Here is the latest batch of ingredients that I’ve restocked and updated for my magic potions class—perhaps the all-time favourite workshop that I teach as part of my creative writing curriculum.
I decided to group all of these ones together into one past as they involve parts of various creatures. I said that no magical creatures were harmed in my post about phoenix ashes and winged horse clippings, but I’m not so sure about these ones. Sure, you can sneak behind a Gnome and pick up his leavings without causing him any harm—but I’m not sure how you get the juice out of a Pixie without giving it a good squeeze, or extract the bones from a Goblin without leaving it rather floppy.
When it comes to plucking the snot from a Troll or collecting the tears from a dragon . . . well, there isn’t so much a danger to them as there is to YOU. (Which is all to say, please do not try gathering these ingredients without wizardly supervision).
Here’s some of the close-up photos . . .
Troll snot; it’s bubbly (though, surprisingly, doesn’t smell that bad).
Well, only a few more ingredients to show! Soon, I can have my kitchen table back. (Though I’m not sure we’ll ever eat there again—after all, would you after it has been smeared with Orc boogers?)