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Native to Brazil, these creatures are red-haired dwarves who live in the forests. Their feet point backwards. They are known to protect other forest creatures when they are threatened by humans.

The Curupira is the mascot of the Brazilian National Quidditch team (DP). They contributed to the mayhem at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup when the mascots of the Fijian and Norwegian teams initiated a bloodbath.

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Etymology

The name 'curupira' comes from the Tupi language kuru'pir, meaning "covered in blisters".

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According to Brazilian folklore, the curupira uses its backward feet to create footprints that lead to its starting point, thus making hunters and travelers confused. They will prey on hunters and poachers that take more than they need, or who attack animals that are taking care of young. They can also create illusions and produce a high-pitched whistle that will drive its victim to madness. (Wikipedia)

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