Over the course of the weekend I found myself brewing in my father’s silver cauldrons where as I used to brew in the pewter ones when I was younger. I found out some interesting things and recently came to understand more about the properties in silver. I had a thought to do a simple potion just to record some notes for my research. I began to brew two separate potions, both the Antidote to Common Poisons to make it easy. My hypothesis was this- Will brewing in a silver or pewter cauldron make one potion stronger than the other? So there were my variables, brewing one antidote in a silver cauldron, and the other in pewter.
Now a few things are already known about silver and pewter as it stands. Pewter is stronger than silver, but combined together could make a cauldron last longer. Pewter has hardly one or two metaphysical properties compared to silver which is, of course, abundant in them. I continued my research on silver to find out exactly what the magical properties in Silver were. Silver enhances the connection between the user and the metal, and over time the stone will absorb and reflect the same energy of the stones that are set in it (If you have stones set in your cauldron). It can assist in increasing perception and regulate emotion and intuitive energies and form a very strong connection to the physical and astral bodies (Magical core). Silver is also known to enhance the power of the moon. The malleability of silver is conducive to causing energies to bend and to even become circular, enabling vital centers to be opened, stimulated, cleared and activated. Silver can also help to cleanse the body and eliminate toxins at the cellular level. Now pewter simply is, more or less, a focusing metal and will prevent the mind from being diverted. As you can see, quite a big difference in the two metals. With this being known I find that I would want to most certainly stick to using a silver cauldron.
So I continued from there making the potion. Once I was finished with the first two batches I labeled the bottles ACP Batch 1 SC #1-10, then the other ACP Batch 1 PC #1-10. To break it down for those that do not understand my labeling process, I assure you it is simple and straight forward. Antidote of Common Poisons first batch, Silver Cauldron, and bottle one through ten. Same with the other bottle which if you haven’t realized by now, PC stands for pewter cauldron. After sorting out my work bench I took two approaches at finding out if one was stronger than the other. First was the more muggle and scientific approach which I happened to enjoy, and included a scientific microscope with slides, then the other option being two rats which I found more ‘hands on’ if you will.
With the microscope slides labeled B1 SC and B1 PC, I took adder venom which, mind you, is not common to come across but was easy enough to obtain. A small note on adder venom before I continue. Adder venom is rarely fatal however can kill common house pets and should be taken seriously if bitten.
Now taking a slide of venom and then a dropper from the first batch from the pewter cauldron I dripped a small tear and watched the effects take place. The Antidote took over the venom on the slide in 6.73 seconds.
After doing the math I found that it was roughly the same amount of time that the poison would take effect on a small house pet, just 10 under minutes. I have a feeling, that if I had tested it on a human,(which I can safely say that I did not) the adder venom takes roughly 20 minutes before the effects kick in, and 90 before you are rushed to a hospital. The Antidote from ACP Batch 1 PC would have taken effect around approximately the same time in which the poison effects would have began to take place. I.E a full grown adult(25-30 years of age) bitten by an adder would feel the effects within the 20 minutes and the antidote would have taken by 17 to 22. If a small house pet were bitten the venom would take effect around 10 to 15 minutes and the antidote would work in 9 to 12.
However this is too late for an antidote, if the venom released by a Kingsnake which is very lethal and potent we would want the antidote to work almost immediately after the bite, if possible.
Mind you this half of the experiment was just the batch from the pewter cauldron and the first test was only produced on slides. After proceeding with this information and writing it down, I continued onto the rats.
When I mentioned earlier about the venom having effect on a small house pet, it was more or less aimed to a small dog or cat. Since I have here two rats, the effects will only be slightly different.
After injecting the rats with the adder venom I gave them the antidote immediately after and waited for results. My math was thankfully correct and the antidote from ACP Batch 1 PC began working three to five minutes after being administered where as the venom would have started kicking at five to seven minutes.
So I continued onto the next batch, distributing the venom onto another slide then dripping a single tear of ACP Batch 1 SC and waited for my results. Waiting did not take very long. A staggering 3.48 seconds of the antidote taking over the venom on the slide and curing it. I was awestruck at the process under the microscope. I just had to continue with the rat. Injecting the venom and then distributing the antidote left me nervous as I waited. Adder venom injected into a human or animal that of course has to wait for the venom to find its way through the blood stream is very different from allowing the antidote to effect it on a single slide.
Though after three minutes the antidote intercepted the venom and cured the rat entirely. I was astounded. The venom would have effected the rat in five or seven minutes just like the other, but because of the properties in the silver cauldron it effected it much sooner.
Now I would call this research a success. However I don’t find it entirely true even with the evidence I set forth. I believe brewing potions not only has to deal with the quality of your equipment and ingredients, but also the power and skill of the brewer themselves. As you may have already guessed there are many variables if this information is taken into effect. Some variables may include quality of ingredients and/or equipment, skill of the brewer, (I.E Potions Master) or even your mental state of health and what you are wearing.
Sounds obscene doesn’t it? Hear me out before you call this complete rubbish.
If silver cauldrons have the properties to enhance the connection between the user and the metal or stone, then what if we began setting stones into our cauldrons or wearing silver around our wand dominate wrist. Not to mention this doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of using our wands while brewing, it becomes an entirely new matter. I will probably continue with my research and the theory of spell and potion relativity on a later date.
-Auror Mei Hartmann