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Love Potion Core

Posted February 14th, 2017

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This love potion core was inspired by the unicorn blood core we made a few weeks ago. The liquid inside the vial is pink and free flowing, so the glitter inside it moves as you shake the core. The potion also has two tiny pink hearts inside it which move around. As well as fitting in with Valentine’s Day, this core is a nod to one of my favourite moments in the Harry Potter books: the time when Ron takes Romilda Vane’s love potion by accident.

The love potion has interesting historical origins. The Ancient Greeks considered wine to be one of the most powerful love potions, although also one of the most dangerous. The Greeks had two types of love magic Agoge and Philia. Agoge was used by those who were socially superior to lure inferiors away from their families and Philia was used by social inferiors to gain or maintain the interest of those above them. Unfortunately these spells were very gender based, with men being seen as the social superiors and women the inferiors. The one upside of this for women was that many socially upstanding men lived in fear of being slipped a love potion and seduced.

The Babylonians favoured honey as a love potion. Interestingly the word honeymoon comes from the Babylonian tradition whereby brides and grooms would drink mead (honey wine) for a lunar month after their wedding.

While there is, therefore, no evidence that love potions have ever been pink, I think it makes for a particularly pretty core.

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