Polyjuice Potion: Mischief Managed on Harry Potter’s Birthday

December 5, 2018

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 Mikka Wee

Mikka Wee is former editor of Pepper.ph and was part of the team until she got whisked away to Singapore in 2016 where she worked in advertising and eventually found herself back in the food industry. She currently does marketing work for two popular Singaporean dessert brands and is a weekly columnist for The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s lifestyle brand, Preen.ph. She has always been crazy about travel, food, and her dog Rocket.

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20 responses to “Polyjuice Potion: Mischief Managed on Harry Potter’s Birthday”

  1. Abbu Cabrera says:

    Bloody brilliant with the picture of the cat. HAHAHA!!! My Hogwarts letter never came. Maybe it got lost in the mail or something.

  2. Nico Goco says:

    you’re a wizard wee!

  3. Raxenne Dosher Maniquiz says:


  4. Adrian De Leon says:

    Kung totoo lang ang Polyjuice potion, celebrity DNA would be a highly profitable black market. Great job, mother pig and empress cockroach!

  5. Addi dela Cruz says:

    HAHAHAHAH! Myeee, gising!

  6. Joshua says:

    Whoa, I was just at Harry Potter World in Orlando on July 31! 😀 I must make this!!!

  7. […] of magic and wizards, we here at Pepper are big fans of the Harry Potter series. In both the books and the movies, the Leaky Cauldron stands as the […]

  8. […] as big a hit as the Butterbeer but still a fun scary drink. Modified recipe from Pepper, we took out the whole ginger and honey part but if you’d tried it that way we would love to […]

  9. Brienne Tarth says:

    Hi Mikka! I’m Louise Saludo an Adamson Communication student. I’m part of Powerhouse Productions. We are currently taking Radio and Television Productions under Mr. Stephen Patricio. This week, we were tasked to create a magazine show about food and your posts about Fictional food inspired us. We would like to feature you and your blog in one segment to talk about the development of the recipes. Please grant us an interview and a cooking demonstration. Please. You can contact me at karluisaludo@gmail.com Thank you! 🙂

  10. Bruh says:

    Tried the recipe. It was bad

  11. […] Polyjuice Potion. Fruity, gingery, and green—yum. I might make this with a little less Sprite, since I don’t really like carbonated things, but we’ll see. Maybe I’ll just let it get flat. […]

  12. […] WARNING: This potion is NOT one that you can drink. Use this as a demonstration of the properties of polyjuice only. To make drinkable potions for your kids to try after learning how it works, try these recipes here and here!  […]

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