-- Lavender Brown, upon first seeing a Skrewt
"I can certainly see why we're trying to keep them alive.
Who wouldn't want pets that can burn, sting, and bite all at once?"
-- Draco Malfoy
The Blast-Ended Skrewt is a stange hybrid creature bred by Hagrid at
Hogwarts in the fall of
by crossing manticores
Newly-hatched skrewts looked like pale, slimy, deformed, shell-less lobsters.
They had no heads but had legs sticking out at odd angles. The creatures
were about six inches long and smelled strongly of rotten fish. Sparks
flew out from their ends every so often which propelled them forward a
few inches. Some skrewts had stings--Hagrid suspected that these were the
males--and the females had suckers on their bellies to suck blood
After two months, the skrewts were about three feet long and extremely
ill-tempered. When kept together, they attacked and killed each other. They
developed gray, shiny armor and began to look like a cross between giant
scorpions and elongated crabs. They still expelled fire from one end,
although since they had no heads it was difficult to determine which end
that was. This blast of flame shot the skrewt in the opposite direction
several yards (GF18).
By December, the skrewts were six feet long. They held their stings arched
over their backs and were extremely dangerous and repulsive
By June, they were ten feet long
and had become incredibly dangerous, fearsome creatures. They looked loke
a gigantic scorpions with stings curled over their backs. Their armor reflected
magic spells and it used its firey blast to hurl itself at its foe. It's
single undefended spot is its fleshy, armor-less underside. Hagrid placed
a full-grown skrewt in the maze for the
third task of the
Triwizard Tournament. Harry defeated it with a luckily-aimed
Impediment Curse in
its belly (GF31).
Hagrid started in September with several hundred skrewts. By the following
June, there were almost none left -- all we know of is the one that was in
the maze. This isn't surprising since they have no mouths and apparently
don't eat, added to the fact that they pretty much killed each other off.
All in all, it would seem that Hagrid's experiment in breeding magical
creatures wasn't much of a success. We might guess that the final remaining
specimen, once it recovered from the curse, was released into the
forbidden forest, where all
wild things are released in the end