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Potions of Yore Preserved in Small US Museum

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The wizards in the world of Harry Potter made regular use of dragon's blood, mandrake root and devil's snare for potions and spells. In the real world, healers and midwives also used creepy-named plants for medicinal purposes, and they didn't need to visit Hogwarts to get them. They could be purchased at an ordinary apothecary (a pharmacy or drugstore). Today, one of the best preserved apothecaries in the United States has been turned into a museum in historic Alexandria,...

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