I think it might be a tossup between a dragon and a phoenix but I would like it if there was something in canon about this.

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    Fastest by what measure?
    – Alex
    Dec 31, 2018 at 7:42
  • Dragons don't disapparate, elves do, so do humans. Dec 31, 2018 at 9:04
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    @Alex you load all creatures with a coconut and you make them travel from Africa to Britain.
    – Orlahm
    Dec 31, 2018 at 13:37

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Ignoring those creatures that are able to simply Apparate from place to place almost instantaneously (which includes the Phoenix, the Diricawl, the Elf and the Wizard), the fastest seen is probably the Zouwo.

The Zouwu is a monstrously large feline beast—as big as an elephant—with a striped body, scraggly mane, four fangs that curl up out of its mouth, and long sharp claws. Perhaps its most distinctive feature is its disproportionately long and ruffled multicolored tail. Native to China, Zouwus are incredibly powerful and fast, capable of traveling 1,000 miles in a day. The Zouwu in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald was captured by Skender, the owner and Ringmaster of the wizarding world’s Circus Arcanus, and bears the scars of its abuse.

Beware! New Beasts Ahead in “Crimes of Grindelwald”

Other contenders mentioned in the original Fantastic Beasts book include the Nogtail (albeit presumably over a much shorter distance)

Nogtails are demons found in rural areas right across Europe, Russia and America. They resemble stunted piglets with long legs, thick, stubby tails and narrow black eyes. The Nogtail will creep into a sty and suckle an ordinary sow alongside her own young. The longer the Nogtail is left undetected and the bigger it grows, the longer the blight on the farm into which it has entered. The Nogtail is exceptionally fast and difficult to catch, though if chased beyond the boundaries of a farm by a pure white dog, it will never return. The Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (Pest Sub-Division) keeps a dozen albino bloodhounds for this purpose.

The Snidget (on which the Golden Snitch is based)

The Golden Snidget is an extremely rare, protected species of bird. Completely round, with a very long, thin beak and glistening, jewel-like red eyes, the Golden Snidget is an extremely fast flier that can change direction with uncanny speed and skill, owing to the rotational joints of its wings.

and the Winged Horse (of which there are multiple varieties including the Thestral)

Winged horses exist worldwide. There are many different breeds, including the Abraxan (immensely powerful giant palominos), the Aethonan (chestnut, popular in Britain and Ireland), the Granian (grey and particularly fast) and the rare Thestral (black, possessed of the power of invisibility and considered unlucky by many wizards). As with the Hippogriff, the owner of a winged horse is required to perform a Disillusionment Charm upon it at regular intervals.

And presumably the usual run of flying beasties like the Hippogriff and various Dragons although their speed is apparently not worthy of mention.

  • Where is it stated that apparition is instantaneous? The books make it rather clear that it takes some non-negligible time...
    – user21820
    Dec 31, 2018 at 14:37
  • @Cœur - For minor spelling mistakes, it probably easiest to use the edit command
    – Valorum
    Dec 31, 2018 at 14:56
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    @Cœur - Top tip, add a innocuous word. "is apparently not worthy of [specific] mention". "multiple varieties including the [famous] Thestral" if you need to increase the letter count
    – Valorum
    Dec 31, 2018 at 14:59
  • @Cœur: Exactly; that passage from HBP was what I was thinking of.
    – user21820
    Dec 31, 2018 at 15:01
  • What about Billywigs? It is around half an inch long and a vivid sapphire blue, although its speed is such that it is rarely noticed by Muggles and often not by wizards until they have been stung.
    – Alex
    Dec 31, 2018 at 17:32

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