Hogwarts for Muggles: Professor Sprout’s Herbology



This Harry Potter based course uses the lore of the fantastic series to teach learners about plant parts, botany, and more! We will complete research projects in-class and even plant our own Mandrakes!



Meets for 40 minutes once per week for 12 weeks. 

Herbology is a mandatory class at Hogwarts for the first five years of a student’s education. Students spend class time learning about the different varieties of magical plants that exist. The further into a student’s education the class goes, the more difficult and dangerous the plants become. During this class, we will study some of the magical plants in the Harry Potter series, as well as learn about real plants. I’ll use the series to help encourage learners to study plants, their parts and functions, and more listed below. A combination of written/oral information, videos, and slideshows will be used to convey necessary information. This is NOT a lecture and IS discussion based–active learning is the best learning!

I’m a hardcore HP fan. As much as I love the Wizarding world, I LOVE using what already interests kids to teach them what they need to know even more! I came up with the original ideas for this series of classes many years ago, so I have an incredible amount of experience teaching them both in-person and online. Come learn all about the ways we can use Harry Potter and the Wizarding World to teach young people from the originator of the Muggle version of Hogwarts!

Anticipated Course Outline

Class 1: Life cycle of a plant and plant parts
Class 2: Diversity and Adaptations of Organisms; Plant Medicines
Class 3: In-class research project: plant medicines from Harry Potter and comparison to plant medicines we have today
Class 4: Seeds, Fruits, and Their Dispersers; Flower Dissection Lab
Class 5: Endangered Plants and Plant Conservation
Class 6: Discussion of Zoophytes
Class 7: Introduction of Harry Potter magical plants; Wizard’s First Aid Kit
Class 8: Magical Plants Part 2: Wand Woods; drawing your wand
Class 9: What would it be like to be an herbalist–magical, or otherwise?
Class 10: Creating a magical plant; learners will be given an outline to use to make up a magical plant during class. Drawing is encouraged, but not required.
Class 11: Planting Mandrakes
Class 12: Comprehensive Review and preparation for O.W.L. exam to be taken during class, time permitting.

Parent Information

Handouts for each class will be provided. Students will need pencil and paper.

Class 4 will require a flower for dissection (any flower will do.)

Class 11 will require a list of materials (such as pantyhose, potting soil, a cup, seeds). That list will be provided before the class.