Thestrals: Why They Are Invisible?

Many fantastical creatures, such as the Basilisk and Centaurs, are introduced in Harry Potter’s magical universe. Thestrals are among the most intriguing creatures.

Thestrals are mythical creatures in the Harry Potter universe, although not everyone can see them due to their invisibility. The Harry Potter film series offers a fantastical universe and a cast of likable people who grow up together over the course of eight films. 

The fantasy setting provides a modern twist on witches and wizards, but at its foundation, Harry Potter is a coming-of-age narrative. The films examine, via symbolism, what it means to discover really understanding companions and how love can conquer the weight of sorrow and terror. Thestrals add a lovely allegory to Harry Potter’s mythology.

While the majority of the films are set solely at Hogwarts during Harry’s school years, numerous frightening monsters and magical creatures are introduced, some of which are deadly and dangerous, while others, such as Aragog and the Centaurs, become surprising friends.

All of these animals have a narrative function and include some of the film’s most interesting scenes. Thestrals, on the other hand, stand out as animals having a deeper meaning to Harry’s journey and the novel as a whole, appearing in pivotal moments of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix despite the fact that most of the protagonists can’t see them.

Thestrals Are Only Invisible To Those Who Haven’t Witnessed Death


Every school year, Thestrals are employed to pull the Hogwarts carriages that transport students to and from the railway station. Unwary pupils may believe the carriages are horseless and moved by mystical charms.

This is due to the fact that they are invisible to anybody who has not observed death. They can only be seen by people who have witnessed at least one death.

Harry and Cedric were not true friends in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, but Cedric’s terrible death altered Harry forever, mainly because Harry likes to blame himself for everything.

Many people regard Thestrals as ominous omens because of the gloomy undertone underlying their legend. They appear frightening at first, with their big wings and black appearance, yet they turn out to be intelligent, compassionate creatures.

While some may claim that the presence of Thestrals represents death, their presence really indicates the opposite: they provide comfort in the midst of sorrow. Not everyone understands what it’s like to watch someone die: when characters are feeling lost and blue, Thestrals are there to remind them that they are not alone.

Harry Potter, Luna Lovegood, and a number of other characters can see them.


By introducing the Thestrals, but also Luna Lovegood, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix carefully examines loss. Harry and Luna’s bond is one of the most beautiful in the franchise. 

When they meet, she recognizes Harry’s anguish and explains why he couldn’t see the Thestrals earlier. Luna saw her mother’s death when she was only nine years old, and Thestrals have become almost like friends to her since then.

Bill Weasley and Fleur Delacour chose to ride Thestrals in the fight of the Seven Potters in the films, implying that they can see them.

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  1. This is a great post on why Thestrals are invisible! I remember watching the Harry Potter movies and loving them a lot. It was a great reminder reading this article and remembering the reason behind why Thestrals are invisible. I always wondered how someone riding a Thestral would look to someone who hasn’t witnessed death. Would the rider just be floating in the air?

  2. This article about thestrals, the mythical animals that can only be seen by people who have experienced and comprehended death in the Harry Potter universe, is fascinating.
    The author goes into the mythology surrounding thestrals and explains why some people cannot see them.
    The author’s examination of the psychological and emotional aspects that affect a person’s capacity to see thestrals is one aspect of this article that stands out.
    Mainly thought-provoking is the explanation of the nature of sadness and how it might alter how someone perceives their environment.
    The post is well-written and exciting, and it is evident that the author has a thorough knowledge of and love for the Harry Potter world.
    This post is worth reading, regardless of whether you’re a die-hard Potterhead or just curious about the psychology underlying myth and folklore.
    I’d be curious to know the author’s opinions on how thestrals might be related to other legendary beings and legends from many cultures and historical times.

  3. Great article on thestrals and their invisibility! I learned a lot about these magical creatures and their significance in the Wizarding World. I’m curious, do you think there are any other magical creatures that are invisible or have similar properties to thestrals? Additionally, do you think thestrals have any other powers or abilities that we haven’t seen yet in the Harry Potter series?

  4. I found your article on Thestrals really interesting! I’ve always been curious about why they are invisible to some people and visible to others, and you did a great job explaining it. The way you tied in the concept of grief and trauma to their visibility was very thought-provoking. I also appreciated the references to the Harry Potter books and how they relate to Thestrals. Do you think J.K. Rowling intended for Thestrals to have this deeper meaning, or was it just a fun addition to the wizarding world? Thank you for sharing your insights!

  5. Very well explained!!
    I’ve been thinking about something while watching this episode.
    In the wizarding world, everyone seems to be accustomed to accepting magical things.
    But few people believed that Luna could see the Thestrals.
    And this seems also to reflect some things, those who have not experienced the world in their lives are relatively less inclusive.

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