Close your eyes and imagine encountering creatures with special abilities or that looked a bit different than your typical farm or jungle animals. Imagine walking along with Newt Scamander on his adventures caring for fantastic beasts or being a student in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class. Have you figured out how to open the hairy Monster Book of Monsters? Would you be excited to learn more since so many of these creatures are just misunderstood? Don’t make any sudden movements. Keep your magic wand handy as we explore just a few magical creatures from a few of our favorite fantasy series.
Harry and friends first encountered the Buckbeak the Hippogriff in The Prisoner of Azkaban. Half horse, half eagle, Hippogriffs are very proud and very dangerous. They will attack with their sharp beaks and long talons if not shown the proper respect. Bow first, wait for the Hippogriff to accept you, then offer a treat or meal. Remember to make eye contact but do not blink too much or they will not trust you. Once respected and accepted, the Hippogriff is very loyal as Harry, Hermione, and Sirius know when they freed Buckbeak.
The phoenix holds a special place in our hearts as Dumbledore’s was so fiercely loyal. This red and gold bird is a faithful creature whose body burns when it fails just to be reborn from the ashes. If you ever get hurt or run into a basilisk, a phoenix is good to have around as its tears have healing properties. According to Mr. Ollivander, wands with phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, but they are often the pickiest when choosing an owner. Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort’s original wands both had feathers from the same phoenix.
Who can forget Picket, the cute and very attached Bowtruckle? Bowtruckles resemble twigs with arms, legs, and eyes. This camouflages them as guardians for their home trees which are usually trees of wand quality wood. Generally peaceful creatures, Bowtruckles use their sharp claws to dig out insects but can defend themselves against an attacker as well. In order to take wood or leaves from a Bowtruckle’s tree, one must offer wood lice or fairy eggs in exchange.
What looks like a small, furry platypus is a little thief in disguise. Nifflers have the snout of a duck-billed platypus and soft, black fur. They look cute, innocent, and cuddly until something sparkles or shines. They stash their findings in an abdominal pouch that seems to hold as much loot as Hermione’s undetectable extension charm. Nifflers are gentle by nature and may even be affectionate, but they can be destructive on their search for sparkles. They are not generally recommended as house pets.
Game of Thrones
The Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire isn’t the only place for amazing, powerful dragons. Some of the most interesting characters in Game of Thrones are not human. While there are plenty of magical creatures to choose from, the dragons are legendary. As the largest and most dangerous creatures, these winged, fire-breathing creatures are rather intimidating. Dragons have become weapons of war and can take out ships or cities with ease. However, only heroes can ride dragons. Do you have what it takes?
Chronicles of Narnia
As magical or mythical beings found in multiple book series, centaurs are popular creatures. They are highly intelligent, strong, loyal, and honorable. With the head and torso of a human and the body of a horse, centaurs are strong and beautiful. They are often portrayed as healers or prophets who can read the stars or tell the future. Just don’t cross them. These centaurs are fiercely loyal to Aslan and Narnia.
Lord of the Rings
Imagine crossing paths with Harry Potter’s whomping willow. If you have ever walked through a forest or even watched trees during a storm, the thought of the trees getting up and walking is rather frightening. Also known as the Onodrim or tree host by the elves, Ents are an old race that inhabited Middle Earth at the same time as the dwarves. Taught to speak by the elves, the Ents guard the forests against orcs and other dangers. They resemble the trees that they protect. Do not cross these guardians and do not harm the other trees. Their punches can crumple iron and they can rip apart rocks.
What are your favorite magical characters? Grab your magic wand and set off on a magical adventure today.