• Creature Fairies are tiny creatures that look like perfectly formed humans with insect wings.  … Read More
• Magical discipline Fairies have their own weak form of magic, which they use primarily to avoid being eaten by predators. According to Scamander, fairies are held to have very limited intelligence, and they do not use any form of language that humans understand (but see languages) (FB).  … Read More
• Creature A raptor; found worldwide, except Antarctica. Read More
• Character Fang was Hagrid’s pet and companion, an enormous black boarhound (PS8, GF13) with a booming bark (CS15). The boarhound is another name for the Great Dane. Boarhounds have a reputation for being gentle, even with small children, even though they earned their name… Read More
• Books and Literature Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by Newt Scamander was a standard reference work devoted to the amazing variety of magical creatures of the world. The book was originally commissioned in 1918 and published in 1927 by Obscurus Books, and has been updated constantly ever since. Read More
• Source Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a Muggle version of the venerable guide to magical creatures, which is known all through the Wizarding world. Fantastic Beasts is used as a textbook at Hogwarts, and this edition has marks and scribbles throughout purportedly from Harry and his… Read More
• Event Augustus Worme of Obscurus Books commissions the young Newt Scamander to write a guide of magical beasts. The result is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, first published in 1927, a book which has been an approved Hogwarts textbook ever since and gone into 52 editions. Scamander takes at the opportunity… Read More
• Event Eight years after the book was commissioned and Newt Scamander started travelling the world in search of magical creatures, Obscurus Books publishes the guide. Fifty-two editions of the book have now been published as of the late 1990s, and it has been an approved textbook at Hogwarts since its original… Read More
• Creature A gift for Lily Potter from her uncle prior to the start of the Hogwarts school year, this was one of three gifts given by Ron Weasley to the Potter children. James got a comb that turned his hair pink and Albus received a love potion (CC1.7). Read More
• Character Fawkes was the pet phoenix of Albus Dumbledore, who used what appears to be one of Fawkes’ scarlet body-feathers as a quill (OP38). The wands of  Harry and Voldemort each contain a feather from Fawkes’ tail (GF36). When Fawkes is asked to keep watch and give warning, or… Read More
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Fawkes, Professor Dumbledore’s phoenix, has played a prominent role in the first four Harry Potter books. With the fifth book reportedly titled Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, it is worthwhile to speculate about Fawkes’ past. There is strong support in J. K. Rowling’s canon for the theory that… Read More
• Source The series of five films, beginning with “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” tells the story of Newt Scamander’s adventures around the globe and the rise to power and eventual defeat of Gellert Grindelwald between 1926 and 1945 (JKR:Tw). The screenplays are by J.K. Rowling. The titles of each… Read More
• Source A short video of Rowling discussing the main character of her film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, interspersed with clips from the film. Read More
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Professor Lupin‘s first class with the third-year Gryffindors covers boggarts, which shapeshift into a form that the person who encounters it will find the most frightening.  As humans grow and age, they compile more experiences, which result in unique personalities, a deeper capacity for emotions, and more… Read More
• Character Fenrir Greyback was a werewolf, low-level Death Eater, and friend of the Malfoy family. He killed for fun and especially enjoyed infecting children. Greyback was a follower of Voldemort since at least 1970s, though he was in it for the access to victims, not for ideological reasons. Read More
• Creature A ferret is a weasel-like animal typically kept as a pet. Read More
• Character Arabella Doreen Figg is a Squib, living in a house on Wisteria Walk in Little Whinging, Surrey. Mrs. Figg is an original member of The Order of the Phoenix and for fifteen years was assigned the task of watching over Harry Potter, who was growing up two… Read More
• Countries A beautiful South Pacific island nation, Fiji is the native habitat of the Fire Crab. Hundreds of miles of coastline there have been turned into a Fire Crab reservation (FB). Read More
• Creatures' homes, lairs, and territories • Nature preserves The Fijian Fire Crab Reserve is a coastal area set aside to protect the native magical Fire Crab population of Fiji. Fire crabs require protection not only from Muggles but also from wizard poachers who hunt the creatures for their valuable shells. The reservation is hidden away somewhere… Read More
• Sports teams The Fijian National Teams are from the country of Fiji in Oceania, an area in the Southern Pacific Ocean. Quidditch The Fijian Quidditch team were in the playoffs of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup held in Argentina (Pm). Their team mascots, the Dukuwaga, were involved… Read More
• Incantations Finestra is the incantation of a spell used by Newt Scamander to shatter the window of a jewelry shop while trying to catch his runaway Niffler in New York City (WFT). Read More
• Character Finn was a Bowtruckle who lived in Newt Scamander’s case (WFT). Read More
• Creature The Fire Crab (or fire-crab)is a magical creature which looks like a tortoise with a jeweled shell. The Fire Crab can shoot fire out of its rear end. It is constantly in danger of being killed for its shell, which unscrupulous wizards will use as cauldrons.  The fire crab is native to Fiji,… Read More
• Creature Firedrakes are magical creatures that emit a trail of sparks behind them when they fly (CG). Read More
• Character Firenze is a centaur with white-blond hair, palomino body, and blue eyes (PS15). He trusts humans more than the rest of the centaurs; he let Harry ride on his back in order to bring him to a safe place and helped him understand that Voldemort was lurking in the Forbidden Forest and planning to get the Philosopher’s… Read More
• Event Harry and Draco are on detention in the Forbidden Forest along with Fang when they view a monstrous hooded creature beside a dead unicorn drinking the animal’s silvery blood. As the creature turns to stare and then crawls on the ground towards them, Draco screams and runs away with Fang,… Read More
• Creature The fire slug is a magical creature that lives in the Brazilian rainforests. Newt Scamander is currently studying them (fw73). Read More
• Food and drinks A sweet available in Honeydukes. Ron describes them as “massive sherbet balls that make you levitate a few inches off the ground…” (PA5). They are rumored to be made with dried Billywig stings (FB, BN). Read More
• Character Basil Flack was the sixth Minister for Magic only two months in 1752, when he resigned (from fear?) due to a sudden Goblin-Werewolf alliance (Pm). Read More
• Character Flavius Belby survived a Lethifold attack while in Papua New Guinea in 1782. He wrote about the experience, revealing for the first time the existence of this terrible creature and also the fact that a Patronus Charm will drive a Lethifold away. Belby had at… Read More
• Event The attack comes while he is while holidaying in Papua New Guinea. Belby wards off the creature by conjuring a patronus (FB). While Belby is considered the only wizard to survive a lethifold attack (FW, FB), Celestina Warbeck’s mother, a Muggle woman, is another survivor of a lethifold attack (Pm). Read More
• Character Laurentia Fletwock was a breeder (and racer) of winged horses. She also campaigned to restrict travel by brooms (JKR, WoM). Read More
• Character Fleur Isabelle Delacour is a talented part-Veela witch who was the Beauxbatons champion for the 1994-1995 Triwizard Tournament (GF16). She married Bill Weasley in August 1997. Triwizard Tournament and Hogwarts Initially, Fleur is a bit haughty and dismissive. She attended the Yule Ball of December 1994 with Roger Davies… Read More
• Potion ingredients The mucus exuded by a flobberworm is sometimes used to thicken potions (FB). One of Harry’s detentions with Professor Snape entailed sorting out flobberworms for use in Potions class (HBP11)… Read More
• Creature The flobberworm is a ten-inch, toothless brown worm which eats vegetation, preferring lettuce. The mucus exuded by a flobberworm is sometimes used to thicken potions (FB). Read More
• Hogwarts castle and grounds Also known as the Forbidden Corridor, this is where Fluffy guarded the trapdoor to the hiding place of the Philosopher’s Stone. Students are advised to avoid it if they do not wish to die a painful death, as per Albus Dumbledore’s welcome speech at the beginning of Harry Potter’s first year. Read More
• Character Fluffy was very dangerous, very large three-headed dog owned for a short time by Rubeus Hagrid. About a year before Harry’s first year at Hogwarts, Hagrid purchased Fluffy from a Greek man in one of the local pubs (probably the Hog’s Head). (PS11)… Read More
• Transportation A huge powder blue flying carriage as big as a house was used by the Beauxbatons students to attend the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts. The carriage was drawn by twelve gigantic Abraxans, bred by Madame Maxime, the headmistress of Beauxbatons (GF15, OP20, HBP30). Read More
• Event After telling Harry and Ron what he knows about the Chamber of Secrets and its monster, Aragog indicates to his family that they are allowed to eat the boys and Fang. Just in time, the Ford Anglia, which appears to have “gone wild” in the Forbidden Forest and developed sentience… Read More
• Ministry of Magic A large fountain located in the Atrium of the Ministry of Magic. Standing in the midst of of the fountain’s pool are a group of larger-than-life-sized golden statues depicting a wizard and witch surrounded by a centaur, a goblin, and a house-elf. The witch and wizard are standing heroically while the… Read More
• Character Frank was a giant Thunderbird rescued from captivity in Egypt by Newt Scamander in the 1920s and smuggled into New York inside his suitcase. In Egypt, Frank had been kept cruelly chained by his leg, but inside Newt’s case he lived in a replica of the Arizona desert, his native… Read More
• Creature A kind of fish, shaped like a ball with two long, rubbery legs and webbed feet. The freshwater plimpy is a species of the plimpy, Xenophilius Lovegood uses it for soup. Read More
• Character Fridwulfa was a giantess. She was the mother of Hagrid, but abandoned her human family around 1931. She had another child, a son named Grawp, by another giant (OP20). Read More
• Creature Frogs are amphibians found in both wizarding and Muggle areas. Ron has a big one in a tank in his bedroom at the Burrow (was filled with frog spawn before) (GF5). They also live in the Weasleys’ garden pond (CS3). Frogs are used in potion-making (CS8). Read More
• Potion ingredients Ordinary frogs have several magical uses, but none of them end well for the frogs. Read More
• Potion ingredients Quite valuable, as they can serve as ingredients in love potions or may be eaten whole as a cure for ague. These uses are quite appropriate as Ashwinder eggs are so flammable that they will ignite a dwelling within minutes if they are not frozen as soon as possible . Read More
• Creature Furballs are small furry humming creatures the same color as custard. These creatures were available for sale in the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley (PA4). Read More
• Character Dymphna Furmage was a witch who was terrified of pixies after being abducted by some while on holiday in Cornwall (FW43). Read More
• Quote “Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my ‘furry little problem’ in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.”… Read More
• Creature The Fwooper is a magical African bird with brightly-colored feathers. The song of the Fwooper will drive the listener insane, so the birds are sold with a Silencing Charm on them (FB). In the book Ancient Runes Made Easy, the Fwooper symbol symbolises the number 4… Read More