J.K.Rowling's comments about cats in an interview:
Q: Hagrid mentioned he's allergic to cats in PS why has he never sneezed when Crookshanks was around?
A: He's never around Crookshanks very much. I'm allergic to cats and I can be in a room with one briefly. But of course, Crookshanks isn't all cat. Read 'Fantastic Beasts...'! (WBD)
- McGonagall's Animagus form is a tabby cat with spectacle eye markings (PS1)
- Mrs. Figg's cat/kneazle crossbreeds: Mr. Tibbles, Snowy, Mr. Paws, Tufty (PS2, OP2)
- lots of them on Platform 9 3/4 (PS6)
- Millicent Bulstrode seems to have a black one (CS12)
- Mrs. Norris (PS8 etc.)
- Cats of every color for sale at Magical Menagerie, including Crookshanks (PA4)
- Kneazle (FB, OP1, 2)
- The nundu is an extremely dangerous, gigantic leopard-like magical beast which is native to East Africa (FB).
XXXX - Greece
Centaurs are very mysterious creatures. They avoid Muggles and wizards alike
(FB). Centaurs watch and read the
signs in the stars and planets and they do not take sides in the events
unfolding around them, which they have foreseen. They prefer simply to
observe (PS15). The centaurs
have chosen to be considered Beasts by the Ministry (FB)
and do not take part in governing at all.
A number of centaurs live in the Forbidden Forest, including Ronan (PS15), Bane (PS15), Magorian (OP30) and up until Harry's fifth year, Firenze (PS15, OP27).
Centaurs figure in Greek mythology. In many cases, Centaurs represent animalistic behaviour – carrying off human women, for example – but they also appear as wise teachers. The Centaurs in the Harry Potter books demonstrate both traits. Bane carries off Umbridge when she insults and attacks the herd. Firenze, on the other hand, becomes a teacher at Hogwarts, even though he is banished from the herd because of associating with wizards (The Lexicon page 55).
XXXXX - Greece
A vicious, bloodthirsty creature with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a dragon's tail. Chimaera eggs are classified as Class A Non-Tradable Goods. Dai Llewellyn, the famous Caerphilly Catapults player, was killed by a Chimaera while on holiday in Greece (FB).
The chimera is a monstrous creature found in Greek mythology. Homer describes it as ‘a thing of immortal make, not human, lion-fronted and snake behind, a goat in the middle, and snorting out the breath of the terrible flame of bright fire’. In Turkey there is a volcanic mountain called Mount Chimaera which, according to ancient writers, had lions on the peak, pastures with goats in the middle, and nests of snakes at the base, corresponding to the appearance of the Chimera monster. (The Lexicon page 58).
XX - Origin Unknown
A magical parasite that lives in the fur or feathers of some magical creatures, and can also infest magical items (FB)."chizz" Eng. cheat, swindle + "purfle" Eng. a fur trimming or embroidered border of a garment (NSOED)
This arboreal creature resembles a cross between a monkey and a frog. Its smooth skin is mottled green. The Clabbert has short horns and a wide grinning mouth. Its long arms and webbed hands and feet allow it to move gracefully through the trees. On the Clabbert's forehead is a large pustule which flashes red when the Clabbert senses the approach of danger, including Muggles.
"clabber" Scottish and Anglo-Irish dialect word for mud, soft dirt, wet clay; as a U.S. dialect word, it means to curdle (as in turning milk sour) (NSOED).
XXX - Ireland
XXX - Ireland
The legendary creature called the cockatrice is actually almost a twin of the basilisk. Some of the characteristics of the basilisk in the Potter books are actually those of the cockatrice, such as the ability to turn people into stone with a glance. Some medieval bestiaries say that the weasel is the only animal which is immune to its petrifying stare. (The Lexicon page 64).
XXX - Cornwall, England
Magical creature that strongly resembles a Jack Russell terrier, except that a Crup has a forked tail. Crups are extremely loyal to wizards and ferocious toward Muggles. They eat almost anything (FB).
JKR has a Jack Russell terrier (TLC).