Hogwarts, being a school, is often filled with many humans — but have you ever stopped to think what else lurks in the corners of Hogwarts? What or who that cat was that passed you in the Library? What hides deep within the Forbidden Forest? Let us enlighten you!
Many of the small creatures moving about the castle and grounds are often owned by students themselves! Although this is limited to five creatures only. These five creatures include; cats, owls, toads, rats, and pygmy puffs.
Cats are furry domesticated animals, some are often bread with a Kneazle, a magical beast similar to a cat yet they have an XXX creature status, as advised by The Ministry Of Magic. To own a pure-breed Kneazle you must first have a licence due to their nature, however, having a cat which is half-Kneazle is acceptable without a license and are allowed in Hogwarts!
Toads are one of the unpopular types of pet that will be found in the castle. Wizards and witches deem the pet to be owned by someone who wants to spend their days in embarrassment. Toads were once appreciated for nothing more than use in charms and especially the use in potions ingredients. A toads skin absorbs liquids which allows the testing of oral potions to be much easier. The Ministry Of Magic outlawed this practice of using toads as nothing more than experiments. Toads as pets often get lost, but usually can be found in The Great Lake where other toad kind live. Toads may not look scary creatures but the Giant Purple Toad might be. The Giant Purple Toad is a magical species of toad, they can stun humans, and are resistant to the fire-making charm. Not a pet welcomed into Hogwarts, but if that’s not daunting enough, should a chicken egg be hatched under a ordinary toad it becomes a Basilisk problem.
Rats are small rodents that can live up to two or three years. Alike toads they’re not so popular, and can used as part of potions, the tail and spleen in particular. Rats can be also fed to dragons as a reward however it is not recommend for untrained wizards and witches to face a dragon alone.
Pygmy Puffs are miniature Puffskein. A puffskein is a small round magical beast, known for its soft fur, they are a popular wizarding pet, almost every wizarding house hold contains a puffskein. These creatures enjoy cuddles, being thrown around and snacking on wizard’s bogeys while they sleep. These creatures are easy to care for, and like other creatures their fur is useful in potions. Pygmy Puffs are known to carry the ‘Pygmy Virus’, a seasonal disease which is contagious and spreads from Pygmy to humans and it continues to spread. The sickness lasts about a week. Symptoms include; lethargy, sudden or spontaneous squeaking (involuntary), fur growth in patches across the entire body (may resemble many colours), wheezing, sniffing, coughing, and a sudden craving for snot or snot flavored delicacy (see Bertie Botts). During this time, all students with a pet Pygmy Puff must send them to the Owlery to be quarantined until the season is over.
Lurking in the corners of Hogwarts….
House Elves House Elves are the only creatures that live in the Hogwarts castle. They are the property of the school. They can often be seen working in the kitchens, doing chores such as cleaning, making beds and keeping the school in tip top form. These little creatures are the ones who bake, cook and serve the school meals. Contrary to popular belief, the Hogwarts Elves are treated kindly, under rule of the Caretaker. However, House Elves will not obey anyone’s orders but the orders of The Headmaster or Headmistress.
Ghosts play an important secondary role, mainly as advisors. Unlike the ghosts in a traditional ghost story, these ghosts are neither frightening nor necessarily ghoulish, and many ghosts act as advisors to live humans in their times of need. Ghosts in the novels appear silvery and translucent. They can fly and pass through walls, tables and other solid objects, but nonetheless have some ability to physically affect, and be affected by, the living world. Moaning Myrtle can, for instance, splash the water in her toilet. Ghosts’ banquet tables are laden with rotten food, as the decomposition increases their ability to almost smell and taste it. Touching or walking through a ghost induces a sensation “like walking through an icy shower.” Ghosts can be affected by magic and curses, though not to the same degree that living beings can, and they can, obviously, not be killed by them as they’re already dead.
In the Harry Potter universe, only wizards and witches can become ghosts. As Nearly Headless Nick explained to Harry, “Wizards can leave an imprint of themselves upon the earth, to walk palely where their living selves once trod … I was afraid of death. I chose to remain behind. I sometimes wonder whether I oughtn’t have … Well, that is neither here nor there … In fact, I am neither here nor there…” Despite having chosen their afterlives, many ghosts appear quite unhappy; they bemoan their not-quite inability to eat, and many are described as gloomy. They also appear to have an attraction to the morbid and melancholy.
Each house at Hogwarts has its own ghost, each ghost once belonged to one of the four houses and remain to represent their house.
- The Bloody Baron – Slytherin
- The Grey Lady – Ravenclaw
- The Fat Friar – Hufflepuff
- Nearly Headless Nick – Gryffindor
Poltergeist are an entity of mischief considered to be amortal, meaning never having died or being able to die. Amortal beings such as Poltergeist are considered to have never been alive. Poltergeist create chaos, they are able to pick up objects and throw them, they can be destructive and are prone to pulling pranks, and causing upset to those they haunt. Poltergeist are vulnerable to some jinxes, and is could feel pain but will not be injured.
Jeeves is a poltergeist that inhabited Hogwarts a long time ago, often pulling pranks on professors, throwing toilet paper, shouting out insults and being a general nuisance. (OOCly Jeeves is considered a RPD NPC. Any plots, actions or otherwise outside what is stated here MUST be approved by RPD prior.)
The School Grounds are home to…
Hogwarts has its own Owlery. It makes sense, considering most students and faculty own an owl. These birds are used around Hogwarts to deliver messages, collect mail and be a companion to the witch or wizard that chose them. Each owl is different and like cats, come in an array of colors and personalities. Some may peck you and some may love you.
Under the surface of The Great Lake…
The Giant Squid
The Giant Squid is a magical beast that lives in The Great Lake. The Giant Squid is not aggressive and will never attack any student or professor. The Giant Squid is not a threat to Hogwarts, in-fact the Giant Squid will often be helpful to students. At times the Giant Squid can be playful, and might even take food that you offer it! (OOCly The Giant Squid is considered a RPD NPC. Any plots, actions or otherwise outside what is stated here MUST be approved by RPD prior.)
The merpeople of Hogwarts have greyish skin. Their eyes are yellow, as are their broken teeth, and they wear thick ropes of pebbles around their necks as necklaces. Their powerful, silver fish tails allow them to swim expertly, while the upper parts of their bodies resemble those of humans. Merpeople are also very tall, and during the second task, Harry encountered one in the lake near Hogwarts who was seven feet tall with a long green beard and a choker of shark fangs, carrying a spear. They have been known to keep Grindylows as pets, and use Lobalugs as weapons. One tribe even managed to capture and domesticate a Hippocampus.
What lurks within the Forbidden Forest…
Centaurs in the Harry Potter universe are wild creatures who claim to possess intelligence greater than humans. Their heads and torsos resemble those of humans but they possess the four legs, lower bodies and tail of a horse. Although sentient, they have not requested assignment as Beings, preferring to remove themselves entirely from human affairs. Centaurs are skilled in healing and astrology, and spend much of their time scouring the stars for portents. They live in forests, and their society consists of groups called herds. They do not appear to employ or need any technology more advanced than a bow and arrow. They are proud and territorial, therefore high diplomatic skills must be employed when dealing with centaurs. Displaying lack of respect to centaurs can have violent consequences.
In the wider wizarding world
Vampires [updates to come]
- In MM canon a vampire is a human (witch/wizard) whom has been infected by a blood curse.
- Vampires are classified as ‘beings’ by The Ministry of Magic
- Witches and wizards are not seen to fear vampires however they don’t accept them into their society much like werewolves, goblins etc
- Vampires are between a state of the living and dead.
- The curse of vampirism is within a vampire’s blood..
- A vampirism is not curable.
- When a vampire bites a victim, they do not become a vampire simply from the bite. Only when the transfusion of vampiric blood within the human takes place does one become a vampire. (a la Bram Stoker’s Dracula)
- Vampires do not have magic nor are they allowed wands. Any magical powers a tied with their state as a vampire (turning others into vampires etc)
- Vampires are seen as gaunt and pale creatures with sharp fangs. Their appearance changes over time depending on how well the vampire is feeding.
- For a vampire to keep its ‘beauty’ or rather human natural appearance, then they must feed and infect others with the blood curse.
- All vampires are linked to one another.
- If a vampire from a line dies, the vampires in that line will become weaker.
- A vampire’s main source of food is blood which is human or from a creature.
- The blood from a human gives the vampire strength, blood from an animal will make them weaker and no blood at all will make them lethargic.
- Vampires are able to eat regular foods however this does nothing for them.
- Vampires are mortal, but age slower than most. A vampire can live longer than a wizard or witch.
- Vampires cannot be out in direct sunlight. If a vampire chooses to be out in the day, they must be fully covered from the sunlight.
- Garlic is a means to ward off vampires
- Vampires are also classified as dark creatures due to their dangerous nature.
- Not all vampires should be feared, vampires can live in society with witches and wizards alike
Goblins [updates to come]
Goblins are mortal, highly intelligent beings, small in stature (often growing no taller than 48″) with long fingers and toes, they often are characterised with larger noses and ears. They speak gobbledegook, are adept metalsmiths (often working in Gringott’s Wizarding Bank), and their diet primarily consists of raw meats, roots, insects, and fungi. Goblins have their own magic that they can conduct without holding a wand which was outlawed in 1631. Many wizards see Goblins as an inferior species. [Mischief Managed Goblin canon to come soon.]