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NEWT: There’s only one still missing. Dougal, my Demiguise.
TINA: Dougal?
NEWT: Slight problem is that . . . um, he’s invisible.
TINA ...Invisible?
NEWT: Yes – most of the time . . . he does . . . um . . .
TINA: How do you catch something that—
NEWT ...With immense difficulty.
TINA: Oh . . .
-- Tina Goldstein and Newt Scamander (WFT)

Demiguise

The Demiguise is a peaceful, herbivorous creature that can make itself invisible. It resembles an orangutan with large, black eyes and long, silky hair which can be woven into Invisibility Cloaks. The Demiguise is native to the Far East (FB).

They have the ability to foresee the immediate future, using probability. When having a premonition, the Demiguise’s eyes turn from brown to “brilliant blue” (WFT).

  • When describing the power of the second Deathly Hallow, a true Cloak of Invisibility, to Harry, Ron and Hermione Xenophilius Lovegood mentions that a travelling cloak woven with Demiguise hair will hide the wearer initially but fade with the years until it turns opaque (FB).
  • Ug the Unreliable, a shady goblin, organized a Demiguise Derby race and stole the takings (FW).
  • Newt Scamander brought his Demiguise "Dougal" to New York City inside his magical suitcase. Dougal escaped with the other beasts, "babysitting" the giant Occamy snake-bird in a department store with a purse full of chocolates (WFT).
  • Newt's No-Maj friend Jacob paid homage to Dougal with a cookie shaped like a Demiguise made in his bakery (WFT).

 

Commentary

Etymology

demi = half, lesser amount + guise = an external form, typically concealing the true nature of something

Notes

The Invisibilty Cloak that Harry noticed Mundungus carrying in OP2, and the spare Invisibility Cloak one owned by Mad-Eye Moody that Sturgis lost (OP17) could have been one made from Demiguise hair.

Pensieve (Comments)

  • Randall Voigt

    April 8, 2017
    Has anyone else made a connection between Albus Dumbledore and that fantastic beast, the demiguise? From “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone,” we know that Prof. Dumbledore has long silver hair, bright blue eyes, and a fondness for sweets like the demiguise. Also in that novel, we learn that Dumbledore can Apparate soundlessly – it might be that he is especially skilled in Apparition, but he also tells Harry that he does not need a cloak to become invisible. At the end of the novel, speaking about human fondness for wealth and longevity, Dumbledore refers to humans as “them” rather than “us” – is this just a slip of the tongue, or does it mean that he is not human himself? A demiguise’s precognitive sight could explain some of Dumbledore’s advantages in dealing with both friends and foes. Finally, although JK Rowling says she thinks of Dumbledore as humming like a bumblebee because he likes music, “Albus Dumbledore” could also describe a lover of sweets who is white, or pale, or silvery – like a demiguise. I wonder if Prof. Dumbledore (a) is a demiguise, (b) is part demiguise, part human, or (c) is an Animagus who can transform into a demiguise?

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