The two stone gargoyles that usually guarded the entrance to the staffroom had been smashed apart by a jinx that had sailed through another broken window. Their remains stirred feebly on the floor, and as Harry leapt over one of their disembodied heads, it moaned faintly. “Oh, don’t mind me… I’ll just be here and crumble…”

What is the gargoyles in the Harry Potter? Are they a magic species, jinxed stone or something else?

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Gargoyles are not in Fantastic Beast And Where To Find Them which would mean they are not a magical species. So working from this i think we can safely assume that they, like many other feature of the castle are enchanted. Examples of this are the enchanted suits of armor, and enchanted portraits. We also have examples of teachers themselves enchanting objects to essentially bring them to life, like Professor Mcgonagall's chess set, as well as in the final book, the teachers brought to life most of the statues, to use in defense of the castle.

In short, Statues, with some form of enchantment.

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    IOW, they are basically just statues Apr 7, 2015 at 14:02
  • Anyone with their Fantastic beasts books at hand confirm this for me, and ill edit and remove the AFAIK.
    – Himarm
    Apr 7, 2015 at 14:04
  • Confirmed - the search of the e-book for "garg" finds nothing. Apr 7, 2015 at 14:12
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    @DVK Since you have an ebook, does Fantastic Beasts only list creatures designated "Beasts", or does it include "Beings" as well? It's not impossible (although it is unlikely) that gargoyles could be considered a Being Apr 7, 2015 at 14:15
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    @DVK With apologies for referencing the alleged Wikia. Goblins, vampires, hags, giants, house-elves, veela, and werewolves all seem to be considered "Beings". I think they talk more about this in one of the prefaces to Fantastic Beasts Apr 7, 2015 at 14:22

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