Confounding Concoction


Confuses the drinker


Effects vary

Brewing Time

Under two hours



Confounding Concoction was taught by Potion Mistress Kris Airlia sometime during the 2051 - 2052 school year in Potions Class. It was also later taught by Headmaster and Potions professor Reynard Bontecou in his OWLs Potion lesson during the 2067-2068 school year.

This particular brew is a mild variation of the Confounding Concoction but, should be effective for several hours if an antidote is not administered. It can be very difficult to discern whether one has ingested confounding concoction. Depending upon how strongly it is brewed and the person it is administered to, a person may only show a tendency to forget things and the effects will wear off in a few hours. Or, with a stronger version, a person can become completely confused and disoriented and could possibly suffer from amnesia. There are no discerning smells or tastes so this potion can be easily disguised and given to the unwary. One side effect of this potion is an increased thirst. People under the effects of the confounding concoction can be very unpredictable.


There aren’t many, if any, good uses for this potion, though it is not illegal. It could be used on prisoners or enemies but, as it has unpredictable effects, it is not recommended for such purposes. The confusing concoction is usually studied merely for honing brewing technique or to ensure proper brewing of the antidote. Possible uses include to confuse a person into believing what you want them to believe.


  • Water (500mL)
  • Jobberknoll feathers (2 barbs)
  • Leeches (juiced; 1-2)


  • Bring water to a boil
  • Separate the barbs from the shafts of 2 jobberknoll feathers
  • Place barbs in boiling water and stir 12 times clockwise and 7 times counter-clockwise
  • Boil for 30 minutes
  • Add leech juice by squeezing one leech into the cauldron and stir in an unpredictable fashion
  • Keep stirring until potion should thickens (within 5 minutes)
  • If potion does not thicken after 10 minutes of stirring, add another leech and continue to stir unpredictably until thickened
  • If potion has still not thickened after an additional 10 minutes, start another brew


OWLs Potions Lesson 2, Term 21

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