mylene was excited to try the Polyjuice Potion without knowing its effects. Since she has never read any of the Harry Potter books, little did she know how dangerous it was to have cats lounging around in the studio during the brewing process. What happens to Mylene next? Well, see for yourself.

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It is said that Polyjuice Potion cannot be used to let humans take an animal form and vice-versa, but we all know how unpredictable and volatile magic can be.

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Happy Birthday, Harry!

Mylene has fully recovered from this sorcerous mishap, and is back to working as Wrong Ramen’s Pet Cockroach. She now believes I am a true wizard. 

Polyjuice Potion

Total Time: 15 minutes / Yield: 2-3 servings

Ingredients for the Polyjuice Potion

  • 1 cup orange juice (without pulp)
  • 3 tbsp sweetened ginger tea concentrate (recipe below)
  • 2 halfed peach slices (canned)
  • ½ cup Sprite
  • 1 drop blue food coloring
  • 4 tbsp vodka(optional)

Ingredients for the Sweetened Ginger Tea Concentrate

  • 2 ginger tea bags
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 2  tbsp honey


  1. Steep bags of ginger tea in hot water for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix in honey.
  3. Place the orange juice, peaches, and sweetened ginger tea concentrate in a blender.
  4. Blend until peaches have been crushed and mixed into the juice.
  5. Add vodka, Sprite, and blue food coloring.
  6. Adjust the food coloring until you get the perfect shade of green that you want.
  7. Serve chilled and enjoy!


  1. No hair was (intentionally) used in this recipe.

Mikka Wee

Managing Editor

Mikka Wee’s goal is to travel the world with a backpack stuffed with her books and not much of an itinerary. With an appetite thrice the size of her 5-foot frame, waffles are the one thing that makes her weak in the knees. She also likes to torture herself with sci-fi movie marathons until her brain turns into goop. Her list of not-so-secret culinary crushes includes David Chang, Ivan Orkin, Rene Redzepi, and Anthony Bourdain. Alexander Supertramp is her hero. See More.

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