There are complicated recipes, and it's easy to mess up or forget something, which is why Sophie performed so badly at it in her first year at Foxfire. Once, she thought WHAP (wash hands and present) was whip, and she stirred the mixture vigorously, causing a huge disaster known as The Great Cape Destruction. This disaster caused her to burn Lady Galvin's cape, to hurt her hand, and to meet Keefe (who was sitting at his "ditching spot") as she was going to see Elwin. She has also spilled Gashrooms, causing the room to reek like rotting fungus. Dex is revealed to be very good at alchemy, quite the opposite of Sophie. Luckily, Sophie no longer needs to take this class because of her extra ability classes.
The Alchemy Room Edit
The wide, round alchemy room smells like burning hair. The walls are lined with curved shelves, half of which are filled with tiny pots of ingredients, and the other half of which are filled with gilded items. The center of the room holds two lab tables.
Official Description by Shannon Messenger Edit
Learn the power of transmutation and purification through hands-on training in special laboratories. Essential skills include: elixir-making, poultice crafting, and the careful conversion of all manner of metals into gold.