Female human-like magical being, but less adept than a witch at disguising
herself from Muggles (PA4, GF19).
Hags are what one might refer to as "fairy tale witches." Hags are
wild in appearance, and they have been known to eat children
(FB, DP, fw), although at the Leaky Cauldron Harry once saw a hag eating raw liver
Hags can be quite frightening, apparently, since Quirrell had a "nasty
bit of business" with one during his year off for first-hand experience in
fighting the Dark Arts (PS5).
Interested parties may also consult Gilderoy Lockhart's book Holidays
with Hags (CS4), which
probably can be picked up quite cheaply at Flourish and Blotts, Diagon Alley,
London, UK these days.
For a list of known hags, see here.
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A little one-legged creature, with the appearance of being made of smoke, the hinkypunk carries a light with which it lures travelers into bogs (PA9).
A Mer-horse, with the head and forequarters of a horse and the hindquarters and tail of a giant fish (FB).
hippocampus = (from hippos (horse) + kampos sea-monster) a legendary Greek half-horse half-fish creature often shown in art drawing the chariot of Poseidon (NSOED).
A flying creature with the head, wings, and forelegs of a giant eagle
and the body (including hind legs and tail) of a horse. The eyes are orange,
while individual hippogriff colours vary as those of mundane horses do,
including black, bronze, chestnut, grey, and roan. An adult hippogriff's
wingspan is approximately 24 feet
Hippogriffs are carnivorous and are extremely dangerous until tamed, which should only be attempted by a trained witch or wizard. That said, hippogriffs can and do live on insects, birds, and small animals such as rats and ferrets (FB, GF27, OP6).
A person wishing to approach a hippogriff should maintain eye contact and should bow first; if the animal bows in return, it can be touched and even ridden. Hippogriff owners are required to keep them under Disillusionment Charms to prevent Muggles from seeing them (PA6, FB).
Hogwarts has access to at least a dozen hippogriffs for Care of Magical Creatures lessons; see Buckbeak for an example (PA6).
The hippogriff is a legendary creature born of the union of a horse and a gryphon. Since horses are the natural prey of gryphons, the fact that they would mate makes the hippogriff a symbol of love and impossibility. (The Lexicon page 152).
Neville once had to disembowel an entire barrel full of horned toads while in detention with Snape. Afterward, Ron fantasized about Mad-Eye Moody turning Snape into a horned toad, similar to the 'amazing bouncing ferret' punishment inflicted on Draco Malfoy (GF14).
Poor Neville had quite an evening, it would seem. One can’t help but wonder why anyone would need hundreds of dead lizards, or indeed where Snape would have even found an entire barrel full of them, since they’re native to North American deserts and their population is in decline (and are considered endangered in Texas). The callous way the Wizarding world deals with animals can be very disturbing. (The Lexicon page 159).
(Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2003)
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Twelve palomino horses the size of elephants pull the Beauxbatons
carriage as it flies through the sky. These magnificent animals are very
powerful and require forceful handling. They drink only single-malt whiskey
There are several breeds of winged horses:
- Abraxan - palomino
- Aethonan - chestnut, popular in Britain and Ireland
- Granian - grey, fast
- thestral - black, but see specific entry regarding visibility
Creatures that look like normal human beings but which are not (at least some of the time in the case of werewolves).
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