“The potion within was splashing about merrily; it was the color of molten gold, and large drops were leaping like goldfish above the surface, though not a particle had spilled.” – Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince
Felix Felicis is a very curious and interesting potion. Drinking it grants the drinker incredible amounts of good luck, although how long this effect lasts depends on the amount imbibed. You also have to be careful since drinking too much leads to over zealousness or giddiness and can be dangerous. It’s the magical world’s equivalent to performance enhancing drugs as use of the potion in sporting events, competitions, or during tests is forbidden.
We first see Felix Felicis (also called Liquid Luck) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince when Harry attends his first Advance Potions class given by Slughorn. It’s one of many potions Slughorn has prepared for the class to name, which is really no challenge when Hermione is in the classroom. Slughorn offers a small sample (about twelve hours worth) of the potion as a prize to the student who creates the best version of Draught of Living Death, which Harry wins thanks to the Half-Blood Prince’s copy of Advance Potion Making, much to Hermione’s chagrin.
The potion becomes an important part of the plot for the rest of the book. Harry feigns putting some in Ron’s drink right before a Quidditch match to help him overcome his jitters at being the new keeper. He drinks some of the potion to help him get Slughorn’s memories about Horcruxes, leading to a series of improbable luck and coincidences. He divides the rest of the potion among his friends in order to help protect them when the Death Eaters enter Hogwarts.
I thought that it was wonderful that the magical world has this very difficult to obtain potion that steers you to have good luck. It seems like the kind of thing we’d all want to try out at least once. I think if I had a small bottle of it I’d try to go out and do something dangerous like rock climbing, stunt driving, or salsa dancing (you’d understand if you ever saw me dance).
What would you do if you had a little bit of Felix Felicis for luck (remember no sports, contests, or tests)? I also thought it was very much like Harry to share the rest of his potion with his friends to help protect them before the Death Eaters came to the castle. Would you share your potion with friends or would you keep it to yourself? Lastly, if you were Harry, would you have kept a little bit of the potion for yourself as well just in case? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts and ideas, and feel free to talk about what you thought of The Half-Blood Prince.
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