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Creatures of myth first described by the ancient Greeks, having the body of a horse with four legs, but also the upper body of a man where the horse's neck would be.

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A scifi book containing an artificially-made world with weird centaurs

hope I'm doing this right – I did try a search first but couldn't find anything that seemed relevant. Back when I was in middle/high school in the 90s, I would sometimes pick books off the SF/F ...
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Paraplegic who becomes a centaur

The film Avatar reminded me if this short story which I read, I think, in anthology from my school library in sixth form, c.1978/9. It was probably fairly old then most of their stuff was. A ...
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Book featuring an encounter with a mind-reading centaur

I read this book many years ago, it has been plaguing me for like 12+ years. It was definitely about a group of kids on a weird planet - for sure a girl and a boy. They definitely had some sort of ...
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Why did Hermione warn Umbridge not to insult the centaurs?

In The Order Of The Phoenix, Hermione takes Umbridge into the forest in order to get rid of her: We only came in here because we hoped you'd drive her off for us! - Hermione Yet when Umbridge ...
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What do the centaurs in the Forbidden Forest eat?

Though I can't find any proof of this, I would assume that they are too proud to be carnivorous. However, I also can't find anything about them eating any herbs or fruit from the Forbidden Forest. ...
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Short story about a fantasy creature zoo with a centaur man

A long time ago I read a short story anthology. One of the stories was about a man who had been injured and they'd rebuilt him as a centaur but he had to live in this zoo of fantasy creatures and have ...
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What exactly did the centaurs read in the stars in Philosopher's Stone?

Note the following exchange between Firenze and Bane. "My name is Firenze," he added, as he lowered himself on to his front legs so that Harry could clamber on to his back. There was suddenly a ...
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Why wasn't the centaur cop a big deal?

In the Netflix original Bright (2017) a great deal of effort is taken to show the prejudice that Jakoby faces for being a non-human in the police. All the other officers in the team meeting seem to ...
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First instance of human/centaur romance

Throughout the TV shows Hercules and Xena, humans being romantically involved with centaurs is pretty common, despite it being so controversial. What is the earliest example of this happening in ...
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Book where RPG characters are portrayed as real

I'm looking for a Book where RPG characters are portrayed as real. Then at the end it shows that the RPGers are being played by another nested reality of RPGers and there is a bomb in the room. ...
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Why was Quirrell scared away by Firenze?

‘AAAAAAAAAAARGH!’ Malfoy let out a terrible scream and bolted – so did Fang. The hooded figure raised its head and looked right at Harry – unicorn blood was dribbling down its front. It got to its ...
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Did the Centaurs participate in the Battle of Hogwarts?

Centaurs are the magical creatures lived in the Forbidden Forest, at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. In Sorcerer's Stone a centaur, named Firenze who rescued Harry in the Forbidden Forest ...
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Does 'Mars Is Bright Tonight' Have a Specific Meaning?

What does the centaurs Ronan and Bane's statement of "Mars is bright tonight" mean? Ronan sighed. He flung back his head and stared at the sky. ‘Mars is bright tonight.’ Philosopher's Stone - ...
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What was the origin of the idea that Centaur race hold some divining/astrological ability?

Was the idea that Centaurs as a race have some special divination/prediction abilities a JKR invention, or did the idea appear elsewhere before (books, or original myths?). I am specifically ...
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Was there any example of Centaurs legitimately divinating some true information?

In Harry Potter, Centaurs let it be known that they are superior at divination (compared to humans). Aside from their own boasting, or a circumstancial evidence of Dumbledore allowing Firenze to ...
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What happened to Umbridge when she was carried into the forest by the centaurs?

When Dolores Umbridge is carried off by the centaurs in the Order of the Phoenix and returns later, the reader is left with the task of piecing together what exactly happened while she was out there. ...
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