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Top Seven Most Obscure Creatures in Harry Potter

The Harry Potter universe is full of all kinds of magical creatures, from the terrifying Dementors to the majestic Phoenixes to the spooky Boggarts to the lumbering Mountain Trolls. But how about some of the lesser known critters of the Potterverse? The most obscure critters that nevertheless flesh out of the universe? Let’s count down some of the best ones of the Potterverse and give them the love they deserve!

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7. Hinkypunk

Hinkypunks may look beautiful, but they’re actually quite sinister little critters. These creatures manifest as glowing beacons of light holding onto lanterns, appearing before lost travelers and luring them onto backroads or further into the wilderness. Little tricksters, their purpose is to screw with travelers and get them even more lost than they already are.

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6. Snallygaster

Snallygasters are hybrid monsters, combining the traits of birds and reptiles into one ugly looking beast. Native to the United States, they don’t go out of their way to hunt down people but they’re not exactly shy either, making their presence known if you invade their territory. They’re quite tough if you happen to mess with them, with vicious teeth and a hide tough enough to resist magic spells along with gunfire. Still, they’re relatively harmless otherwise, just leave them alone and they’ll do the same to you.

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5. Demiguise 

Demiguise are peaceful ape-like creatures that hail from the Far East and have the unique ability to hide from others by turning invisible. Completely unseen to muggles, only trained witches and wizards can hunt them down and even they need special training. But the demiguise’s pelt has the unique ability to create Invisibility cloaks, make them sought after despite their peaceful nature and shyness.

 

 

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4. Horned Serpent

Horned serpents are wise and benevolent creatures that dwell in the United States. Each serpent has a magical jewel in their heads, which can imbue witches and wizards with extremely rare magical properties. Some witches and wizards spend lifetimes searching for one, desperate for the powers these serpents can bestow. Some of the powers they can gift are invisibility and flight. Their jewels can also been used to power wands as their cores.

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3. Blast-ended skrewt 

Blast-Ended Skrewts are the horrifying union between manticores and fire crabs. They resemble a union between scorpions and lobsters, while also being extremely bad tempered and can spew fire out of their bodies. Naturally, no one in their right mind would get near these things. Naturally, Hagrid took a liking to them and make them a centerpiece of his Care of Magical Creatures class, forcing Harry and his friends to deal with this horrible abominations. Luckily, they don’t exist in the wild, being entirely creatures created through unnatural means.

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2. Lethifold

Another creepy critter, lethifolds are believed to be related to dementors and certainly look rather similar in look and behavior. Its a rare monster that has only been sighted in the tropics and resembles a dark, black cloak. It hunts humans by silently gliding into someone’s house and suffocates the victim, consuming them and leaving nothing but an empty bed behind. Luckily, the Patronus charm can blast them off but that seems to be the only thing that can ward them away.

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1. hidebehind

Hidebehinds are vicious creatures that have resulted from breeding between a Demiguise and a ghoul. It can shift its shape, allowing it hide behind objects, mostly often lurking just out of sight behind trees. It disturbingly preys exclusively on humans, perhaps because they are the result when man accidentally breeds the Demiguise with a ghoul. Hidebehinds live in the United States and, though most of their territory is around Massachusetts, they can be found in any wood, lurking just out of sight.

 

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New Harry Potter Ride Debuts Animated Hagrid!

Harry Potter fans are in for a treat this summer! Opening at Universal Orlando in June 2019 is a new Harry Potter ride. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction will be an immersive roller coaster experience that centers around everyone’s favorite half-giant, Rubeus Hagrid. The ride will be called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, with the premise being that the riders join Hagrid on a motorbike tour through the Forbidden Forest. Of course, things go wrong and the rollercoaster’s riders are soon attacked by the magical creatures residing within the Forest, and Hagrid working overtime to get them out of trouble.

The ride is set to feature a fully animated, robotic recreation of Hagrid himself, based on actor Robbie Coltrane. According to ScreenRant Coltrane was heavily involved in the creation of his animated duplicate, even allowing his mouth to be scanned in order to create Hagrid’s teeth, recording lines from a custom script, and having over twenty body movements the robot can perform. Hagrid’s face was hand sculpted by technicians using Coltrane’s face as a constant visual reference, while his outfit was designed by the same wardrobe responsible for his onscreen costume in the films.

 

 

Hagrid riding on a rollercoaster with a crew of riders

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The latest addition to the Wizarding World sounds great, with an immersive experience that will greatly please any Harry Potter fan! We can’t wait to see Hagrid in person when we line up to go on the coaster ourselves! Are you excited for another journey into the Forbidden Forest?

 

 

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Promotional art for The Wizarding World of Harry Potter's latest coaster!

Get Ready For Thrilling New Hagrid-Themed Roller Coaster!

One of the most appealing things about Harry Potter is the idea that magic is real. And that’s also been one of the best things about the series’ popularity: that’s exactly what the books’ magic has become. The wizarding world of Harry Potter has spread far beyond the pages of J.K. Rowling’s beloved series to reach… well, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

 

A preview of the upcoming Hagrid coaster

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On Thursday, Universal Orlando announced that a Hagrid-themed roller coaster is set to open in the park as soon as June 13 of this year. The coaster, called Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorcycle Adventure, is aptly named-only the most adventurous will want to board this ride! An official press release says it’s “the most highly-themed coaster yet.” Given that the whole place is already, well, a theme park, fans are thrilled to discover what this means exactly.  Drawing inspiration from Hagrid’s iconic motorbike, the ride will be a two-seater. (So if you sit in the part that looks like Hagrid’s sidecar, does that mean you get to be Harry? Better call dibs before your friend!)

 

Hagrid and Harry aboard the iconic motorcycle

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While the much about the coaster is still under wraps (and under construction), fans do know that guests will “fly” and drop down “into the path of… the rarest magical creatures.” Whether or not it’s as much of a thrill ride as it sounds like it could be, one thing is for certain—we’re all thrilled about it!

Universal is constructing the coaster in the Hogsmeade section of the Wizarding World attraction. There are hints that further forthcoming details will drop in March (much like all of our stomachs in June as we take that first plunge).

 

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