Harry Potter is a well-known and well-loved franchise. It’s the series that got an entire generation interested in reading (for pleasure. That is not just because they were assigned material for that school year). The series has captivated audiences of all ages.
Yes, grown-ups may have liked the editions with the darker, edgier, grown-up covers. But it’s still the same book on the inside. The entire “for all ages” idea applies here, just like it does with a solid Nintendo console.
There’s something special about J.K. Rowling’s world. It’s modern and approachable. Yet it’s entrenched in the Medieval idea of huge castles illuminated by burning torches. It’s familiar, yet utterly original and one-of-a-kind. Rowling combines fantastical themes such as wizards, dragons, and trolls with the hustle and bustle of every day (or rather, Muggle) life.
Along the trip, Harry encounters numerous dragons and writes on parchment with a quill. But he also sits on the London tube, drawing some odd stares from fellow travelers (because the gigantic Hagrid is with him).
This is also reflected in the wide range of magical creatures that Harry encounters. There are fantasy classics like dragons, trolls, and unicorns. But there are also a plethora of interesting animals created by Rowling herself.
Let’s have a look at some of the Top Harry Potter Creatures List featured in the series, from the modest Flobberworm to the monstrous Lethifold.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Flobberworm
That’s right, pals. We’re starting things off properly, with the most tiresome, nasty, and slimy-leaking monster in the franchise. If there’s a Harry Potter food chain. This is at the very bottom. Even a passing House Elf might scare these creatures into giving up their lunch money.
The Flobberworm is a dull brown worm known only for two things. The slime it secretes from both ends (which can be beneficial in potion-making) and the fact that it can grow to be rather large. Flobberworms may grow to be around 10 inches long, which is… well, that’s a very big worm.
Aside from that, there’s nothing noteworthy to say about them. But don’t be concerned. When you reach Literal Flobberworm on the boring-o-meter. There is only one way to go.
Power-wise, Gnomes aren’t much more powerful than the Flobberworm. But we’re taking things gently here. Don’t worry. There will be some big, slathering dragons coming up later that will smash your poor, fleshly little carcass into hunks of defeated spam.
If you’ve read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the second installment in the series. You’ll know that the Weasleys have a gnome infestation in the yard of their very magical home, The Burrow. The gnomes of this universe are potato-y looking small animals with huge heads, not the charming little men with fishing poles and white beards we’re used to seeing.
The Weasleys drive them out of their yard by spinning them over their heads (to dizzy them) and then flinging them over the wall, hoping they won’t be able to find their way back. They’re quite innocuous, but if provoked, they may administer a nasty tiny bite.
That’s right, pals. You saw one of these tiny fellas in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and fell in love with it right away, wanting to adopt fifteen of them for yourself. Don’t be concerned; nearly everyone who saw that movie did. You’re not by yourself.
But Nifflers are more than just super-cute, naughty tiny furry slices of gorgeous furriness. When combined with their mole-like proclivity to dig, dig, and dig some more. Their quest for anything and anything sparkly can be detrimental.
If you bring a Niffler into your home as a pet. You won’t have a home for much longer. These burrowing British creatures will devastate the area faster than a swarm of children at a birthday party.
The Doxy is known as the Biting Fairy, which probably tells you all you need to know about its evil intentions (and its tiny stature).
These tiny winged humanoid creatures may be differentiated from fairies by their additional limbs and the black hair that covers their bodies. They may appear as menacing as a sleeping Flobberworm. But they are armed with a lethal weapons. Razor-sharp fangs that inject poison into the person who is bitten.
When you combine this with their proclivity to lurk in dark, damp locations and startle anyone who stumbles upon them. You’ve got a genuine threat on your hands. In the novel Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. The residents of Grimmauld Place face an invasion of Doxies, which proves to be a genuine fight.
Some Potterheads may believe this is a little too high a rating for the modest Bowtruckle. It’s still early in the game. But come on. Isn’t this just a bunch of stick insects?
Yes, indeed. That’s probably what most woodcutters thought just before their eyeballs popped out of their heads and landed on the forest floor.
Bowtruckles are tiny forest guardians found in the forests of the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, and other parts of Europe. If the tree they live in is threatened. They will charge the ‘attacker’ and try to tear their eyeballs out with their tiny-yet-vicious clawed claws.
Yes, they’re entirely placid and terribly timid most of the time, but don’t underestimate a Bowtruckle.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The House Elf
Imagine how the poor old House Elves feel when their strength levels are continuously underestimated and snarked on. Not only do they have to prepare massive, extravagant feasts for the residents of Hogwarts (and have you seen the types of school meals they offer here? Dobby was there, unclogging the Malfoys’ toilets and all that sort of stuff.
Being a House Elf is not easy. Nonetheless, there’s no denying that these tiny men and girls possess some potent charm of their own. Once Harry had liberated Dobby from the Malfoys’ captivity, the small elf easily resisted Lucius Malfoy’s attack, sending him tumbling on the floor.
House Elves can appear in places where witches and wizards cannot, and they can even transport humans with them. There’s no denying that Dobby was a powerful combatant in his own right.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Mandrake
The Mandrake appears in the next episode of “Magical Creatures That Appear Pathetic But Will Completely Ruin You And Your Life If You Cross Them.”
Mandrakes have long been a staple of mythology, a strange plant-humanoid hybrid that may or may not (depending on the narrative) have a deadly cry or otherwise doom those who dig it up.
The magical Mandrake from the Harry Potter books also makes an appearance in Chamber of Secrets, re-potted as part of a second-year Herbology lecture.
Because these are seedlings, they lack the deadly shriek of adult Mandrakes, yet they would still put the pupils out for several hours if they heard it. As a result, the earmuffs.
That’s a lot of power and a lot of frightening all packed up in a small box.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Unicorn
Friends, we’re now taking. The Unicorn may not have venomous bites, tremendous strength, or sharp, angry tiny claws, but this gorgeous beast is right up there when it comes to extremely magical creatures.
Over the years, folklore has assigned many traits to Unicorns, and the version of the animal shown in Harry Potter draws diverse components from them. The blood of the Unicorn is proven to have great abilities in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, keeping Voldemort/Quirrell’s head-thing alive but damning him/it cruelly in the deal.
These mythical species, like Centaurs, are powerful in a unique way. Fighters? Perhaps not, but they are held in high regard in the magical realm. The lesson here is to leave them alone and let them do their thing in peace.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Hippogriff
The mythological Hippogriff is a creature that is half eagle and half horse and is another recognizable (and delightfully odd) creature from real-world tradition.
In the universe of Harry Potter, Hagrid acquires one, calls it Buckbeak, and attempts to tame it. In his defense, it’s hardly the most dangerous animal Hagrid has ever seen, and he does manage in taming his beloved ‘Beaky’ to some level.
Again, when it comes to Hippogriffs, it’s all about respect. Buckbeak wounded Draco Malfoy because he didn’t heed Hagrid’s instructions on how to manage the beast. Sure, he earned it, but that only goes to prove that you don’t like furious Hippogriffs. They’re not as frightening as some of the animals we’re about to meet, by a long shot.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Troll
Next, we have one of the most well-known fantasy motifs in the book. When working in the fantasy genre, you call on the troll when you need a huge, brute-strength kind of beast that isn’t too big in the intellect area.
The mountain troll encountered by Hermione, Harry, and Ron in the film adaptation of The Sorcerer’s Stone appears completely ridiculous. We don’t want to traumatize the youngsters who are watching this early in the series, do we (save it for the Dementors in a few years)? Even still, it was a massive, towering beast, and the club it was wielding would have terminated any of the trio’s cinematic careers.
According to tradition, they’re very dumb but darn powerful and aggressive. That’s not a winning combo.
Werewolves are difficult to rate in terms of power level. There are so many variables to consider in this case. For one thing, most Werewolves are normal old mortal, squishy humans, so part of it will depend on the person.
These kinds of issues are compounded even more in Harry Potter. Fenrir Greyback and Remus Lupin are two extremely distinct types of Werewolves. Lupin is unwell and hesitant to shift, and his hairy shape throughout the film reflects this.
Greyback, on the other hand, is half-beast most of the time and doesn’t even require the full moon to hunt.
Leaving aside all of these problems, the truth remains that Werewolves are nearly unique in actively seeking humans as their favorite prey, which is… well, we tend to frown on that sort of thing.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Sphinx
In general, the Harry Potter films did an excellent job of capturing the enchantment of the novels (especially compared to some other franchises we could mention). However, compromises were unavoidable, and one of the most unpleasant was the maze from the third task of the Triwizard Tournament. There were all kinds of intriguing animals roaming the hedge maze in the novel, which would have been fantastic to see on screen.
Friends, there was a Sphinx in there. Rowling’s interpretation of the monster is, once again, based on legend, picturing a clever, bright entity with a human head on a lion’s body.
In general, it is only harmful when the wealth it guards is endangered or when intruders answer its riddles poorly.
Harry Potter Creatures List: The Phoenix
We’ve all heard about the legendary phoenix. While it isn’t a physically intimidating or strong monster, in terms of sheer strength, this bird (whose size fluctuates from eagle-like to ostrich-like, depending on the tale you’re reading) may be reborn in its own flames and start over. Who wouldn’t want to be able to do that when the grey hairs begin to appear?
Rowling’s version of the Phoenix is much more highly magical than the famous beast from Greek and Roman mythology. Dumbledore’s own Fawkes can bear enormous burdens, and its tears can heal virtually any harm.
It’s also a very clever beast, as shown during Harry’s combat with the basilisk in Chamber of Secrets.
Could Dumbledore have had a more evocative pet?
Given that Hogwarts Castle is located in the Scottish highlands, it’s only natural that we add a mythological beast from Scottish folklore to our list.
The kelpie is likely fresh in the minds of all fans, having stolen the show in a sequence in the latest Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. It’s an evil aquatic monster from Britain and Ireland that takes several various forms but is most frequently depicted as a horse in the series.
Its party trick is to lure people into riding it before diving into the sea and devouring the rider beneath the surface. Rowling informs us that to beat a kelpie, witches and wizards may use a placement charm to install a saddle on its back, which will render it tame. What about us Muggles? So… don’t ride strange horses with bulrush manes. That’s probably the best option.
Yes, indeed. Friends, here we go. We’re not fooling around anymore. The final group of monsters on this list are very fearsome. First, we have the one that was bound to be every arachnophobe’s worst nightmare.
Simply described, the Acromantula is a massive spider. Aragog, Hagrid’s beloved pet was originally thought to be the monster who dwelt in the Chamber of Secrets (we’ll meet the true culprit in a few of entries’ time).
Acromantula is very hazardous intelligent animals capable of human communication. Most significantly, we’re talking about spiders with leg spans of up to fifteen feet. That’s a very firm, very definitive, and very final no from us.
What the hell were you thinking, Hagrid? Even the Blast-Ended Skrewts were cuter.
Yes, indeed. We’ve seen a number of classic mythological monsters get a Harry Potter makeover. Trolls, unicorns, hippogriffs, sphinxes, and werewolves are all well and dandy, but we must remember one of Rowling’s original inventions, one of the most terrifying creatures in the series: the heinous dementor.
These ugly, hooded monsters have the ability to drain their victims of all enjoyment and resistance. They were notably hired (if that’s the proper word) as prison guards at Azkaban, a position they excelled at until, you know, they joined Voldemort and let all their prisoners escape. That’s the type of thing that will deduct a point or two from your TripAdvisor rating.
Nonetheless, we’ve all witnessed how terrifying these animals are and what they’re capable of. One of the most terrifying themes in the series is the Dementor’s Kiss, in which the creature swallows the victim’s whole soul, leaving them empty yet still alive.
The Hungarian Horntail
Yes, indeed. We’ve already established that Hagrid has no qualms about having more unusual creatures. If a lizard is a little too much for you, don’t even bother coming to Hagrid’s. He’s had a dragon, a massive three-headed dog (called Fluffy), and a variety of other abominations throughout his time. How terrifying does the Hungarian Horntail have to be for the guy himself to say it’s “a pretty [difficult] piece of work?”
Of course, this dragon species is native to Hungary and is widely regarded as one of the most deadly and ferocious dragons on the planet. It has a reptile look, a nasty temperament, and many more spines and spikes than any creature should have.
That’s correct. The Lethifold is a bit of a surprise, as it is considerably less well-known than some of the other fearsome creatures on our list. Nonetheless, it is said to be connected to the Dementor in some manner and is every bit as intimidating. Plus a little something extra. Fans who are in the know are well aware of what a terrifying invention this creature is. Remember when The Crimes of Grindelwald released promotional photos of the above, and Lethifold-bells began to ring?
The Lethifold is an extremely uncommon species that has only been seen in the tropics. It has the appearance of a gloomy, black cloak and moves around in the same way that dementors do.
It is most feared for its proclivity for hunting humans, as well as its technique of doing so: it stealthily creeps into dwellings, choking sleeping victims and devouring them on the spot, leaving nothing but an empty bed.
So there you have it. We apologize if you’re reading this right before going to bed. The good news is that, like dementors, the Patronus charm has shown to be highly successful in repelling them.
The Lethifold may be esoteric, but even if you’ve only briefly dipped in the series, you’re certainly familiar with this huge scaly terror.
That’s correct. Aragog the Acromantula was thought to be the beast that dwelt within the Chamber of Secrets during the initial event. But, as we found, it was a basilisk, a fabled snake with extremely powerful poison and a lethal gaze.
The basilisk (or, rather, the skin it had lately shed) “must be 60 feet long… or more,” Ron says in the film. There is a significant disparity here (the text merely states that it is “at least twenty feet long”), yet This is more than enough dang snake to go around, no matter how you slice it. What a monster.
It was difficult to select a clear winner up here among the Basilisk, Hungarian Horntail, and other such strong mystical animals. We’re going to go with the Chimaera, and if you ever came across one while taking a shortcut through a dark alley at night, you wouldn’t think twice about it.
While the Hippogriff and Centaur are strange hybrids of two separate species’ traits, the Chimaera takes one step farther. It has the body of a goat, the tail of a dragon, and the head of a lion.
Later in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, the tale goes that a Chimaera is loose on the school grounds, which is definitely disturbing given the description of the beast in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
“There is only one known case of a successful Chimaera slaughter, and the unfortunate wizard involved fell to his [death] from his winged steed shortly thereafter, tired by his efforts.”
Hagrid, the world’s biggest admirer of terrible animals, once said that Chimaeras would be an excellent, intriguing topic to learn about in school. Fortunately, he never had the opportunity to own one.
These mysterious beings initially appear in Sorcerer’s Stone, in one of the many Forbidden Forest scenes omitted from the films. When Harry comes upon a herd of centaurs in the Forbidden Forest, Firenze, a more human-friendly centaur than his companions (and the only one who speaks in any movie), takes it upon himself to warn Harry of the perils he’s predicted in the stars.
While JK Rowling gave centaurs a penchant for divination, their fundamental features are the same as in Ancient Greece. They are part horse, half-man, and maybe rather wild.
The main distinction is that renowned centaurs in Greek mythology frequently assist heroes, but in Harry Potter, they typically despise wizarding civilization.
The Blast-Ended Skrewts
Blast-Ended Skrewts were not only invented by Rowling, but they are also not officially a creature in the Harry Potter universe. Instead, these monsters are the product of Hagrid’s own cross-breeding experiments, which combined the DNA of both Manticores and Fire Crabs.
The end product is terrifying. The hybrid animals have a reputation for attracting singing pupils, and even Harry, Hagrid’s staunchest supporter, can’t disguise his disdain. Unfortunately, Blast-Ended Skrewts were not included in any of the Harry Potter films, but even though they were not crucial to the storyline of Goblet of Fire, it would have been intriguing to see them graphically reproduced on the big screen.
Despite its young readership, Harry Potter is never afraid of death. The Inferi, first featured in Half-Blood Prince, is among the most macabre monsters created for the series. Dark wizards like Lord Voldemort employ (and weaponize) these reborn dead bodies.
This frightening notion leads to one of Harry Potter’s most unsettling scenes. When Harry and Dumbledore go in search of one of Voldemort’s Horcruxes, the Inferi come up and pull Harry into the lake. It’s horrifying, with these creatures displaying the real depths of wizarding depravity.
The Cornish Pixies
Everyone mocks Gilderoy Lockhart in Chamber of Secrets when he exaggerates the terror factor of Cornish Pixies, yet he may have a point. Pixies are mischievous characters in Cornish folklore that are notorious for snatching children or guiding visitors astray.
Although their acts in Harry Potter are considerably less severe (at least on-screen), they nonetheless retain the same bad reputation. It’s complete chaos when Lockhart lets go of a cage. The Defence Against The Dark Arts classroom is destroyed, and Neville is lifted off the ground. If this is the kind of mayhem they create at a school, it’s simple to envision them carrying out the same diabolical actions in the real world.
Crookshanks appears to be a typical ill-tempered cat at first look. Rowling, on the other hand, revealed in 2006 on her eponymous website that Harry is, in fact, half-Kneazle.
Kneazles have no mythological origins and are most closely related to cats. They, like their feline counterparts, only prefer specific people and maybe highly violent against those they detest (which explains Crookshanks’ attitude toward Peter Pettigrew in his Scabbers form). They are, however, far more clever, with the capacity to detect suspicious persons – effectively making them super cats.
The Pygmy Puff
These adorable animals are completely the work of Rowling – or, in the novel, Fred and George Weasley. They’re smaller replicas of Puffskeins, a scavenging species commonly kept as a wizarding pet, and were selectively developed for Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes.
This breed is one of Harry Potter’s most outright outlandish. They come in bright pink and purple and only communicate through squeaks. Given how adorable they are, it’s no wonder that the twins are having problems keeping them in stock.