Magical Plants We Wish Were Real

There’s the menacing mandrakes, the wicked Whomping Willow, the vile Venomous Tentacula, and the dastardly Devil’s Snare. The Harry Potter books contain no small number of dangerous plants. Fortunately for Muggles, these magical plants don’t exist in our world. However, it’s easy to forget about the magical plants that are helpful and useful. Some of them we wish were real!







This powerful plant was first mentioned in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Harry needed something that would help him breathe underwater. Although it looks disgusting to eat, the plant is incredibly useful! Those who eat Gillyweed can then breathe underwater. When Harry ate the plant, he grew gills and was able to swim and breathe in the Great Lake at Hogwarts. Aside from using this plant to be able to swim, imagine all the adventures that could be possible with it! If you do manage to snag some Gillyweed, watch out for grindylows!





First mentioned in One Thousand Magical Herbs and Fungi, the moly plant is used to defend oneself against Dark enchantments. The plant essentially erases the effects of an enchantment. If you play the game Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, look out for these plants too! Due to its important properties, the moly plant is also used as a potion ingredient. Although the chances of Muggles needing this plant are pretty slim, it would still be useful to have around the house just in case a Dark wizard showed up.


Niffler’s Fancy



Niffler’s Fancy is a mysterious plant that first appeared in the 2013 Harry Potter PlayStation game Wonderbook: Book of Potions. Its use in potions has yet to be discovered, but the plant is used in a unique way nevertheless. In the wizarding world, the shiny leaves of the plant are used in place of money such as Galleons. If you’re wondering about the strange plant’s name, this comes from the connection to the sparkling leaves. Nifflers are famous for collecting shiny objects, and this plant looks just like something the creatures would steal. While there’s little use of this plant now, wouldn’t it be fun to discover what magic it contains?





This mighty plant was first introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Although Puffapods can be difficult to wrangle, there are some pros to having one. If you handle Puffapods incorrectly, they will explode and their pods will burst with seeds and grow everywhere! While this would frighten a reluctant Herbologist, there’s no need to fear! If you’re looking to build a garden but don’t want to do all the work, Puffapods can help with that. The plants grow quickly and in great numbers due to their magic. One little explosion and you’d have a new garden! Also, if you ever needed to summon an army of plants, Puffapods would be perfect!





Our last plant is also known as the Abyssinian Shrivelfig, which first appeared in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. This plant is studied in both Herbology and Potions classes at Hogwarts. Without the Shrivelfig plant, the Shrinking Solution potion might not be possible, which is a fundamental potion for wizards to master. This plant is a staple ingredient for any wizard to have. While the Shrivelfig isn’t fancy or rare, it is one of the most important and beneficial plants in the wizarding world. Although the plant hails from Abyssinia, it can easily be purchased in Diagon Alley. Imagine all the potions that you could make with this plant!




What magical plants do you wish were real? Share your thoughts with us in the comments!

Monet Polny

"Harry Potter" has been my ultimate inspiration as a writer. Everything from the characters to the plot dynamics has impacted my writing style and aided me in making the decision to major in creative writing. I wanted to become Newt Scamander's protegee and work with magical creatures, but becoming a writer is the next best career choice.