A dash of Faerie Dust, a sprinkle of Heart’s Desire, and a Snarf Egg for good measure

Today, I rolled up my sleeves and undertook a magic potions class with my junior crew at the Summer at St George’s Book Publisher camp. This activity is a fantastic way to talk about the five senses and to encourage interesting description in a story.

The young magic-makers have to pick from a wide selection of ingredients and then mix them together, recording their observations all the while. I have a variety of exotic ingredients to choose from, including Blood of Basalisk, Faerie Dust, Pixie Juice, Egg of Snarf, Gnome Poop, Goblin Eyes, Dragon Tears, Heart’s Desire, Mummy Dust, and Troll Snot . . . just to name a few!


Below are some of our potions in “action.”

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This particular potion involved a healthy dose of Pixie Juice and A LOT of Faerie Dust.


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I’m not sure what exactly happened with this potion, but a sprinkling of Envy’s Curse tends to make a brew do peculiar things.


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This potion, of course, is a love potion. It feature some grains from the Heart’s Desire bottle.


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This potion is so thick that the stir-stick (the feather from a winged horse) is standing straight up in it. Unfortunately, someone spilled all the Blood of Baskalisk . . . so that’s the dark river you see winding its way across the table cloth in the background.


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I believe that’s a Snarf Egg sinking to the bottom of this inky potion.


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It’s not cream soda . . . this potion is mostly Mummy Dust and Blood of Baskalisk.


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I’m not sure how this student managed to get neon blue . . . but it’s a very pretty potion.


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That’s a Goblin Eye floating to the top of this lime green concoction.


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This potion seems murky and mysterious . . . but it is actually for healing.


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Well . . . there are always one or two explosions in the magic potions workshop.


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This is a Goblin Eye stuck to the ceiling of our classroom. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure how it ended up there. What I do know is that it is very high up and it isn’t coming down anytime soon. Someone’s in for surprise when the regular classes start again in September.


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Here are some of the final potions all lined up on the staging table. The next step is to distill them into miniature bottles. I’ll post those photos later!



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