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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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J.K. Rowling to Release 4 New Books on The History of Magic

The Wizarding World is getting bigger and bigger with the announcement of some new books, courtesy of Pottermore.

The online Harry Potter community announced today that four new short non-fiction books that will function as history books on the magical world. All four books are themed around classes at Hogwarts. The first two books center around Defense Against The Dark Arts and Herbology, and will be released on June 27th. The next two books, focusing on Divination and Care for Magical Creatures, will release shortly after.

 

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All four books are inspired by the audiobook Harry Potter: A History of Magic, which is based on the British Library exhibition of the same name.

 

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According to Pottermore, the new e-books are meant to stoke curiosity amongst even the most die hard of Potter fans:

 

“It seems part of human nature to want to believe in the unbelievable: from the bestiaries and cabinets of curiosities of the medieval period onwards,” said Pottermore. “We think that truth and myth are easily distinguished today, but magical creatures and the stories around them continue to fascinate us – and they are as central to the Harry Potter stories as Harry, Hermione and Ron.”

 

All four books are available for pre-order now.

 

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Warner Bros. and Pottermore are Teaming Up

Pottermore, the website dedicated to all things Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts, is getting a name change.

Warner Bros. and J.K. Rowling announced a joint venture called Wizarding World Digital, a new digital distribution network that aims to expand on the content that Pottermore currently publishes.

 

“This venture will widen and deepen what we have been able to do on Pottermore so far. There’s no reason now why we won’t be able to do something because there’s a rights issue. The only limits will be our imaginations and what technology is available.”

 

It is unclear what new content will come to the site, but the idea that the film studio behind the Harry Potter films are teaming up with the creator of the universe is exciting.

So what happens to Pottermore? As of May 15th, all quizzes, features and articles will move to WizardingWorld.com. It is unclear if current subscribers to Pottermore will have to re-subscribe or their accounts will shift to the new site.

 

Do you subscribe to Pottermore? Are you excited about this news?

 

 

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The Top 10 Coolest Spells in ‘Harry Potter’

The Harry Potter universe is one of the most vast, intriguing worlds in fantasy, full of detailed depictions about the life of wizards, magical creatures, and the foundations of the magical world. One of the coolest aspects of it was the spells, each uniquely designed and showing off a cool effect via the simple Latin incantation with the flick of a wand. From the simple to the grandiose, here are the top ten coolest spells in the Potterverse.

 

10. Muffliato 

 

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Muffliato is a charm that is one of the most useful spells Harry learns. Created by Severus Snape, aka the Half-Blood Prince, muffliato. Its effect makes a buzzing sound in other people’s ears, making them unable to hear nearby conversations. Whenever Harry, Ron, or Hermione need to have a private conversation, they simple cast this spell, enabling them to speak freely even in public, crowded settings. This spell would be great in the real world: just imagine chattering away about whatever you want and no one takes notice!

 

9. Fiendfyre 

 

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One of the most dangerous and downright destructive spells in the Potterverse, fiendfyre manifests as a huge maelstrom of cursed fire that transforms into living spirits, seeking out their target while consuming everything in their path. The spell is incredibly difficult to control and anyone who uses it without proper knowledge of the Dark Arts is taking their life into their hands. This is seen in the final book where Vincent Crabbe uses it, resulting in the fiendfyre going wild, resulting in his own death and destruction of the Room of Requirement. Luckily, it has an added bonus: fiendfyre is strong enough to destroy a Horcrux, which is does as it consumes Slytherin’s locket as it pursues the trio.

 

8. Accio

 

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Accio is one of the most practical and useful spells in the Potterverse, a summoning charm that, well, summons objects to the caster. This might not sound flashy but its worth is proved again and again throughout the books? Any object you need that its a nearby vicinity you can summon right to you, from broomsticks to wands to living animals. Harry uses it multiple times, summoning his Firebolt during the Triwizard Tournament, getting his wand back when he’s disarmed, or even stealing objects. Imagine its usefulness in real life: ‘Accio Remote!‘ or Accio Pizza!‘ It’d be fantastic.

 

7. Morsmodre

 

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Another simple spell, this one has a much darker purpose. Morsmodre conjures the image of Voldemort and his Death Eaters, the Dark Mark, into existence. The Dark Mark consists of a green skull with a snake slithering out of its mouth and is left at locations where Voldemort either committed murders or foreboding that chaos would soon come. While not doing anything explicit, the terror it conjures is put to good use and those who remember Voldemort’s original reign of terror recall the Dark Mark conjured from place to place, this spell leaving a terrifying memory on those who see its visage.

 

6. Sectumsempra

 

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A brutal spell, this is another derived from Severus Snape’s personal book. It acts as a severing curse, slashing the opponent as if by an invisible strike by the same movement of the wand. Essentially, slashing through the air with the spell and you’ll wound your enemy by a strike that cannot be seen. The cuts inflicted by the curse are extremely deep and anything severed is cut off permanently (ouch). The brutal effect of the spell is best seen when Harry wounds Malfoy badly with it, to his own shock and horror. Definitely not one for widespread use but the idea behind it is rather cool nonetheless.

 

5. Apparition 

 

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Traveling is a snap with this spell. Essentially teleportation, all the user is required to do is have a wand and have a clear visual of where they want to go. Once done, the user will disappear from their current location and poof into existence at their intended destination. Mastery of this spell is tricky, however, and the further one attempts to Apparate to, the risk of mutilation or even death increases. A botched Apparition isn’t pretty, so only experienced wizards should attempt to travel vast distances. However, despite these risks, Apparition is fantastic and allows one to poof from place to place very easily, making walking, cars, and airplanes a thing of the past.

 

4. Riddikulus

 

A handy spell for going up against boggarts, riddikulus enables the user to change the boggart from one of their worst fears into something far less threatening, enabling them to overcome the creature in question. For example: when faced with a boggart, Neville’s boggart changed into Severus Snape, whom Neville was terrified of. But through the use of this spell, the boggart was turned into Snape wearing Neville’s grandmother’s clothes, provoking laughter rather than fear and robbing the boggart of its power. A cool spell indeed!

 

3. Expelliarmus 

 

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This one is mocked frequently for how much Harry uses it during wizard duels but there’s no denying its useful. Expelliarmus is a practical spell that allows the user to disarm their enemy of whatever object they are holding, which often translates into a wand. Many duels have been resolved by simple blasting a wizard or witch’s wand out of their hands, robbing them of their weapon for magic. The spell is of course considered Harry’s signature one, to the extent the Death Eaters considered it synonymous with him at the end of the series.

 

2. Obliviate 

 

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A spell used to erase or modify the memory of another, obliviate destroy a victim’s memories, giving them amnesia or even erasing their recollection of their lives entirely. Gilderoy Lockhart accidentally uses it on himself when attempting to blast Harry with it, erasing a chunk of his own memories in the wand’s accidental backfire. More darkly, Hermione uses it on her own parents in order to protect them before she runs away, making it so they don’t remember having her at all. Its certainly not a spell to be used lightly, enabling the user to modify another’s mind against their will.

 

1. Expecto Patronum

 

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You knew this one was coming. Expecto Patronum is the coolest spell in the Potterverse, the only known defense against Dementors. A difficult spell to master, Expecto Patronum calls on the user’s happiest memories to ward off Dementors, manifesting as a magical animal that chases the creatures off in force. Multiple users throughout the series use this curse to fight off the dark forces of Dementors, with Harry teaching Dumbledore’s Army the spell to prepare them for battle. Each user’s patronus manifests as a different kind of animal, with Harry’s own appearing as a stag, Snape’s appearing as a doe, and Dumbledore’s appearing as a phoenix. Its the most awesome spell in the Potterverse and we wish we could have our own!

What are your favorite Potter spells? Let us know in the comments!

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The Internet Reacts to J.K. Rowling’s Grindledore Tweet

The dust has settled from J.K. Rowling’s latest Twitter revelation where the renowned author of the Harry Potter universe told us Dumbledore and Grindlewad were in an ‘intense’ sexual relationship. Rowling has become renowned for casually dropping details about her beloved fantasy series that shake up our view of the world with details we weren’t necessarily keen to know. Luckily, as we attempt to process her latest bit of information and wait with nervous trepidation for the next one, the internet had some hilarious responses to Rowling’s latest bit of unwanted Potter trivia. Here are some of the best ones from the Twitterverse.

Like Ben Rosen, who showed us that Rowling was getting a little too real.

Or The Bottom Text, V, who summed up most of the fanbase’s reaction.

Or a few of these Tweeters, who accurately showed how Rowling announces these things without prompting.

But perhaps the best was this Tweeter, who compiled a list of Rowling’s musings and showed all the strange revelations from over the years.

What were some of your favorite memes and responses to J.K. Rowling’s latest revelation? And what are your opinions of her continued ‘interesting’ trivia pieces about her universe? Are you ready for what her next terrifying piece of information might be? We’re certainly not!

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