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hag creature from Muggle legends or mythology

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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 (PA4). 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.


Hebridean Black creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXXXX - Hebrides Islands

See Dragons - Hebridean Black.


Hinkypunk creature from Muggle legends or mythology

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). hippocampus


hippocampus more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order creature from Muggle legends or mythology

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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).


Hippogriff more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order creature from Muggle legends or mythology

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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 (PA6, FB).

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).


Horklump more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

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This garden pest resembles a pinkish mushroom covered with bristles, but is actually a carnivorous animal rather than a plant. Horklumps are the favourite food of gnomes (FB).Horned lizard, Photo courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (c) 2003


horned toad Muggle

Neville once had to disembowel an entire barrel full of web link about horned toadshorned 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)


Horntail, Hungarian creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXXXX - Hungary

See Dragons - Hungarian Horntail.


horse, winged more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order creature from Muggle legends or mythology

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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 (GF15)

There are several breeds of winged horses:


house-elf creature from Muggle legends or mythology

A house-elf is a short intelligent creature with large bat-like ears, enormous eyes, and often a servile attitude (more...)


human-like creatures

Creatures that look like normal human beings but which are not (at least some of the time in the case of werewolves).


Hungarian Horntail creature from Muggle legends or mythology more info in Fantastic Beasts - click here to order

XXXXX - Hungary

See Dragons - Hungarian Horntail.

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