Refers to the large group of creatures based in magic in mythology, fantasy, and science fiction, such as elves, dwarves, and unicorns. Not to be confused with aliens.

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Why are Thestrals not a threat to humans?

Despite being predators and carnivorous, JK writes that Thestrals are not in any way threatening to humans and can be domesticated. My problem with this is, not all Thestrals are domesticated and as ...
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Which novel has the earliest appearance of the consumption of monsters as food?

I came across people talking about adventurers eating the monsters that they hunt, so I was wondering: "What is the earliest appearance of adventurers eating weird food made from the remains of the ...
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Who controls The Watcher in the Water?

There is a lake kraken-like creature in front of The Gates of Moria, mentioned in the book and shown in the movies and I want to know who controls it? Is it an independent creature, or it's controlled ...
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Why didn't Dr. Pretorius die?

In the '80s movie From Beyond, scientists create a resonator that allows them to see creatures from an alternate reality. In the opening scene, the sadistic Dr. Pretorius is beheaded by a strange ...
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Fantasy book with shape shifting dragon warriors

Set in a fantasy world with shape shifting Dragon kings and their warriors. They terrorize the humans, and kill those with magic. The protagonist is the great-grandson of a powerful warlock. He ...
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How did Jimmy end up with Freddy the magic flute?

As any Saturday Morning Cartoons fan from the late 60's and early 70's can tell you, H.R. Pufnstuf was quite an adventure. Live action, puppets, dancing trees, good vs. evil. The story goes something ...
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Original Vampire neutralization [closed]

It is said when you neutralize an Original Vampire their compulsion wears off. So why hasn't the existence of vampires been exposed?
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Teen Wolf universe Werewolf Strength

I have Just started Teen wolf and got to wondering What is the strength level of Werewolves in The Teen Wolf Universe? What feats of strengths have been shown?
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How strong are vampires in The Vampire Diaries?

What is the strength level of vampires in The Vampire Diaries universe? What feats of strengths have been shown?
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Woman who gets trained by a soldier; dead soldier returns as a ghost; bird/raven people

I am writing in hope that someone might be able to recognize a book series that I read some years ago. Can't find anything that resembles my memories of it. From what I recall it contains a strong ...
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Searching For Fantasy Cartoon

I am looking for a cartoon series I watched in the late 80s or early 90s, about characters that are given powers to transform into animals of their character. An example is the one of the good guys ...
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what makes some Elves magically stronger/more powerful than others

Men vary in physical strength. This can be caused by many different factors, putting much effort into physical fitness, being genetically tall and muscular etc. It is usually a combination of ...
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What's the first appearance of Elves capable of shadow-melding in fantasy?

Everyone who has played either Warcraft III or World of Warcraft knows that Night Elves have the magic ability to melt away into the shadows of the night, a power known as shadowmeld. According to the ...
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Looking for a fantasy, ocean themed book i read as a child?

The only things i remember about this book was it was about a brother and a sister (although i want to say more about the sister) and they were at a fair or carnival with their dad who raised them ...
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Is Arthur C. Clarke promoting creationism in Rama Revealed?

This seems very strange to me, because Clarke was an atheist, and forbade any religious ritual at his burial, even. Did he ever explain this inconsistency? Or, does anyone have an explanation for ...
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Is it ever explained why Harry has to cage Hedwig when he travels?

Doesn't this seem extremely unnecessary? Hedwig is an Wizarding Owl, she can fly and can travel wherever needed with minimal instruction. Hedwig in particular is very loyal and intelligent. There are ...
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Could a muggle see a thestral?

As we learn in the books: “The only people who can see thestrals,” [Luna] said, “are people who have seen death.” — Order of the Phoenix, chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake) Muggles see, and ...
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Will seeing a Muggle death allow one to see Thestrals?

Will seeing a Muggle death allow one to see Thestrals? Can anyone provide canon examples either way?
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How would a Boggart represent Fear of Feelings and Sensations or States of Being?

This question, Are boggarts able to take the form of abstract fears? mentions that Boggarts are stated to be able to "take the shape of whatever it thinks will frighten us most." We know that a ...
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What shape would a boggart take if a person doesn't fear anything

Rereading the Prisoner of Azkaban, this interesting question(at least to me) popped in my head. What shape would a boggart take if a person is never depressed about anything, has no evil memories ...
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Why wasn't Fawkes killed when it attacked the Basilisk? [duplicate]

In Chamber of Secret Fawkes pecks out the Basilisk's eyes, thus preventing its gaze from killing Harry. But Fawkes wouldn't be able to close his eyes because he need to aim where the Basilisk eyes are ...
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Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the Basilisk's glare?

Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the basilisk's glare? Even as a memory/horcrux, he is able to perform magic, and hence shouldn't he be affected by magic, magical objects and beasts too? ...
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Do goblins have the ability to build printing presses or projectors?

We know that the Daily Prophet is a wizarding newspaper based in London. It is the primary source of news for British wizards. How did they print newspapers? Goblins are very capable metal ...
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Why do unicorn prefer a woman's touch to a man's?

In Goblet of Fire, Professor Grubbly-Plank indicates that unicorns prefer a woman's touch to a man's: “Boys keep back!” barked Professor Grubbly-Plank, throwing out an arm and catching Harry hard ...
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Is Harry's boggart still a Dementor?

Every HP fan knows Harry's boggart was a Dementor. Dementors can make you relive your most fearful memories. Harry's was exceptionally fearful/tragic. That's why he was so affected by them, and ...
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Would a boggart-basilisk kill someone?

If a boggart appeared to someone as a basilisk, would direct contact with its eyes kill that person?
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How can Professor Crater recognize the M-113 creature

I've just started Star Trek : The Original Series, and in "The Man Trap", when Professor Crater is being interrogated, he admits that he can recognize the shape-shifting creature from the M-113 ...
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Did Hagrid breed the blast-ended skrewt?

When answering this, I ran across this tidbit, which was quite interesting but, sadly, un-cited: The Blast-Ended Skrewt is a hybrid creature bred by Rubeus Hagrid in the autumn of 1994, by ...
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Does Rubeus Hagrid know about non-monster Animals?

Let's pretend we have a magical LinkedIn. I friended Rubeus Hagrid, and next day, as LinkedIn typically does, it sends me a spam... err... polite request to endorse Hagrid's skills: Does Rubeus ...
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Do adult witches and wizards retain their familiars once they graduate Hogwarts?

I don't recall any mention of an adult character in Harry Potter owning a familiar/pet (aside from family owls for SMS-ing) the way every Hogwarts schoolchild does. The only example I recall of what ...
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Where did the griffins go in Phaze?

In the Apprentice Adept series, book 1, Split Infinity, chapter 14, when Stile is attempting to escape from the Yellow Adept we read this. There were cages all around. It resembled an archaic zoo. ...
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Hinkypunks and Kappas in Care of Magical Creatures?

what are the conditions for certain animals/beasts/creatures being included in Care of Magical Creatures classes? we see most of the animals in C.o.M.C seem docile and unlikely to attack humans or ...
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What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature?

What is the first appearance of a Lich in fantasy literature? I will accepts answers pointing to myths ans sagas and such as well. Edit: For clarity, I'm asking about Liches as defined by Wikipedia: ...
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Did Fantus die during the destruction of Krondor during the Serpentwar Saga?

In the earlier novels, Fantus is attached to William. William died during the destruction of Krondor, but I don't recall whether Fantus was ever mentioned again.
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Book about a girl who talks to a tree (or boulder) and finds golden door

I'm looking for an old fantasy book. A woman/girl moves into new house and odd things happen that actually the tree or boulder in backyard is responsible for. The girl and the tree form a ...
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Differences between dragon, drake, wyrm and wyvern

In many different books including Dragonlance, Tales from the Sword Coast, Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy series, I've seen references to dragons, drakes, wyrms and wyvern (which may ...
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Is it possible to suffer from frostbite and sunburn simultaneously?

In the most recent episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Rarity makes the amusing claim that she has given the townsfolk both frostbite and sunburn both in rapid succession, due to her poor ...
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Why was the Balrog unconcerned with the fate of Middle Earth?

In an answer to the recent question Why was Gandalf Afraid of the Balrog of Morgoth?, it was stated that A Balrog is a terror of the First Age. And something that was a threat in the First Age ...
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What five creatures were sacrificed in Barb & J.C. Hendee's Sister of the Dead?

In the book Sister of the Dead, Leesil, Magiere & Wynn find a tomb of sorts where a sacrifice took place many years ago. The skeletons of some unknown creatures are found amongst that of a man, ...
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How old is Treebeard?

We know for certain (from Gandalf) that Treebeard the Ent is the oldest living creature on Middle Earth: "Treebeard is Fangorn, the guardian of the forest; he is the oldest of the Ents, the oldest ...
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What is a hag in Harry Potter?

In the Harry Potter books, there are a number of mentions of "hags": "They say [Quirrell] met vampires in the black forest, and there was a nasty bit o' trouble with a hag." Hagrid, The ...
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Is Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them an exhaustive list of magical animals in the Harry Potter world?

Fantastical Beasts and Where to Find Them is a pseudo in-universe book describing magical animals from the Harry Potter world. Is it an exhaustive list though? Do other creatures exist that don't ...
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How Do Dementors Communicate with Wizards?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, while Harry is eavesdropping on the group of adults discussing Sirius Black in The Three Broomsticks, Madam Rosmerta objects to the Minister for Magic ...
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Are Any of the Twelve Uses of Dragon's Blood Known?

‘I’ve found him!’ [Harry] whispered. ‘I’ve found Flamel! I told you I’d read the name somewhere before, I read it on the train coming here – listen to this: “Professor Dumbledore is particularly ...
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Why does Spike eat gems in My Little Pony Friendship is Magic?

In My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Spike is a Dragon that eat gemstones. Here's some proof for the distrustful: Maybe it's me that don't know a lot about the Dragons lore, but it's the first ...
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What were Madame Maxime's horses that drew Beauxbatons carriage?

What kind of a creature were Madame Maxime's horses that drew Beauxbatons carriage? . . . they saw a gigantic, powderblue, horse-drawn carriage, the size of a large house, soaring toward them, ...
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Is there a reason why Potterverse has no dwarves?

Potter world has dragons, trolls, goblins and elves. But what's missing is one of the other main races of any good role-playing game swords-ans-sorcery world - dwarves (their niche seemingly being ...
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Were there more “out-of-universe” or “JKR-made-up” magical creatures in Harry Potter universe?

Were there more “out-of-universe” or “JK Rowling-made-up” magical creature types/species in Harry Potter universe? By “out-of-universe”, I mean creatures that exist(ed) in folklore/literature/fiction ...
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Were Dementor effects targeted?

Dementors seemed to have had some distance effects on humans - the feeling of coldness, moral depression, darkness. Is there canon evidence that these area effects where targeted at specific ...
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Is the world doomed?

In answering a question about Dementors having magic, David Stratton referenced a J.K. Rowling quote, included below. Cornersoul: So what happens to all the dementors where will they go will ...