The Super Carlin Brothers are some of my favorite YouTube Harry Potter theorists and for good reason, they’re really good at digging up Harry Potter information and formulating new ideas and theories about Harry Potter.
Case in point this theory about the potion Felix Felicis, more commonly known as Liquid Luck. This is a potion that when taken is said to imbue the user with impossibly good luck until the effects of the potion wear off and a bottle of it was given to Harry by Professor Slughorn for brewing a perfect potion in class. This bottle of Liquid Luck ends up being a significant plot point in the book as Harry uses it against Slughorn to extract information and pretends to give some to Ron to help Ron get over his Quidditch jitters.
That’s the backstory to the potion but in the video above they ponder that maybe, just maybe, liquid luck does nothing and it kind of makes sense. Let’s look at some evidence, first there’s Snape and his constant bad luck, yet he is one of the best potion makers in the wizarding world, why would he not change his luck with a batch of Felix Felicis? Certainly if Slughorn can produce the potion so can Snape, that is unless Snape actually knows it does nothing?
Second, and most damning in my opinion is that Harry fakes giving Ron some of the Liquid Luck and Ron, under the effects of the placebo, performs brilliantly during the Quidditch match.
Does all this evidence point to Felix Felicis being little more than a wizard placebo? This evidence seems overwhelmingly to point to yes but watch the video above and decide for yourself.
What do you think? Is Liquid Luck a real potion? Or nothing more than a placebo? Leave your thoughts on this issue in the comments below.