Here we have five curious creatures found in the wizarding world of Harry Potter! For each animal, I will describe, to the best of my ability, these lovely creatures and where to find them! Sources include pottermore.com, Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, and the Harry Potter series.
The Golden Snidget is an endangered species of magical birds. Their population decreased substantially due to their use in older versions of Quidditch and the fact that their eyes and feathers are highly prized, and so they were hunted. The Golden Snidgets M.O.M. (Ministry Of Magic) Classification is XXXX which means: Dangerous/requires special knowledge/skilled wizard may handle.
According to the book Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, the Golden Snidget is, “Completely round, with a very long, thin beak and glistening, jewel-like red eyes, the Golden Snidget is a highly fast flier that can change direction with uncanny speed and skill, owing to the rotational joints of its wings.”
The Kappa has the M.O.M. Classification of XXXX. It is a Japanese water demon that lives in the shallows of ponds and rivers. It’s often described as a fish-scaled monkey with a hollow on top of its head that holds water. And as Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them says, “The Kappa feeds on human blood but may be persuaded not to harm a person if it is thrown a cucumber with that person’s name carved into it. In
In confrontation, a wizard should trick the Kappa into bowing – if it does so, the water in the hollow of its head will run out, depriving it of all its strength.” So I suggest just not going in search of these creatures.
According to pottermore.com the Hidebehind is, “A vicious, nocturnal beast adept at both disguise and disemboweling. The result of accidental breeding between a Demiguise and a ghoul.” It doesn’t sound too pleasant. Its appearance (when visible) is that it is tall with silver hair and it has the abilities of invisibility and, “Can contort itself to lurk behind any object.” According to the
According to the pottermore.com Hidebehind Fact File. It preys on humans, and only a witch or wizard would stand a chance at surviving its attack. It’s found in North America, especially Massachusetts where it came about. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find it’s M.O.M. Classification.
Anyone who has seen the movie Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them knows the basics of the Demiguise, that it’s an adorable and loving creature that can see the future. As pottermore.com describes it, “Peaceful, ape-like herbivores with the ability to turn invisible when threatened.” According to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, it’s located in the Far East, and only wizards of great skill can catch it.
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them also describes it, “The Demiguise is a peaceful herbivorous beast, something like a graceful ape in appearance, with large, black, doleful eyes more often than not hidden by its hair. The whole body is covered with long, beautiful, silky, silvery hair. Demiguise pelts are highly valued as the hair may be spun into Invisibility Cloaks.”
The Merpeoples M.O.M. Classification is XXXX., also known as Sirens, Merrows, Selkies, etc. Merpeople resemble human appearances but are not human as they have tails and the like. According to Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, “Merpeople exist throughout the world, though they vary in appearance almost as much as humans.
Their habits and customs remain as mysterious as those of the centaur, though those wizards who have mastered the language of Mermish speak of highly organized communities varying in size according to habitat, and some have elaborately constructed dwellings.”
It later goes to explain how Mer in warmer waters are more beautiful and are often depicted in Muggle literature and art, and those in colder waters such as those in Ireland and Scotland are less appealing to the eye. They all share a love for music. Pottermore.com describes them as, “Underwater beasts who have a rocky relationship with the wizarding world.”
And in Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire it says, “The merpeople had grayish skins and long, wild, dark green hair.” The description of the merpeople in The Great Lake gives some evidence of them being Scottish, and according to some further research, the Great Lake is a Scottish loch.
Hopefully, you were entertained by this article and you learned something about a new Fantastic Beast!