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

Crumple-Horned Snorkacks

Crumple-Horned Snorkacks are elusive, non-flying, and probably imaginary creatures which live in Sweden. Snorkacks are very popular amongst 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). At one point, Xenophilius Lovegood was convinced that a dangerous Erumpent horn hanging in his sitting room belonged to a Snorkack, until it exploded and brought part of the house down (DH21). After becoming a famous wizarding naturalist, Luna searched for the Snorkack for many years but never found it (BLC).

Commentary

Etymology

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

 

Notes

Rowling's comments on Luna's lifelong search for the Snorkack:

Luna became a very famous wizarding naturalist who discovered and classified many new species of animals (though, alas, she never did find a Crumple-Horned Snorkack and had, finally, to accept that her father might have made that one up) (BLC).

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!

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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