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Worksheet: Potion poem

Actresses playing the three witches in Shakespeare's Macbeth

Read this passage from Shakespeare's play Macbeth. Three witches are creating a magic potion in a cauldron.

Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.
Fillet of a fenny snake,
In the caldron boil and bake;
Eye of newt, and toe of frog,
Wool of bat, and tongue of dog,
Adder's fork, and blind-worm's sting,
Lizard's leg, and owlet's wing,-
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.
Double, double toil and trouble;
Fire burn, and caldron bubble.


1. What are the ingredients of this potion?

2. What do you think the witches might do with the potion?

3. If you were to give the potion a Latin name what would it be?

4. Chose one of these Latin-based spells from the Harry Potter books:

  • Protego
  • Apparate
  • Flagrate

Or make up your own Latin-based spell.

5. What would you use the spell for? Remember to compare it with words which have similar beginnings and endings.

6. You are making a potion which puts this spell on someone. Make a list of the ingredients you would use.

7. Use these ingredients to make a potion poem, like the one above.

8. Write the Latin name of the spell above the poem, as a title.