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George’s Marvelous Medicine
by Roald Dahl
If your favorite Hogwarts subject would be Potions, I have already pointed out that you should read The Ogre Downstairs by Diana Wynne Jones. But even before that book, there was this treasure for young readers and the young at heart, by Norwegian-bred, British author Roald Dahl. I feel obliged to say, first of all, that any book by Roald Dahl is bound to be a wonderful, fun, magical experience, and I recommend every single one.
This one is a cute story about a little boy who is left at home by his parents one day and told to give his witchy grandmother her medicine at precisely eleven o’clock. But she is such a frightful old hag that he decides to give her some real medicine…and concocts a magical potion out of all kinds of household items from the bathroom, kitchen, his mother’s dressing table, the garage, storeroom, etc. (DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!)
The effects of his experiment, and of subsequent experiments that his father enthusiastically enters into, are very amusing. It’s basically a fun little brush with magic, and the recipe is priceless.