Everyone knows kids look at the world through the magical lens of youth, but some of them document what they see.
As a kid I was a poshen maker, too, so I was able to withstand the adorableness unharmed when a friend of mine posted pictures of her 6yo daughter’s book of potions…ehem “Poshens”. I delighted in the ingredients, the markings and abbreviations, and especially the helpful accompanying illustrations.
When I ask asked if I could share them here, she gave me the green light. Not like the Avada Kedavra killing curse kind of green light, but the non-lethal heck yeah kind. As an aside, I told her she needed to patent her daughter. Papers are pending.
So! Let’s take a peak at the world of enchantments, mystical spelling and dead bugs through the written record of a little girl.
put the mashed bananna therd ants in
in sicksth thered in aeth
EDITOR’S TRANSLATION OF POTION #1:
1) Add dirt
2) Add salt
3) Add mashed banana
4) Add flies
5) Add ants
6) Add T.B.O. paper [tiny bits of]
7) Add milk
8) Add thread
The 2, 7, 3, 5, 4, 1, 6, 8 sequence of steps for this advanced potion is most likely a magical trick of numbers, to prevent amateur potion brewers from potentially blowing themselves up or turning Princes into tacky lawn ornaments. Or it’s simply that people who can fly around in the sky on broomsticks aren’t overly concerned with boring things like counting, maybe.
hamster hay secent dead annts forth
EDITORS TRANSLATION OF POTION #2:
1) Add milk
2) Add hamster hay
3) Add smooth butter
4) Add dead ants
5) Add dead flies
WARNING: Do not try this at home. Or make it and try to feed it to anyone or anything living in your home or outside of it. The effects of this potion are hopefully still unknown, but judging from the yummy/yucky ratio of ingredients in the recipe, it’s probably very magically powerful, or it will make you puke. One or the other. Magic works that way sometimes.
Well. Even if you grew up and decided that magic isn’t really real, I hope you tried not to lose your sense of wonder and whimsy. Or, failing that, that at least your own kids give you a refresher. Though, that doesn’t mean you should EVER drink a potion offered to you by a kid. Not even a single friggin’ sip. Trust me. Even if that stuff was actually magic, it’ll still be naaaaaasssty.
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Sure. Why not?