Fantastic Beasts – Update 5/9/21

I have a deeply hidden addiction to . . . . Harry Potter!!!  I’ve read and watched all the movies and continue to search for other cool info – about the beasts in HP.  So, every few days I’ll write a bit about a couple of them. Dr. Deb

“The Department of Registration of Control of Magical Creatures”
gives classifications to all known beasts, beings, and spirits.

Below is an at-a-glance guide to the perceived
dangerousness levels of each creature.
– There are 5 categories –

 

The Grindylow – M.O.M. Classification:  XX (5/9/21)

A horned, pale-gree water demon, the Grindylow is found in lakes throughout Britain and Ireland.  It feeds on small fish and is aggressive towards wizards and Muggles alike, though merpeople have been known to domesticate it.  The Grindylow has very long fingers, which, though they exert a powerful grip, are easy to break.

The Hidebehind – Accidently Created – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION: XXXX – (5/9/21)

The Hidebehind is an accidentally created species, imported to North America by Old World crook Phineas Fletcher. Fletcher, a trader in banned artifacts and creatures, had intended to import a trafficked Demiguise into the New World, with the aim of manufacturing invisibility cloaks.  The Hidebehind escaped on board the ship and bred with a stowaway ghoul. Their resultant offspring took off into Massachusetts forests when Phineas’s ship docked, and their descendants continue to infest the region today.

The Hidebehind is nocturnal and has the power of invisibility.  Those who have seen it, describe a tall, silver-haired creature, something like a skinny bear.  Its preferred prey is humans, which Magizoologiss speculate is the result of the cruelty with which Phineas Fletcher was known to treat the unfortunate creatures in his power.

Just Learned!!

Rowling and Harry Share A Birthday!  They both blow out candles on July 31.  And, that not the only influence Rowling had on her characters:  She’s said that Hermione was a bit like her when she was younger, and her favorite animal is an otter – which is, of course, Hermione’s Patronus.  Plus, both Dumbledore and Rowling like sherbet lemons! (Rowling said that the wizards “got good taste”).

The best part is . . .. she invented the names of the Hogwarts Houses on the back of a barf bag!  Love that!!!

The Niffler – A Bristish Beast – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION OF: XXX

Fluffy, black, and long-snouted with a predilection for anything glittery.  They are often kept by goblins to burrow deep into the earth for treasures. Though the Niffler is gentle and even affectionate, it can be destructive to belongings and should never be kept in a house.  Nifflers live in lairs up to twenty feet below the surface and produce six to eight young in a litter.

The Nogtail – Demons Found in Rural Areas – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION OF: XXX

They are found in rural areas of Europe, Russia, and the Americas.  They resemble stunted piglets with long legs, thick stubby tails, and narrow black eyes. The Nogtail creep into a sty and suckle ordinary sows alongside her own young. The longer the Nogtail is left undetected, and the bigger it grows, the longer the blight on the farm into which it has entered.

It is exceptionally fast and difficult to catch, though if chased beyond the boundaries of a farm by a pure white dog, it will never return.  The Department of Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures (Pest Sub-Division) keeps a dozen albino bloodhounds for this purpose.

The Phoenix – Lives On Mountain Peaks – M.O.M. CLASSIFICATION OF: XXXX

The phoenix is a magnificent, swan-sized, scarlet bird with a long golden tail, beak, and talons. It nests on mountain peaks and is found in Egypt, India, and China. The phoenix lives to an immense age as it can regenerate, bursting into flames when its body begins to fail and rising again from the ashes as a chick.

The phoenix is a gentle creature that has never been known to kill and only eats herbs (yummy!).  Like the Diricawl, it can disappear and reappear at will. The song of a Phoenix is magical:  It is reputed to increase the courage of the pure of heart and to strike fear into the hearts of the impure.  Phoenix tears have powerful healing powers.

The Pixie – Inhabits deep Lakes – M.O.M. Classification:  XXX

The Pixie is mostly found in Cornwall, England.  Electric blue in color, up to eight inches in height, and very mischievous, the pixie delights in tricks and practical jokes of all descriptions.  Although wingless, it can fly and has been known to seize unwary humans by the ears and deposit them at the tops of tall trees and buildings.  Pixies produce a high-pitched jabbering intelligible only to other pixies.  They bear live young.

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