"All three of them stared into the cauldron. Close up, the potion looked like thick, dark mud, bubbling sluggishly. "I'm sure I've done everything right," said Hermione, nervously rereading the splotched page of Moste Potente Potions. "It looks like the book says it should... once we've drunk it, we'll have exactly an hour before we change back into ourselves." - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
According to J.K. Rowling, "The Polyjuice Potion, which is a complex and time-consuming concoction, is best left to highly skilled witches and wizards. It enables the consumer to assume the physical appearance of another person, as long as they have first procured part of that individual's body to add to the brew (this may be anything — toenail clippings, dandruff or worse — but it is most usual to use hair)."
In the Harry Potter books, Polyjuice Potion is used many times. First by Harry, Ron, and Hermione to gain information about the Chamber of Secrets, then by Barty Crouch Jr. to pose as Mad-Eye Moody in The Goblet of Fire, and in the Deathly Hallows twice; first by several of Harry’s close friends in order to transport him from Privet Drive safely and again by the trio to gain access to the Ministry of Magic to look for Slytherin’s locket Horcrux.
My version of Polyjuice Potion takes its form in a tasty smoothie, which includes a creamy base of thick Greek yogurt, whole milk, and banana as well as blueberries and spinach to give it a muddy potion-like appearance. Unlike the Polyjuice Potion in the books, which takes roughly a month to make, this Polyjuice Potion Smoothie takes 5-minutes or less to create and requires no hair or toenail clippings -- In fact, I strongly discourage adding those things!
Hermione ladles large dollops of the potion into each of the glasses. Then, her hand trembling, she shook Millicent Bulstrode's hair out of its bottle into the first glass. The potion hissed loudly like a boiling kettle and frothed madly. A second later, it had turned a sick sort of yellow. [...] Harry dropped Goyle's hair into the middle glass and Ron put Crabbe's into the last one. Both Glasses hissed and frothed: Goyle's turned the khaki color of a booger, Crabbe's a dark, murky brown. -- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
How to make a cold, thick, and creamy smoothie
There is no ice in this smoothie recipe, instead, I prefer to freeze all of the fruit and greens. I find that frozen fruit makes for a much colder, thicker smoothie than using raw fruit with ice, and I'd much rather find a stray chunk of frozen banana or blueberry in my smoothie than a chunk of ice! The added benefit of using frozen banana is that it takes on a similar texture to ice cream when blended, and when paired with a measure of thick Greek yogurt and whole milk, this smoothie is nicely creamy.
Harry dropped the hair into the mudlike liquid. The moment it made contact with its surface, the potion began to froth and smoke, then, all at once, it turned a clear bright gold. “Ooh, you look much tastier than Crabbe and Goyle, Harry,” said Hermione, before catching sight of Ron’s raised eyebrows, blushing slightly, and saying, “Oh, you know what I mean – Goyle’s potion looked like bogies.” -- Hermoine Granger, — The Battle of the Seven Potters in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
How to adjust the color of your Polyjuice Potion Smoothie
In the books, Polyjuice Potion varies in color depending on who's hair has been added to it. The muddy swamp green color of this Poyjuice Potion Smoothie comes from a blend of iron-rich spinach and antioxidant-rich blueberries. Don't worry about your smoothie tasting of spinach though; the mild flavor of spinach is easily covered by the sweetness from the blueberries and bananas. If you'd like to adjust your Polyjuice Potion Smoothie to be a more pleasant color, simply use less spinach. If you'd like yours to be murkier rather than light, swap the milk for water or add a spoonful of cocoa powder.
Hermoine plucked a few hairs from the witch's head and added them to a flask of muddy Polyjuice Potion she had taken from the beaded bag. [...] Hermoine drank the Polyjuice Potion, which was now a pleasant heliotrope color, and within seconds stood before them, the souble of Mafalda Hopkirk." -- Magic is Might in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
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My version of Polyjuice Potion takes form in a tasty smoothie, which includes a creamy base of thick Greek yogurt, whole milk, and banana as well as blueberries and spinach to give it a muddy potion-like appearance. Unlike the Polyjuice Potion in the books, which takes roughly a month to make, this Polyjuice Potion Smoothie takes 5-minutes or less to create and requires no hair or toenail clippings -- In fact, I strongly discourage adding those things!
- 106 g (about 1 small) frozen sliced banana
- 75 g (about ½ cup) frozen blueberries
- 25 g (about ¼ cup) frozen spinach
- 60 g (about ¼ cup) thick Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
- 120 g / 4 oz (about ½ cup) whole milk (can adjust to preference or may swap for water)
- Optional: a scoop of unflavored protein powder like Vital Proteins
- Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend until smooth, adjusting the amount of milk you use if you prefer a thinner smoothie.
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7/28/21 This recipe was updated and may no longer fit specified dietary preferences from previous versions of this post.
- Serving Size: 1 smoothie
- Calories: 268
- Sugar: 29 g
- Sodium: 99 mg
- Fat: 5 g
- Saturated Fat: 3 g
- Carbohydrates: 45 g
- Fiber: 7 g
- Protein: 12 g
- Cholesterol: 21 mg
Keywords: Polyjuice Potion, Smoothie, Greek yogurt, Bananas, Blueberries, Spinach