Believed to be an African variant of Ashwinder, the Magma Python was first found by colonial at Mount Cameroon (the taller peak also called Fako, the volcano also called Mongo ma Ndemi) in the country of Cameroon. While usually it keeps its body temperature low enough that it does not burn plants it can and will cook food it constricts around, simply by its sheer body heat.
The Magma python has jewel-like eyes that are visible even as they sleep as their eyelids are in fact a layer of silica. Their nictitating membrane however is much like normal serpents.
Ribs from Magma Pythons are much prized in Cameroon, as wand cores and as protective charms, and one Parselmouth wix of Cameroon makes enough money to support their entire village from selling dead Magma Pythons. Russian parselmouth are also quite fond of the serpents ever since the creatures were introduced by way of the wixen silk roads. Even now, many a Russian parselmouth possesses a Magma Python to help ward off the cold winters of their home.
I read a book about killer venomous unicorns once? And the venom was stored in or delivered by their horns? But it’s been years since I saw it?
That’s not really a legit source though…
I’m not much inclined to take other fictional canons for use in HP headcanons as it feels too close to plagiarism to me.
Also thanks to another friend, the wonderful underwater-witchery, I now have names of four unicorn-type creatures which are not Italian, let alone Roman in origin, but nonetheless may appear in future posts because they’re freaking awesome.
I remember reading something about that, I think. The book I read it in is called “Lore of the Unicorn” and it’s pretty old. I’d look it up right now, but I left my copy at home. I’ll see if I can find it when I go back.
Please do, I can’t find it in any of my books or my usual websources. If you know the author as well, I’ll see if I can find an edition of the book myself to widen my library.
I swear it was in some HP film tho? Maybe I’m just an idiot. Maybe we all had a collective dream. I swaer there was a quote that one would ‘rip your throat out.’ Maybe it was the one with Buckbeak.
This is the only mention I could find in the books of unicorns being vicious:
"Ah now this is one of mine, isn’t it?" said Ollivander, with much more enthusiasm. "Yes, I remember it well. Containing a hair from a particualrly find male unicorn… must have beeny seventeen hands; nearly gored me with his horn after I plucked his tail…"
Chapter 18: The Weighing of the Wands, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
As this was done in response to someone causing it some discomfort, and being told as a story, during the Weighing of the Wands, I’m inclined to believe it is somewhat exaggerated.
It was the movie, actually. I may have been the one where they’re hunting whatever’s killing the unicorns in the forest but I’m not sure. I’ll try to find the exact quote and get back to ya if I do
That’d be the first film, then, as that’s the only time we see Unicorns in the films, that I recall. I’ve rewatched the segment, in both the UK and US releases and all that there is, in watching, and then when I went to the scripts and searched was:
LOCATION: Hogwarts - Dark Forest - night
HARRY: Hagrid, what is that?
HAGRID: What we’re here for. See that? That’s unicorn blood, that is. I found one dead, a few weeks ago. Now, this one’s been hurt bad by somethin’. So, it’s our job to go and find the poor beast. Ron, Hermione, you’ll come with me…
Nothing on them being vicious. I then searched through the scripts of the other films that I could find, and none of them held any anecdotes similar to the one you mentioned with reference to unicorns.
Really if anyone knows the source for Unicorns being vicious killer beasts I’d love to see it, but I can’t seem to find it anywhere myself.
I know in Harry Potter one of the characters was like ‘something Unicorns” and Hagrid says they’re ‘vicious’ and mentions they’ll prolly kill you if you approach it, or something to that effect
Any idea which book? Because I do not recall that. I recall Professor Grubbly-Plank telling the boys to stay back because the unicorns may react badly to them, but they would be fine with the girls, as part of a Care of Magical Creatures lesson, but I don’t recall anything being said about the unicorns being vicious.
I vaguely remember from stuff I read as a kid that some myths that say if a non virgin approached a unicorn that it may kill them… Unfortunately I don’t remember the exact source and my google skills are not great so that validity of that is iffy
i seem to remember learning that in some unicorn lore, unicorns were only gentle towards maidens, and would gore anyone else.
all i remember is that to catch them men would use ‘ye olde virginal maiden’ otherwise unicorns would gore the hunters. dunno if thats bc they’re hunters or because they were vicious? or both
See all the lore I’ve read with regards to the maiden myth only says that the presence of maidens/virgins soothed the unicorn to the point of such relaxation it could be caught and killed. Nothing which says they would gore anyone, except in self defence.
Seriously, if anyone has an outright source please, gimme.
A breed of vicious killer unicorns would be freaking awesome. But I’d really like a source before I write anything on it.
Sometimes spelt Eikthyrni in old southern European texts and also called the Three-Headed Deer by those with no grasp of Nordic letters, the Eikþyrnir is a large breed of deer who, like the tricephalic Runespoor, possesses three heads. Found across Scandinavia, the creature is rarely hunted, although some kept herds of the deer maybe culled, or have a few slaughtered for winter feasts. The meat of the deer is more flavourful than mundane venison, and even Peryton venison, though somewhat tougher than both.
Sometimes the meat is turned into jerky and is said to have a oak-smoked flavour even when it has only been dried. The antlers of these deer can be used to purify water, and have been seen used by the deer to melt snow and ice. The deer can commonly be found climbing, oddly enough, and will happily climb trees to graze on the leaves higher up. They do on occasion slip, however, and the herd at Durmstrang often amuses students when a fawn is found dangling by one set of teeth from a tree branch.
(Ideas for this piece came largely from the mythological deer Eikþyrnir)
I’ve had this in my inbox for a while, and I can’t seem to find any lore anywhere to suggest this. Was this from a book series, as the anecdote about Griffins was, or is this from some folklore as yet unrecorded? I’m afraid I cannot find it.
The most I have found is in some Latin texts, that Unicorns would defend themselves and their foals quite viciously or were cruel, but nothing that said they themselves were killers. The closest I found was a quote from an article:
" the unicorn is a monster, a cruel animal with a horrible bellow, a horse’s body, elephant’s feet, a swine’s tail, a stag’s head and a sharp, piercing horn in the middle of his forehead; he cannot be caught alive.”
But that only claims cruel, and not killer. I did try to track down a translation of the text - by Solinus - but I was unable to find a solid translation to verify the quote.
If anyone does know the source of this piece of mythology I’d love to see it, but I’m afraid I have not found anything that I personally would say makes this idea an actual piece of historical mythology.
A small magical fish, with large bright eyes and a small, almost cartoonishly proportioned body. Able to produce a natural glow in its mucus, this glow is not due to bioluminescence, but rather due to its innate magic. It is believed they may eat small bioluminescent shrimp however, which they attract with their own glow.
The mucus has innate protective magic which can be altered slightly in its effect by how it is used. When spat in defence it can create a gooey shield layer between the Poudre and whatever fish is trying to eat it, or even clog over the offending fish’s gills, preventing their breathing. In the latter occasion the Poudres attack is often strategic and the fish’s body will quickly be picked clean by the small carnivorous Poudre, til not even bones are left. Indeed this knack is the origin of the Poudre’s name, leaving noting but dust, poudre being French for powder or dust.
Some wixes will keep Poudres as pets, not just for their small adorable appearance but also for the usefulness of their protective mucus, which is better collected fresh. Commonly used in variants of Felix Felicis, as well as in prenatal potions, and as a thickener in childrens vaccination potions, the glowiness and the protective magic of the mucus carries through the potionmaking process.
Poudres are most well known for their shockingly sharp teeth, and the surprising number of them. Often compared to the teeth of a barracuda, these sharp teeth are what allows the fish to pick its food to pieces. It has startled many a wix to feel as though they were playfully teasing a harmless but cute fish, only to suddenly find the Poudres sharp teeth firmly embedded in their hand, sometimes taking a whole finger.
Despite the small size of the Poudre they can dislocate their (sizable) jaw, the true size of which is generally disguised by the flesh of their body. Fortunately those who raise Poudres from eggs for the mucus can generally interact with the fish without being bitten, provided the fish remain well fed.
Usually found in cooler waters, more colourful ones can be found in some of the waters around Europe, and the northern lakes in the Americas, while nearer the equator the Poudre live deeper, for the cool waters, and tend toward leucism and even transparency. Originally found in Canada, the French naming of the Poudre came from a wix watching a fish take apart a crayfish until only powdered remnants of the crustaceans shell remained. Hence Poudre, French for powder.
(Poudres invented by underwater-witchery and a friend thereof.)
(Image is in fact of a cardinal fish spitting out an ostracod.)
Related to the Flitterby moth, the Mittnacht Schmetterling is native to Germany, where it is the favoured food of Ercinee birds, and is believed to aid the birds’ bioluminescence. Naturally glowing day and night it was, before magical creature protection laws were put in place, commonplace to stun large numbers of the butterflies for use on Christmas trees and and at other occasions. Since the magical creature protective laws however, the butterflies have been left be and are now only preyed on by Ercinee birds.
Originally named by the Quibbler, the Dabberblimp was only recently proven to exist. Rendered almost invisible to those without the most extreme patience due to their incredible flying speed, Dabberblimps come in many colourations depending on their locale.
Regularly found hiding around the Lake at Hogwarts, Dabberblimps prefer locations near or around water, especially areas with swampy ground where they often hunt for worms. If they can find them, they very much enjoy treats of flying seahorses, and in recent years these treats have been used to capture the creatures.
It is unknown if these creatures have any use in potions although they do apparently make good pets and raise between two and five young from jelly-like eggs each year, in nests just off the ground.
(This is one of Luna’s creatures. I love Luna, thus I wanted some of her critters to be real. Thus, this. Some info from the Wikia.)
Created accidentally by some dragon breeders who raised dragon runts, the pygmy dragon comes in many and varied appearances depending on the ancestry of its non-pygmy parents, often carrying traits such as early firebreathing or venom production, through into its own life.
Pygmy dragons rarely grow much more in size than a Labrador dog and never more than a Newfoundland, and many stay at around the size of a domestic cat between the ages of 5 months and 12 years. They prefer the carnivorous diet of most dragons, however they will accept alternative foods such as dog kibble, or cat wet-foot pouches. Some vegan and vegetarian owners have worked to produce a suitable vegan or vegetarian option for pygmy dragons, but as yet the diet must still be supplemented with Nutrition Potions.
Making surprisingly loyal pets, Pygmy dragons have gradually grown in popularity, having distinct personalities and preferences in owners. Many governments place restrictions on ownership of Pygmy dragons, believing them still to be dangerous, but many wixen families of Fae and Berserker descent much enjoy the presence of the small lively creatures.
Pygmy dragons can be, like many smaller pets, neutered or spayed, though many owners prefer not to, instead training Pygmy dragons to restrain themselves around mating season or simply keeping their pet away from the few other pygmy dragons that may be nearby. Interestingly Pygmy dragons hybridize well, taking traits from both parents. Above is depicted a cross of the Brazilian Featherwing Dragon and the River or Canyon Dragon, hence the dappled colouration and feathered edges of the wings.
Some Artificers much enjoy the abilities of the small dragons, whose flame is generally more focussed than larger dragons, and, due to the ability to domesticate, allows a wix the possibility of having what is effectively a muggle blow-torch, in order to heat smaller than many heating spells and magical furnaces allow. The Pygmy Swedish Short-Snout and Pygmy Catalonian Scorcher are much favoured for this purpose.
One of the two common merpeople of the waters of and surrounding the British Isles, Selkies are a type of Greater Fae and can change their shape between that of a seal and that of a human. Female selkies are known to enjoy turning human and dancing on beaches although the theft of their sealskin is enough to trap them in human form. Male selkies are at once more secretive and more vicious, often taking vengeance for any seals killed in their area. However some male selkies are known to take human lovers although, if trapped into it by having their sealskin taken, they are likely to become bad tempered until their skin is returned and they return to the water.
When in human form Selkies are generally considered quite attractive, while in seal form they look much as mundane seals. Some selkie’s are capable of a unique transformation to a midway point, where they retain the tail and flippers of a seal, but have a human face and arms. This however, is very rarely done, and is believed by some magizoologists to be the missing link between truly shapeshifting mers (who switch between human and mer forms) and general shapeshifters such as selkies.
Selkie’s were occasionally caught by Scottish wixen fisherboats and Selkie sealskins were much prized in clothesmaking and leatherworking until an agreement was made between the British Ministry and Selkies that Selkies no longer be hunted. The practice of not hunting and throwing back seals caught has continued among wixen fishermen to this day.
Uniquely Selkie song can be heard clearly above water without becoming a screeching sound, and is usually in whatever language those on nearby land speak. Selkie song is sometimes recorded and played to children and it has been long believed that a child who listens to Selkie song will be immune to fae and sung enchantments, though this has not yet been proven.
Often found camouflaged among flowers, flower fae often look similar to the plants they inhabit and may, in the cases of some plants, pick up some behaviours from their plants. For example a fae inhabiting a Venus Flytrap may be insectivorous rather than herbivorous and may have something of a more snappy nature.
Flower fae are one of the better known types of Fae and, though not seen by muggles, are often seen by wixes, who will, on occasion, kill them for use of their body parts in potions. This has been banned in Germany in order to protect the standing populations of Fae, and some other magical ministries are moving to do the same after recent research has suggested that flower fae may have intelligence akin to a toddler, rather than a cat as believed before.
Flower fae, like common or garden fairies, communicate via a high pitched buzzing sound, and can be quite mischievous. If a wix befriends any flower fae living in their garden (as the fae are wont to do), they may well find their plants flourishing, as the native magic of the flower fae feed the plants. One way to ensure a good relationship with flower fae is to provide them with small beads or baubles, or to hang wind-chimes, witch balls and crystals around the garden. The pretty sights and sounds often encourage good feeling from the flower fae who, in turn, pour their magic into the plants.