You Top 7 Fantastic Beasts (and why they’re fantastic)

Yellow, it’s Sergio Santamaria, also called Sergos the Legendary Dragon Pok√©mon. For my first post, I thought it seems fair to give credit to some of the Fantastic Beasts in the Harry Potter Universe. A short description will be included along with why they are so cool. (Spoilers!)

1. Thunderbird

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According to Native Americans, the Thunderbird is said to be “an enormous bird-like creature with legendary strength and power”. This bird-like creature is distantly related to a Phoenix and is not one of the physical manifestation of Thunder Beings as believed by Native Americans. Chosen by Chadwick Boot (one of the first students of Ilvermorny) to represent one of four Ilvermorny (North American School of Witchcraft and Wizardry; the Hogwarts of America) houses. Two known magical abilities of the Thunderbird include its ability to sense danger and the powerful ability to create storms as it flies. A Thunderbird named Frank will make its first appearance in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as one of the many creatures residing in Scamander’s Suitcase.

2. Hippogriff

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The Hippogriff in literature is known as a symbol for impossibility and love because of its lineage. Said to be born of a mare and a griffin, which should have been impossible because of the traditional hatred between the two (the old saying “to mate horses with griffins” was pretty much saying “when pigs fly”). It has the front half of an eagle and the back of a horse, very beautiful and regal (not to mention extremely dangerous). While they have no known magical abilities, hippogriffs can still compete against magical beasts. These beasts are extremely proud and must be shown the respect equal to which you would show a royal. They are extremely loyal to those who show them kindness and respect (a worthy Hufflepuff). First mentioned in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the most notable of which being Buckbeak who joined Harry in the Battle of Hogwarts (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows)

3. Niffler

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The Niffler is a creature unknown to all Muggles and No-Majs through history, native to Britain, most likely confused with other non-magical beasts. Black with a long snout, most likely confused by Muggles as a large shrew. These little buggers are living treasure detectors, who keep their bounty in a pocket in their belly with properties similar to and Undetectable-Extension Charm. First introduced in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in Hagrid’s Care of Magical Creatures class. Mentioned in Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix; being magically levitated by Lee Jordan (a student at Hogwarts) into the office of widely hated Headmistress Dolores Umbridge, where its destructive nature indoors was made very apparent. It will make its first appearance on screen in the movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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One of the most known of all magical creatures is the dragon, causing much trouble for Magical Governments when spotted by No-Majs. They vary in appearance depending on appearance but generally are large lizards with wings. Found worldwide this magical creature is by far one of the most dangerous creatures on this list. They made their first appearance in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, a Norwegian Ridgeback named Norbert, raised from and egg by Hagrid until it became too big and was sent with Ron Weasley’s older brother Charlie, who worked with dragons for a living. The latest appearance was in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where one was found as a guardian in Gringotts (wizard bank run by goblins), which was used by the Golden Trio to escape. Their hide repels most spells and curses making it highly valued for protective wear. Not to mention the Ollivanders’ use dragon heartstring as a wand core. Check out some real dragons at The World Reptile Post, while they don’t breathe fire they are just as awesome in their own little way.

5. Demiguise

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Along with the Niffler, the Demiguise has no historical encounters with Muggles. Either mistaken for an ape or because of its ability to turn invisible when threatened. The pelt of a Demiguise is very valuable; the hair of it used to weave Invisibility Cloaks, which were remarkably valuable. Dougal will be the first Demiguise to appear on the big screen along with the Niffler and Thunderbird in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

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Both magical horses are so noble they rival even the Hippogriffs. Winged horses, like dragons, come in a variety of species, but all despite the rules of aviation can fly (like the bee). When properly trained they can be used for transportation. The idea of Pegasus is most definitely derived from these majestic horses. Unicorns are significantly different from their equestrian cousins. These creatures are highly valued; their horn, hair and blood all possessing highly magical properties. They generally avoid human contact but have a strange connection with witches. They are born gold and later turn silver, both have the customary horn on their forehead. Both types of magical horses had a fair share of appearances throughout the Harry Potter series.

7. Owls

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Ah, who can forget the most lovable of all magical creatures, the owl. We will never forget Hedwig, now will we? Impossible since she died for Harry. By far the most important to witches and wizards around the world the faithful owl is used as a messenger. They do not need an address as all postmen and women require to deliver a letter. This is the only thing that owls can do that is remotely magical, but they are by far my favorite magical creature. They like Hippogriffs are extremely loyal to their owner, they are however extremely expensive so it is common for there to be only one per household and in the absence of one the use of a Postal Owl. Appearing throughout the Harry Potter series bringing the post and letters, and one special occasion a Nimbus 2000.

Let me know what you think of the list. Comment down below if there are any magical creatures that you would’ve like on the list or if your favorite is on here say that too! For anyone wondering why I didn’t put magical creatures such as House-elves, Goblins and Centaurs, I myself do not consider them beasts, they, in my opinion, are Magical Beings similar to humans.

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