Those fantastic, errant beasts! While wizards may get to study Newt Scamander’s esoteric textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, we Muggles are left uninformed about the nature of these strange creatures – which can prove dangerous should you come face to face with the wrong one.
If you have perchanced to see the recent film adaptation of Scamander’s most respected tome, you may have a better idea of what the magical creatures of J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World are capable of, but it doesn’t hurt to do bit of extra research in your spare time. Let’s take a look at seven of the weirdest breeds of fantastic beast, and what to expect should they appear in the Muggle world.
The niffler is a harmless creature, though disturb one when it’s working for a goblin and you may find yourself in hot water. These mole-like beasts are attracted to all things shiny, which is one reason why they’re frequently put to work by goblins to burrow for treasure. Despite their peaceful nature, should you find one lost from its family you’re recommended to keep it outdoors – they can be somewhat destructive when it comes to other people’s belongings.
Are you sure that isn’t a bowtruckle hiding in your houseplant? The magical stick-insect is a peaceful creature until you threaten its habitat. Then you might witness the wrath of its long, sharp fingers! Fortunately, they’re rarely to be found in such domestic settings, instead finding their vocation in the guarding of wand-wood trees.
Even when travelling in their native Far East, you’d do well to spot a demiguise in the wild – they turn invisible when threatened, and might otherwise get away with passing for a monkey. Should your inner Cruella de Vil be stirred into action, though, you’ll be in for a surprise – for the pelt of the demiguise can be used to weave invisibility cloaks.
Common Welsh Green Dragon
We Muggles can’t be quite sure just how ‘common’ the Welsh Green Dragon is, seeing how the Ministry of Magic makes it their job to wipe our memories of any encounters. That said, they prefer to stay clear of human company – but you’ll want to watch out for hungry ones getting too close to your sheep.
The phoenix-like Thunderbird, native to Arizona, is “large enough to carry off a moose” – but that’s the least of its power. In addition, this noble creature of the air has the power to create storms when they flap their wings. Thunderbird tail-feathers can also be used as wand core.
“Harry, they’re just vicious, giants,” explains Ron Weasley in Goblet of Fire. “It’s in their natures, they’re like trolls… they just like killing, everyone knows that.” They’re also very big. So now you know about giants!
With “greyish skin and long, wild, dark green hair”, according to Harry himself, Merpeople are sentient beasts who live underwater. They live in organized communities and even make their own jewellery and weapons – but they remain beasts, strictly speaking, because they refused to be categorized as ‘beings’. They did not want to be given the same status as Hags and Vampires.
While not all the fantastic beasts of the world are strictly dangerous to Muggles, the wizarding world is a tricky place where a foot set wrong can get you in all kinds of unpredicted trouble. Be sure to behold these fantastic beasts with the awe they deserve!
Source: Sykes Cottages