" ... the world’s largest kelpie continues to evade capture in Loch Ness and appears to have developed a positive thirst for publicity."
-- Newt Scamander (FB)
The Kelpie is a carnivorous, shape-shifting water creature, which often takes the shape of a horse (FB)
- Lockhart once gave Hagrid unsolicited advice on how to get kelpies out of a well (CS7).
- The world's biggest and most famous kelpie is the Loch Ness Monster, which is known to give Wizarding authorities some trouble because of it tends to be a bit of a show-off (DP1).
- Will lure victims onto its back before swimming to the bottom of the river or lake it is residing in and devouring them. (FB)
- To overcome a Kelpie, one must place a bridle over its head with a Placement Charm. (FB)
- Muggle-repelling charms will not work with a Kelpie because it is drawn to humans (FB).
- Mr. Ollivander had a request once for a "substandard" wandcore made from the "mane of a kelpie a witch had once met on holiday in Scotland" (Pm).
1747, Scottish, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Gaelic colpach "heifer, steer, colt;" colpa "cow, horse."
In Celtic folklore, the kelpie is a shape-shifting horse which haunts the lochs and rivers. A kelpie looks like a lost pony with a perpetually dripping mane. According to some legends, the kelpie will lure humans into the water to kill and eat them. (The Lexicon page 172).