Creature Chaos

The wizarding world wouldn’t be the wizarding world without a few magical creatures to mix things up a little. Whether they be big or small, fluffy or fire-breathing, Harry and his friends have had a few chaotic moments with these fantastic beasts over the years. Here are seven who caused particular trouble, plus a bonus entry that happened to hop in…

1. Doxys

These critters are a right nuisance. Not quite a pixie, not quite a fairy, the winged little creatures get everywhere, and to top it off, they have a venomous bite. A dose of Doxycide is very much needed.

‘Right, you lot, you need to be careful, because Doxys bite and their teeth are poisonous. I’ve got a bottle of antidote here, but I’d rather nobody needed it.’
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

2. Errol

Errol, the loyal family owl of the Weasleys has been through the mill, but still battles to deliver that mail despite being a little worse for wear. Sadly, he doesn’t always quite reach his destination.

A big, lumpy parcel bounced off Neville’s head, and a second later, something large and grey fell into Hermione’s jug, spraying them all with milk and feathers.
‘Errol!’ said Ron, pulling the bedraggled owl out by the feet. Errol slumped, unconscious, onto the table, his legs in the air and a damp red envelope in his beak.
‘Oh no –’ Ron gasped.
‘It’s all right, he’s still alive,’ said Hermione, prodding Errol gently with the tip of her finger.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

3. Pixies

Pixies sound like cute little delightful things, right? Wrong. Pixies are vicious little scallywags and heaven forbid you let them out of their cage.

‘Right then,’ Lockhart said loudly. ‘Let’s see what you make of them!’ And he opened the cage.
It was pandemonium. The pixies shot in every direction like rockets. Two of them seized Neville by the ears and lifted him into the air. Several shot straight through the window, showering the back row with broken glass. The rest proceeded to wreck the classroom more effectively than a rampaging rhino.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

4. Blast Ended Skrewts

Ah Skrewts. A highly dangerous cross between manticores and Fire Crabs bred by Hagrid, (who else?) these shell-less, slimy lobster type creatures won the hearts of absolutely no one.

To the class’s horror, Hagrid proceeded to explain that the reason the Skrewts had been killing each other was an excess of pent-up energy, and that the solution would be for each of the class to fix a leash on a Skrewt and take it for a short walk.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

5. Nifflers

These adorable, long-snouted treasure detectors are introduced by Hagrid during Care of Magical Creatures. Ron seemed particularly taken with them, or was that more to do with all that gold they dig up?

‘These’re Nifflers,’ said Hagrid, when the class had gathered around. ‘Yeh find ’em down mines mostly. They like sparkly stuff ... there yeh go, look.’
One of the Nifflers had suddenly leapt up and attempted to bite Pansy Parkinson’s watch off her wrist. She shrieked and jumped backwards.
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

6. Norbert

Only Hagrid could give a dragon a name like Norbert. Initially thought by Harry to look like a ‘crumpled, black umbrella’, Norbert soon outgrew Hagrid’s hut and was swiftly sent off to Romania.

‘I won’t let you in,’ he puffed. ‘Norbert’s at a tricky stage – nothin’ I can’t handle.’
When they told him about Charlie’s letter, his eyes filled with tears, although that might have been because Norbert had just bitten him on the leg.
‘Aargh! It’s all right, he only got my boot – jus’ playin’ – he’s only a baby, after all.’
The baby banged its tail on the wall, making the windows rattle.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

7. Gringotts Dragon

We’d heard the security at Gringotts was tight, but this is ridiculous. The Gringotts dragon guards high priority bank vaults, but the unfortunate thing was treated poorly by the goblins before Harry and co. set it free.

‘We’ll never get out, it’s too big!’ Hermione screamed, but the dragon opened its mouth and belched flame again, blasting the tunnel, whose floors and ceiling cracked and crumbled.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

7.5. Trevor

Neville Longbottom’s beloved toad Trevor is a dedicated pet. Dedicated to making multiple bids for freedom, that is.

‘Oy, you there! Is this your toad?’ said Hagrid, who was checking the boats as people climbed out of them.
‘Trevor!’ cried Neville blissfully, holding out his hands.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone