Welcome to Creature Corner!
Written by Primrose Black
This column will be focusing on all different magical creatures that populate our world, especially those that reside on castle grounds!
Have questions about a magical creature? Do you want us to feature a specific one? Let us know and send in your questions & requests to the Owl Post!
I spy with my little eye
something that’s squiggly.
It has eight arms
and is quite tentacley!
This legendary Cephalopod
of the black lake,
Is gargantuan in size.
But do not hate,
For he is a friend to Hogwarts.
Who is this creature?
The Giant Squid, Of course!
We’ve all heard of him by now (if it is indeed a him). Some, if not most, have even witnessed this magnificent and mysterious creature. On occasion, the Giant Squid can be seen rising up from the dark depths of our lake. If the Squid is in a good enough mood, he might even play with you! Some who have fallen into the brisk waters will find themselves lifted back out by a long limb.
But who is the Giant Squid, really? Why and how, does he live in a freshwater lake such as ours? What does it eat for food? And, how did it get here?
These are questions I’m afraid I can’t answer myself, though I have my theories. I’m doing what I can to find the truth for you, dear readers, but I’m curious what we can come up with in the meantime.
For example, it can withstand freshwater because, unlike most squid, it is of magic. This might also explain why it seems to almost understand us, and can be quite helpful and friendly.
As for food, other than the little bits of scrap it earns from passing students, I like to think it feeds on the underwater plant life or microorganisms of our lake. Who knows really? Maybe the grounds-keeper or Professor Wibault feeds it.
But, how did it come to live in the Great Lake? Maybe this creature was once a pet or friend brought to Hogwarts for care and companionship. Maybe it was in danger of perishing so a professor or even one of our founders decided to rehabilitate it and give it a safe place to grow and live.
What about you, my fellow peers? Do you have any theories on this magnificent creature? Share them with me and send in your thoughts to the Owl Post!
Editor’s Note: To send in your opinion about this or other things to the OP, please send Rae Katana a parchment or drop it off at the post box in the Owl Post office on the second floor of the Transfiguration corridor.