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Mystical Harry Potter Creatures

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Hippogriff Elf Phoenix Animagus Book/Film Werewolf Basilisk Goblin compared with Ceberus Definition: fearsome and deadly near-wolf can be easily distinguished from regular wolves "I did not know, for a very long time, the identity of the werewolf who had attacked me; I even felt pity for him, thinking that he had had no control, knowing by then how it felt to transform."
—Remus Lupin caused by infection with lycanthropy no known cure the Wolfsbane potion can in any way make a werewolf less dangerous Myth: also known as a lycanthrope (from the Greek "wolf" and "man") a mythological or folkloric human with the ability to shape shift into a wolf held as a European character Transformation after being placed under a curse or affliction (e.g. via a bite or scratch from another werewolf "Please, sir. An Animagus is a wizard who elects to turn into an animal. A werewolf has no choice in the matter."

—Hermione Granger discussing the differences between an Animagus and a werewolf Definition: Wizards who can morph himself into an animal form of one specific animal still thinks as a human does ability to communicate with normal animals Myth: Many indigenous Japanese animals are thought to have magical qualities Most of these are henge, which are shapeshifters In their animal-form they don’t differ from usual animals definition: three-headed dog name: Fluffy Rubeus Hagrid originally purchased Fluffy from a "Greek chappie" great weakness: falling asleep to the sound of music guardian of the Philosophers's stone Hermione: "That thing has a name?"
Hagrid: "'Course he's got a name, he's mine."
— Hermione showing her distaste for Fluffy. Dragon Definition: their mortal weakness: the crowing of a rooster deadly gaze (Phoenixes are immune) indirect eyecontact: -> petrification fangs are full of deadly venom (only known cure: Phoenix tears) powerful enough to destroy a Horcrux bred by Dark Wizards (chicken egg hatched beneath a toad) Of the many fearsome beasts and monsters that roam our land, there is none more curious or more deadly than the Basilisk, known also as the King of Serpents.
—A page from an old library book Myth: huge lizard giant snake three-foot high rooster with a snake's tail and teeth (cockatrice) a shape-shifting dragon fire-breathing and instantaneous killing power of its call weaknesses: weasels crowing of a rooster the sight of its own reflection Unicorn Myth Definition: Goblins are a highly intelligent race of small hominids Goblins are short and dark-skinned They have very long fingers and feet, and some have pointed beards Goblins are capable of using goblin magic They are adept metalsmiths notable for their silverwork They control the wizarding economy to a large extent Harry Potter: "Hagrid, what exactly are these things?"
Rubeus Hagrid: "They're goblins, Harry. Clever as they come, goblins, but not the most friendly of beasts."
— Harry Potter's first experience of goblins A house-elf is self-abusive and devoted to their master Definition: House-elves are small humanoid creatures House-elves are between two to three feet tall, with spindly arms and legs and over-sized heads and eyes They have pointed ears They wear discarded items like pillowcases and tea-towels "The little creature on the bed had large, bat-like ears and bulging green eyes the size of tennis balls."
—Description of Dobby The term “goblin” can apply to many types of magical creatures around the world Supernatural abilities can vary from nation to nation or continent to continent the one unifying feature is a sense of evil, or at least mischievousness An elf is a type of supernatural being in Germanic mythology and folklore The elves were originally imagined as a race of minor nature and fertility gods Elves were thought of as ambivalent beings with certain magical abilities capable of helping or hindering humans The motto of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is “Draco dormiens numquam titillandus”
- Latin for: “Never tickle a sleeping dragon” - giant winged, fire-breathing reptiles - Hagrid, loved and adored dragons (Norbert) Definition: - are kept in dragon reserves many uses: - obstacles - mounts - business - materials -> based on modern design “Wyverns” Myth: one of our oldest mythological creatures Asian and medieval European folklore European dragon Chinese dragon “The blood of a unicorn will keep you alive, even if you are an inch from death, but at a terrible price. You have slain something pure and defenceless to save yourself and you will have a half-life, a cursed life, from the moment the blood touches your lips."
—Firenze to Harry Potter Definition: white , equine creature a single horn on its forehead Purest , beautiful creature in the magical world horn, hair and blood have strong magical power shy and only trust young women Myth: same discribtion depants on culture Japan -> justice India -> guardian against evil China -> goodness and piece Persia -> cruelness 3 headed dog greek mythology weakness: music guarded the gates to the underworld Definition: magical creatures with front of an eagle and back of a horse intensely proud creatures individuals must show proper respect by bowing to them Hippogriffs are tameable, but only by experts can be fiercely loyal and protective Myth: same look but a lion rear replacing the horse rear earliest depiction of griffins are the 15th century BC in Greek the griffin was thought to be an especially powerful and majestic creature and known for guarding treasure "Now, firs' thing yeh gotta know abou' hippogriffs is, they're proud. Easily offended, hippogriffs are. Don't never insult one, 'cause it might be the last thing yeh do."

-Rubeus Hagrid talking to the class about Hippogriffs "Fascinating creatures, phoenixes. They can carry immensely heavy loads. Their tears have healing powers."

—Professor Albus Dumbledore Definition: bird with red and gold plumage and a tail as long as a peacock's bird bursts into flames when it’s time is up rise from the ashes shortly after – immortal phoenix tears are able to heal the song increases the courage of the good Myth: found in different mythologies (Greeks, Romans, Egyptians) same characteristic in abilities and look Conclusion Mystical Harry Potter Creatures “The magical beasties that inhabit Harry Potter's world didn't spring entirely from J. K. Rowling's imagination. Many of them are rooted in centuries-old myths, folklore and even a few real-life freaks.” "When I do use a creature that I know is a mythological entity, I like to find out as much as I can about it. I might not use it, but to make it as consistent as I feel is good for my plot." symbol of being reborn
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