Mythological monster

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A creature from Greek and Roman mythology, depicted as a female monster in the form of a bird with a human face. The Holyhead Harpies take their name from this creature (QA7). The fearsome bird-like form taken by the Veela has been described as “harpy-like” (Pm).

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One might guess that in the Potter universe, harpies aren't actually mythological at all.

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