In a world that is full of fantastic beasts known to the Wizarding community why are the crests for the houses at Hogwarts normal or Muggle animals (snake, lion, badger, eagle)? Also all the animals that the students and teachers conjure when using the Patronus charm e.g.. Harry’s stag, Hermione’s Otter and Luna’s Hare. Dumbledore has a Phoenix and rightly so, but that’s the only magical creature in the lot.

Was this an oversight, a missed opportunity, a way to simplify the world or just merely a way to make us Muggles identify more strongly with the animals we are familiar with?

Also Animagus' can so far as I know only transform to non magical creatures...

marked as duplicate by TimSparrow, TheLethalCarrot, Alith, Bellatrix harry-potter Jan 30 at 12:27

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.

  • Possibly because magical creatures are more rare – TimSparrow Jan 30 at 11:51
  • 3
    It would just appear to be a matter of choice. For what it's worth, the US school uses magical creatures for it house crests. pottermore.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/ilvermorny – Jontia Jan 30 at 12:03
  • Oh that’s great about the American school! That’s what I would have expected from Hogwarts. Even though the animals they have chosen do reflect the traits of the houses and of course Slitherin could be nothing other than a snake (Basilisk would have been a good choice) – Jennywah Jan 30 at 12:16
  • Related to your second and third points: scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/15220/… scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/53739/… – Alex Jan 30 at 16:21
  • 1
    It is claimed that the question already has an answer elsewhere, but that question doesn't address why the animals are not magical. – QuestionAuthority Jan 31 at 17:40

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.