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Crumple-Horned Snorkack

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“The Crumple-Horned Snorkack ...is a shy and highly magical creature..."
-- Xenophilius Lovegood (DH20)

Elusive, non-flying creature that lives in Sweden, which seems to be very popular among readers of The Quibbler.

  • Luna Lovegood and her father planned to take a trip to Sweden during the summer of 1996  to search for the Snorkack (OP13, OP38).
  • Xenophilius Lovegood was convinced that his dangerous Erumpent horn belonged to a Snorkack, until it exploded and brought part of the house down (DH21).

Commentary

Etymology

Saying that an animal is crumple-horned means that its horns curl in spirals.
snork Eng. a young pig (NSOED).

 

Notes

The Crumple-Horned Snorkack is possibly a reference to the poem "The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carrol , which tells the story of a creature no one can find.

. . . But the Snark is at hand, let me tell you again!
'Tis your glorious duty to seek it!

"To seek it with thimbles, to seek it with care;
To pursue it with forks and hope;
To threaten its life with a railway-share;
To charm it with smiles and soap!

"For the Snark's a peculiar creature, that won't
Be caught in a commonplace way.
Do all that you know, and try all that you don't:
Not a chance must be wasted to-day!

From the Web

Evanna Lynch, the actress who portrayed Luna Lovegood in the films, tweeted that she found a Crumple-Horned Snorkack in June 2014.

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