Questions tagged [magical-creatures]

Refers to the large group of creatures based in magic in mythology, fantasy, and science fiction, such as elves, dwarves, and unicorns. Not to be confused with aliens.

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Why couldn't Harry see Thestrals at the end of Goblet of Fire?

Why couldn't Harry see Thestrals at the end of Goblet of Fire after the senseless and shocking death of Cedric Diggory? At the end of Goblet of Fire, the carriages still appeared horseless to Harry: ...
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Are werewolves in the Forbidden Forest consistent with later explanations on werewolves?

In the Philosopher's Stone, Harry, Hermione, Neville and Draco are punished and have to assist Hagrid in his search for a dying unicorn. Malfoy mentions that according to rumors, there are werewolves ...
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Why is Hogwarts allowed to house such dangerous creatures?

Why does Hogwarts house so many dangerous creatures or artifacts sought by dangerous people (eg. Fluffy, the three-headed dog) when there are young wizards and witches living inside the castle? ...
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Could Mad-Eye Moody See the Natural State of a Boggart With His Magical Eye?

In Order of the Phoenix, Mad-Eye Moody identifies a Boggart for Molly Weasley. "We've been wanting to ask you for ages -- could you have a look in the writing desk in the drawing room and tell us ...
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90s novel: wood nymph (similar to an otik) who becomes a scientist

I am trying to hunt down a book I read in the 90s, but lost some time ago. It starts with some children wandering in a wood, and they encounter a wood nymph creature that starts following them around. ...
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How Could Hogwarts Have Realistically Accommodated the Basilisk 800 - 1000+ Years Ago?

This is the first of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. Out of all the Harry Potter books, Chamber of Secrets is the most problematic for me as far ...
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How Do Dementors Communicate with Wizards?

In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, while Harry is eavesdropping on the group of adults discussing Sirius Black in The Three Broomsticks, Madam Rosmerta objects to the Minister for Magic ...
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Why did J. K. Rowling choose to downplay dragons?

Wherever I see dragons in fantasy works, they are portrayed as very powerful creatures. They can decimate entire armies without taking much damage. Even powerful kingdoms avoid them at all costs. The ...
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Do standard definitions exist for dragon, drake, wyrm and wyvern?

In many different books including Dragonlance, Tales from the Sword Coast, Magic: The Gathering and other similar fantasy series, I've seen references to dragons, drakes, wyrms and wyvern (which may ...
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What would be the effects of the Dementors' Kiss on a Horcrux contained within a living person?

Could the Dementors’ Kiss destroy a living Horcrux, like Harry? Lupin explains the Dementors’ Kiss to Harry in Prisoner of Azkaban: ‘They call it the Dementors’ Kiss,’ said Lupin, with a slightly ...
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How Did Tom Riddle Find Out About the Existence/Location of the Chamber of Secrets?

This is the third of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I'm looking for CANON COMPLIANT explanations for. By "canon compliant", I mean within ...
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Could a Homorphus Charm Change a Werewolf Back Into a Human Before the Moon Cycle Ends?

‘Nice loud howl, Harry – exactly – and then, if you’ll believe it, I pounced – like this – slammed [the werewolf] to the floor – thus – with one hand, I managed to hold him down – with my other, I put ...
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Is the world doomed?

In answering a question about Dementors having magic, David Stratton referenced a J.K. Rowling quote, included below. Cornersoul: So what happens to all the dementors where will they go will they ...
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What Effect Would the Dementor's Kiss Have on Voldemort Prior to the Destruction of His Horcruxes?

Pursuant to THIS QUESTION (Could the Dementors' Kiss Destroy a Living Horcrux?), I have a follow-up question. Based on what we know about the Demetors' Kiss, the soul, and Horcruxes from canon, what ...
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What Do the Gringotts Goblins Do With Muggle Money?

‘But you’re Muggles!’ said Mr Weasley delightedly. ‘We must have a drink! What’s that you’ve got there? Oh, you’re changing Muggle money. Molly, look!’ He pointed excitedly at the ten-pound notes in ...
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Could a muggle see a thestral?

As we learn in the books: “The only people who can see thestrals,” [Luna] said, “are people who have seen death.” — Order of the Phoenix, chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake) Muggles see, and ...
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What is this creature from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban?

In the movie, Hagrid feeds a strange, moaning creature in his hut while discussing with the trio about Buckbeak's tragic fate. When Fudge, Macnair and Dumbledore come to kill the Hippogriff, he hides ...
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Does the Crumple-Horned Snorkack exist?

The Crumple-Horned Snorkack is one of various weird and wacky things which Luna Lovegood believes in and most people (especially the ever-rational Hermione) don't. Now we know that Luna is a bit ... ...
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Do you only need to bow once when meeting a hippogriff?

Like, you meet a Hippogriff, you bow, you come and pet him and everything's fine. But if you see the same Hippogriff again later, do you have to bow again or is it only necessary to do it once and the ...
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Why don't Muggles have to de-gnomify their gardens?

The question "Why do the Weasleys have to de-gnome the garden at the Burrow?" is focused on why magic isn't used to get rid of garden gnomes. I've begun to wonder why muggles don't deal with gnomes. ...
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Why COULD Harry see Thestrals following Cedric Diggory's death?

Pursuant to my question here, asking why Harry couldn't see Thestrals immediately following Cedric Diggory's death, now I want to know why Harry could see Thestrals, as a re-read of canon shows that ...
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What do the acromantulas eat in the Forbidden Forest?

As described in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, there are a lot of really big spiders in the forest, and they are all carnivorous. I know "what does X eat?" is a kind of obnoxious form of ...
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Who controls the Watcher in the Water?

In the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, there is a kraken-like creature found in lake front of the gates of Moria, both mentioned in the book and shown in the movies. What I want to ...
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Why was Sirius Black able to ride Buckbeak?

I'm reading the Harry Potter series for the first time and I'm on book 3! I'm having trouble understanding why Sirius is able to ride Buckbeak; wouldn't he have had to bow and wait for a bow back from ...
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What is a hag in Harry Potter?

In the Harry Potter books, there are a number of mentions of "hags": "They say [Quirrell] met vampires in the black forest, and there was a nasty bit o' trouble with a hag." Hagrid, The ...
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Does Rubeus Hagrid know about non-monster Animals?

Let's pretend we have a magical LinkedIn. I friended Rubeus Hagrid, and next day, as LinkedIn typically does, it sends me a spam... err... polite request to endorse Hagrid's skills: Does Rubeus ...
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Are Any of the Twelve Uses of Dragon's Blood Known?

‘I’ve found him!’ [Harry] whispered. ‘I’ve found Flamel! I told you I’d read the name somewhere before, I read it on the train coming here – listen to this: “Professor Dumbledore is particularly ...
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Would a boggart-basilisk kill someone? [duplicate]

If a boggart appeared to someone as a basilisk, would direct contact with its eyes kill that person?
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What Happened to Crookshanks?

Crookshanks is Hermione's familiar in PoA, GoF, and OOTP. I cannot recall mention of Crookshanks following OOTP, though. What happened to Crookshanks? Does canon refer to Crookshanks in either HBP or ...
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How did Dobby intercept Harry's mail?

How did Dobby the house-elf intercept Harry's mail during Harry's summer holiday between Philosopher's Stone and Chamber of Secrets? ‘See what it’s like here?’ [Harry] said. ‘See why I’ve got to go ...
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Are there any male Veela?

In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire it is clear that the Veela strongly affect boys: And as the veela danced faster and faster, wild, half-formed thoughts started chasing through Harry's dazed ...
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What are these cat like fantastic beasts from The Crimes of Grindelwald trailer?

In the Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - Official Comic-Con Trailer we see these creatures: Does anyone know what these are?
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Is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them an exhaustive list of magical animals in the Harry Potter world?

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a pseudo in-universe book describing magical animals from the Harry Potter world. Is it an exhaustive list though? Do other creatures exist that don't ...
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Why can't muggles see magical creatures?

My friend at work proposed a question to me a few minutes ago: If the witches and wizards cloaked themselves from Muggles with their spells and it's said that only witches and wizards can cast spells,...
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What shape would a boggart take if a person doesn't fear anything?

Rereading the Prisoner of Azkaban, this interesting question(at least to me) popped in my head. What shape would a boggart take if a person is never depressed about anything, has no evil memories ...
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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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Can only humans be witches or wizards?

Obviously Hagrid was half-giant and half-human so it isn't limited only to full humans but what about a full giant, for example? Does a creature have to have some human blood to be a witch or wizard?
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How old is Treebeard?

We know for certain (from Gandalf) that Treebeard the Ent is the oldest living creature on Middle Earth: "Treebeard is Fangorn, the guardian of the forest; he is the oldest of the Ents, the oldest ...
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How Was the Legend of the Chamber of Secrets Established?

This is the second of a three-part question on the basilisk plot in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets that I'm looking for CANON COMPLIANT explanations for. By "canon compliant", I mean within ...
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Why Does Ollivander Use Only Three Wand Cores?

As Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will attest, there are plenty of amazing magical creatures and it would seem many of them would be well suited to provide some pretty formidable wand cores. ...
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Can you drink unicorn blood from a living unicorn and benefit without being cursed?

We know from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone that if you kill a unicorn to drink its blood, the blood carries a terrible curse: "Only one who has nothing to lose, and everything to gain, ...
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Is there a reason why Potterverse has no dwarfs?

Potter world has dragons, trolls, goblins and elves. But what's missing is one of the other main races of any good role-playing game swords-and-sorcery world - dwarfs (their niche seemingly being ...
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Did Hagrid breed the blast-ended skrewt?

When answering this, I ran across this tidbit, which was quite interesting but, sadly, un-cited: The Blast-Ended Skrewt is a hybrid creature bred by Rubeus Hagrid in the autumn of 1994, by crossing ...
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Bitten by a vampire, werewolf, and zombie… what happens to him? [closed]

I'm toying with the idea of having a character bitten by more than one bite-infecting monster and wondered about just what would happen. What are the generally-accepted time windows from bite to ...
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Why does the Obscurus not appear in the textbook?

In the film version of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the main story revolves around a creature called an Obscurus. Now without giving too much of the story away, Mr. Scamander has ...
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Why does a Boggart scare people? What is their end goal?

Boggarts turn into their victim's worst fears. Why do they do this? What is their ultimate goal?
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Do adult witches and wizards retain their familiars once they graduate Hogwarts?

I don't recall any mention of an adult character in Harry Potter owning a familiar/pet (aside from family owls for SMS-ing) the way every Hogwarts schoolchild does. The only example I recall of what ...
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Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the Basilisk's glare?

Why was the memory of Tom Riddle not killed by the basilisk's glare? Even as a memory/horcrux, he is able to perform magic, and hence shouldn't he be affected by magic, magical objects and beasts too? ...
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Is it ever explained why Harry has to cage Hedwig when he travels?

Doesn't this seem extremely unnecessary? Hedwig is an Wizarding Owl, she can fly and can travel wherever needed with minimal instruction. Hedwig in particular is very loyal and intelligent. There are ...
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What are the differences between a ghoul, a ghost and a poltergeist?

In the world of Harry Potter, there seems to be a distinction between a ghoul, a ghost and poltergeist. My understanding is that a ghost is an imprint of a dead wizard, so what are the others and are ...