Poison in the story of Harry Potter
Poison has been involved in many works of literature throughout history. In today’s modern world of writing, we can read all about a not so far fetched poisoning case in one of J.K Rowling’s last books of the popular series.
Ron Weasley becomes poisoned by love!
On Ron’s 17th birthday, he came across a box of chocolate cauldrons that were among his other gifts. Unbeknownst to him, Harry had thrown these cauldrons away because they had been spiked with love potion.
After eating the cauldrons, Ron fell in love with Romilda Vane. Harry noticed that Ron was suddenly acting strange, so he took him to Horace Slughorn. Horace gave Rone the antidote, but also gave him a glass of oak-matured mead to make him feel better. The mead had been poisoned by Madam Rosmerta and Ron fell ill.
Luckily Harry knew what to do and shoved a bezoar down Ron’s throat, ultimately saving his life!
The word Bezoar is actually derived from the Persian language, meaning : “An expeller of posions”. Bezoars are actually stones formed in the stomachs of goats but were highly sought after in ancient times.
- Source: Antidotes: Principles and Clinical Applications, By Robert Flanagan, Alison Jones, Robert L Maynard
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