Magical creatures are a colourful aspect of the fictional wizarding world contained in the Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling. Throughout the seven books of the series, Harry and his friends come across many of these creatures on their adventures, as well as in the Care of Magical Creatures class at Hogwarts. Rowling has also written Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a guide to the magical beasts found in the series
Many pets in the series are ordinary animals with magical properties. Owls, for example, deliver mail.
List of magical creatures
- Blast-Ended Skrewt – The Blast-Ended Skrewt is the result of a union between a Manticore and a Fire Crab. Skrewts make their debut in Goblet of Fire, as one of the creatures that Hagrid teaches the students about as Professor of Care of Magical Creatures.
- Bowtruckle – An insect-eating, tree-dwelling wooden creature that is hard to spot. Rowling has written on Pottermore that they are “selective creatures who only inhabit worthy trees.
- Chimaera – A creature with the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a dragon.
- Demiguise-A rather docile orangutan-like creature that can turn invisible; the creature’s sight is based on precognition.
- Doxy – A small fairy-like creature that is also known as the Biting Fairy.
- Dragon – Dragons are winged fire-breathing reptiles.
- Antipodean Opaleye – native to the valleys of New Zealand.
- Chinese Fireball – native to China. It is also known as the Lion Dragon.
- Common Welsh Green – native to Wales.
- Hebridean Black – native to the Hebrides Islands of Scotland.
- Hungarian Horntail – native to Hungary. It is considered the most dangerous of the dragons.
- Norwegian Ridgeback – native to the northern mountains of Norway. Norberta is a Norwegian Ridgeback.
- Peruvian Vipertooth – native to the eastern and northeastern parts of Peru. It is considered the smallest and fastest of the dragons. It is the only venomous dragon.
- Romanian Longhorn – native to the mountains of Romania.
- Swedish Short-Snout – native to the northern mountains of Sweden.
- Ukrainian Ironbelly – native to Ukraine, and the largest species of dragon ever recorded.
- Fairy – A small human-like creature with insect wings.
- Flesh-Eating Slug – A garden slug-like creature with corrosive spittle.
- Flobberworm – A 10-inch toothless brown worm.
- Ghoul – A creature that resembles a slimy buck-toothed ogre.
- Chameleon Ghoul – A ghoul that can disguise itself as an everyday object to evade detection.
- Giant Squid – A huge creature that lives in the Black Lake near Hogwarts.
- Gnome – Gnomes are known to infest the gardens of wizarding households and are found in Europe and North America.
- Golden Snidget – A small golden bird that was used in the earlier versions of Quidditch as the Snitch.
- Graphorn– A creature built like a sabre-toothed tiger with slimy tentacles in its mouth.
- Griffin – A creature that is part-eagle, part-lion.
- Grindylow – A small horned water demon with grasping fingers. The films give them octopus tentacles for legs, though they are not described as such in the novels.
- Hinkypunk – a diminutive, one-legged creature with the appearance of wispy blue, grey or white smoke.
- Hippogriff – A creature that is part-eagle, part-horse. Buckbeak is a notable hippogriff in the series, owned by (at different points) Hagrid, Sirius Black, and Harry Potter.
- Imp – Imps are found in Britain and Ireland where they are the same height as pixies.
- Kneazle – A cat-like creature with a lion-like tail.
- Moke – A lizard with silver-green skin that is native to the British Isles. The Mokes can shrink at will which is why Muggles can’t see them.
- Niffler – A small, mole-like creature with a long, Platypus-esque snout that is obsessed with hording shiny objects. An errant Niffler plays a major role in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
- Occamy – A plumed, two-legged, winged creature with a serpentine body, resembling a cross between a dragon and a bird. Hatched from eggs, the shells of which are made of the purest silver and worth a fortune. Native to the Far East and India. It is choranaptyxic, meaning it will grow or shrink to fit available space. An escaped Occamy plays a role in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
- Phoenix – Dumbledore’s pet Fawkes is the most prominent phoenix seen in the Harry Potter franchise. Phoenix tears have healing powers.
- Puffskein – A sphere-shaped custard coloured creature covered in soft fur.
- Pygmy Puff – A round fluffy pink or purple creature sold at Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes.
- Sphinx – An Egyptian creature that has the head of a human and the body of a lion. The Sphinxes are capable of human speech and are good at giving riddles, puzzles, and enigmas. Seen during the third task of the Tri-wizard Tournament.
- Thunderbird A creature mainly found in Arizona with the power to cause thunder storms. A Thunderbird named Frank plays a major role in the climax of the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016).
- Troll – A 12 ft. creature with prodigious strength and immense stupidity.
- Unicorn: A horse-like creature with a horn protruding out of its forehead. It is said in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone that if one drinks a unicorn’s blood, it will give that person long-lasting life. However, it also eternally curses that person.
- Winged Horse: A horse with wings.
- Abraxan – A giant palominos breed. Drinks only single-malt whiskey.
- Aethonan – A chestnut breed that is popular in Britain and Ireland.
- Granian – A gray breed that is particularly fast.
- Thestral – A black skeletal breed that are only visible to those that have witnessed death.
- Poltergeist -a Poltergeist (German for “noisy ghost” or “noisy spirit”) is a type of ghost or other supernatural entity which is responsible for physical disturbances, such as loud noises and objects being moved or destroyed. They are purportedly capable of pinching, biting, hitting, and tripping people. Most accounts of poltergeists describe the movement or levitation of objects such as furniture and cutlery, or noises such as knocking on doors.
- a ghost (sometimes known a san apparition, haunt, phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter or spectre, spirit, spook, and wraith) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear to the living. Descriptions of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance.
- Banshee – A female spirit who heralds the death of a family member, usually by shrieking or keening
- Bicorn – A cow-like creature that sheds its horns annually. At least one of its horns is used as one of the ingredients for the Polyjuice Potion.
- Cockatrice – A creature that resembles a rooster with a lizard tail.
- Dwarf – A short stocky humanoid creature.
- Three-Headed Dog – Fluffy is a giant three-headed dog who is used as one of the guardians for the Philosopher’s Stone.
- Veela – semi-humans, greatly attractive
- Wood Nymphs
Ghosts play an important secondary role, mainly as advisors to the leading characters. Unlike the ghosts in a traditional ghost story, these ghosts are neither frightening nor necessarily ghoulish. Ghosts in the novels appear silvery and translucent.
Ghosts are very sensitive about their condition: when the Ministry initially classified them as sentient creatures with full legal rights,they claimed that the term was insensitive and received a separate “Spirit Division”apparently to control the activities and haunting locations of troublesome ghosts (as when Myrtle was forced to haunt the place of her death (Hogwarts) after she had disrupted the wedding of the brother of Olive Hornby, a girl who had teased her at school).
Named Ghost characters:
- Nearly Headless Nick – The Gryffindor house ghost who is nearly headless because he still has his head. Many students who have lost parents have talked to him about death and the possibility of their loved ones existing as ghosts. After Sirius’s death, he tells Harry that he lacked the courage to continue on to the next life beyond the veil.
- The Bloody Baron – The Slytherin house ghost. He murdered Helena Ravenclaw, who became The Grey Lady. He wears chains as reminder of his crime. He is the only character at Hogwarts who can “control” Peeves.
- The Grey Lady – The Ravenclaw house ghost. She is the daughter of Hogwarts founder Rowena Ravenclaw. After stealing her mother’s diadem, she was killed by The Bloody Baron. Voldemort found the diadem where Helena left it, and turned the diadem into a Horcrux. Helena Ravenclaw gave Harry information that helped him find the diadem during the Battle of Hogwarts. In the films, she is friends with Luna Lovegood.
- The Fat Friar – The Hufflepuff house ghost. He’s unusually cheerful for a ghost, and always helpful and kind towards students, even those who are not in his House. He’s also very tolerant with Peeves’ mischiefs. According to Pottermore, he was executed by his own monastic order after showing suspicious signs of magic.
- Professor Binns – The History of Magic professor at Hogwarts. He died in his sleep one day and his ghost simply got up to teach the next day as if nothing had happened. His routine has not varied the slightest since.
- Moaning Myrtle – The ghost of a Ravenclaw-girl, killed by a Basilisk, that inhabits the first floor girls bathroom at Hogwarts.
- Sir Patrick Delaney-Podmore – The leader of the Headless Hunt, a club for decapitated ghosts.
Peeves, the Hogwarts poltergeist, is not considered a ghost, but an “indestructible spirit of chaos” .
Goblins are magical creatures chiefly involved with metal work and the running of Gringotts bank. They are represented by the Goblin Liaison Office in the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures. Goblins are anthropoid, described as having long, thin fingers and feet, black eyes, and domed heads much larger than human heads in proportion to the body.Goblins eat a diet of largely raw meat, roots, and fungi and converse in a language known as Gobbledegook.They consider the true owner of an object to be its maker rather than its purchaser, and resent the passage of goblin-made heirlooms through Wizarding families without further payment. Wizarding Law prohibits the ownership of wands by goblins; but goblins are capable of a different magic of their own.
Relations between goblins and wizards have been strained for centuries by misunderstandings on both sides, sometimes evoking violence. Along with house-elves, goblins seem to occupy positions as second-class citizens in the Wizarding world. The goblins remain a neutral force during the Second Wizarding War, siding with neither Voldemort nor the opposition to him.
Named goblin characters:
- Griphook – An employee at Gringotts Bank; helps Harry, Ron, and Hermione steal Helga Hufflepuff’s Cup
- Gornuk – Goes into hiding with Griphook; later murdered by Death Eaters
- Bogrod – An associate of Griphook and fellow employee at Gringotts
- Ragnok – An influential goblin who is reluctant to put his support behind Dumbledore
- Ragnuk the First – The creator of the sword of Godric Gryffindor
Crookshanks is Hermione Granger’s pet cat. Crookshanks was purchased by Hermione in a shop called Magical Menagerie in the third Harry Potter book; Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban. Crookshanks resembles a Persian Cat, and Rowling has described him as half Kneazle, an intelligent cat-like creature sensitive to dishonesty, explaining his identification of the rat ‘Scabbers’ as Peter Pettigrew, and of Sirius Black in his dog form. Crookshanks was portrayed by a cat called Crackerjack.
Dobby is a house-elf once owned by the Malfoy family, who first appears in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets to discourage Harry from returning to Hogwarts.
Dobby later tries to keep Harry away from Hogwarts by magically sealing off the hidden entrance to Platform 9¾, only to be foiled when the protagonists pilot Arthur’s flying Ford Anglia to school. During a Quidditch match, Dobby enchants a Bludger to chase Harry, hoping to cause him enough injury to be sent home; but the Bludger only manages to break Harry’s arm. Dobby discloses that when an enslaved house-elf is presented with an article of clothing by his or her master, that house-elf is subsequently set free; and when Harry (after returning from the Chamber of Secrets) discovers that Dobby’s master is Lucius Malfoy, he tricks Malfoy into setting Dobby free, a feat that secures him the house-elf’s undying loyalty.
Fawkes is Albus Dumbledore’s pet phoenix, a mythological bird which cyclically bursts into flame upon its death and is then reborn from the ashes. Phoenix tail feathers are suitable for inclusion in some wands (both Harry and Voldemort’s wands contain a feather from Fawkes’s tail, the only two he ever gave) and their tears have healing powers. Fawkes can also teleport himself and others in a burst of flame.During the confrontation between Voldemort and Dumbledore in the Ministry of Magic at the climax of Order of the Phoenix (book only), Fawkes saves Dumbledore’s life by swallowing a Killing Curse from Voldemort; then bursts into flame and is reborn as a chick from the ashes.After Dumbledore’s death in Half-Blood Prince, Fawkes is heard singing a lament, and thereafter is not seen again. In an interview, Rowling stated this was to symbolise the loss of Dumbledore. When asked why Fawkes did not return to Harry due to his loyalty to Dumbledore, Rowling stated that Fawkes was non-transferable between owners.According to Rowling, Fawkes is named after 17th century conspirator Guy Fawkes.
Firenze is a centaur and, after Order of the Phoenix, a Divination teacher at Hogwarts. He is described in the book as a palomino centaur with astonishingly blue eyes. He first appears towards the end of Philosopher’s Stone, in which he rescues Harry from Voldemort in the Forbidden Forest. Having carried Harry to safety on his back, Firenze quarrels with other centaurs who object to the symbolic suggestion that centaurs are subservient to humans.
Frank is a thunderbird that was kidnapped and trafficked to Egypt in the 1920s. Frank is the reason Newt went to America. After rescuing Frank from the traffickers, Newt stored Frank with his other magical creatures in his suitcase. Newt brings Frank to America in hopes of returning him to his native land of Arizona.
Griphook is a goblin and an employee at Gringotts until the Second Wizarding War. . Because Harry needs to take a Horcrux from Bellatrix’s vault, Griphook reluctantly agrees to help them break into Gringotts, in exchange for the sword of Gryffindor; but when escaping, Griphook betrays them to the other goblins and escapes with the sword. His fate is left unknown in the book, but in the film he is shown dead during the aftermath at Gringotts, and Gryffindor’s sword vanishes before Voldemort can see it. In spite of Griphook’s insistence that the sword belongs to the goblins, the sword reappears when Neville Longbottom pulls it from the Sorting Hat and beheads Nagini.
Hedwig is Harry Potter’s owl, given to him in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone as an eleventh birthday present by Rubeus Hagrid, who purchases the owl in Diagon Alley at the Eeylops Owl Emporium. Harry gives her this name after reading it in a book on the history of magic. Hedwig is used for delivering messages throughout the series, and also serves as a companion to Harry, especially when he is unable to interact with other wizards. It is implied throughout the books that Hedwig can fully understand
Hokey is a house-elf who works for Hepzibah Smith, an old woman deceived by Tom Riddle into showing him Slytherin’s locket and Hufflepuff’s cup, which he uses as two of his Horcruxes. Hokey’s memory allows Harry and Dumbledore a glimpse of the visit Voldemort makes two days before Hepzibah Smith is poisoned and both treasures disappear; whereafter Riddle, who magically tampers with Hokey’s memories, frames Hokey for Hepzibah’s murder. She does not deny the accusation and is convicted for accidental murder.
Kreacher is a house-elf who serves the House of Black for generations. His name is a pun on the word creature, indicating that his masters regarded him as an inferior. Kreacher first appears in Order of the Phoenix as an unwilling servant to Sirius Black. Kreacher disdains Sirius, mainly due to his devotion to his former masters (Regulus Black in particular), whose pure-blood values Sirius has rejected. Sirius also treats him harshly because the elf is a living reminder of a home to which he earlier had no intention of returning. Knowing too much of the Order of the Phoenix’s activity, Kreacher is not allowed to leave Grimmauld Place.
Nagini, Voldemort’s snake, is introduced in Goblet of Fire. Her name is the female version of the Nāga. She is a safeguard to Voldemort’s immortality.
Voldemort is able to communicate with Nagini due to his ability to speak Parseltongue, the language of snakes.Nagini is first sighted when the snake alerts Voldemort to the presence of an eavesdropping Frank Bryce, an old gardener who had worked for the Riddle family.
Peeves is a poltergeist who causes trouble in Hogwarts, and is therefore often pursued by Argus Filch. Peeves’s tongue to the roof of his mouth, after which Peeves angrily departs.
Winky is a house-elf who originally served the Crouch family, described as having enormous brown eyes and a large, round, soft nose. She viewed herself as a dutiful servant and guarded the family’s many secrets.
The Weasleys’ creatures
Many pets and animals are associated with the Weasley family:
- Scabbers, a brown rat retained for twelve years; at first by Percy, but passed to Ron. Near the end of the third book, Scabbers is revealed to be Peter Pettigrew, an Animagus who betrayed James and Lily Potter to Lord Voldemort.
- Pigwidgeon (nicknamed “Pig”), Ron’s hyperactive scops owl, a gift from Sirius Black upon the loss of Scabbers.
- Hermes, a screech owl owned by Percy, which was a gift to him from his parents for becoming a Prefect in his fifth year. He is named after the Greek god Hermes.
- Errol, an aged great grey owl who serves as the family’s courier. He has trouble carrying loads and is often found unconscious after collision or exhaustion.
- Arnold, a purple Pygmy Puff (miniature puffskein) owned by Ginny and obtained from Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes in the sixth book.
- A puffskein belonging to Ron and killed by Fred when he used it for Bludger practice, revealed in the first Harry Potter game, and later confirmed in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
- A ghoul lives in the attic of The Burrow and causes minor disruptions by groaning and banging on the walls and pipes. In Deathly Hallows, the ghoul is magically altered in appearance to resemble Ron as cover for his absence from school. In 12 Grimmauld Place there is also a ghoul in “an upstairs bathroom”.
- The Weasleys have gnomes all over their garden and in their shed, bushes, Wellington boots, and more. They are quarrelsome and seem to know many obscenities, which they were supposedly taught by Fred and George Weasley.