Lupin, in particular, taught his DADA students (or his third year ones anyway) almost entirely about Dark magical creatures (red kaps, hinkypunks, werewolves, etc). I find it interesting that there are also dangerous creatures in many of the Care of Magical Creatures lessons. Is there any evidence of a divide that says that werewolves and hinkypunks are Dark Magic, whereas hippogriffs are potentially dangerous magical creatures like a magical tiger or leopard, but not Dark? Obviously the focus of the lesson is defence vs care, but is there a difference in the classification of the creatures? Another question to show what I'm thinking (but not to include multiple quetions) is do any of the creatures overlap into both subjects?

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    Some of them are dangerous (magical creatures) and some of them aren't.
    – bleh
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 22:25
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    @bleh - If you're saying dangerous ones are all dealt with in DADA, that isn't true, looking at Hippogriffs as just one example. And calling a dangerous animal Dark Arts seems very harsh to me!
    – ThruGog
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 22:43
  • It was more of a joke on Hagrid.....
    – bleh
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 22:44
  • @bleh - LOL maybe Hagrid petitions to get them all transferred to his subject. They're not dangerous or Dark if you just care for them correctly!
    – ThruGog
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 22:46
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    I think that's a very close duplicate, but I'd love to know if there's any evidence about the DADA ones being Dark Magic (like you can imagine a basilisk might be with their origins being born from an egg under a toad or whatever it was) whereas you can be sure that Buckbeak and Fawkes are intended to be lovely magical creatures.
    – ThruGog
    Commented Aug 3, 2016 at 23:12

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There seem to be two different things to address here.

1) There is a distinction between creatures that either result from Dark Magic (werewolf) or acts in a Dark way (hinkypunk), versus creatures that just are or have little to no magical relevance to be defended against.

Hinkypunks lure travelers to with a lantern to deceive them. Lycanthropy is the result of a magical illness, spread through saliva and blood. These make them topics to discuss in Defense against the Dark Arts.

Creatures such as Thestrals or Hippogriffs on the other hand don't exactly go out of their way to act in a malicious or unnatural way. It can be unnerving to think of a creature that can only be seen by the dead etc., but at the core they're just creatures. There's no specific magical defense to be studied.

2) The classes have different purposes. One is obviously to take Care of a creature, deal with things like interacting with it, bonding with it, breeding it, etc. The other is to Defend against dark magic, and creatures that involve dark magic, or behave in a dark way. "Danger" is not the exclusive province of either.

Now, this won't exactly be in the lessons because they aren't "official" creatures and wouldn't have had the change to make it into a syllabus, and only Hagrid might have seen them as creatures worth caring for, but Blast-Ended Skrewts are a pretty good candidate for being in both classes.

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