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Sphinxes

The Sphinx in the Triwizard Maze

Half human, half lion, sphinxes make excellent guards


Sphinxes fact file


Appearance

The head of a human on the body of a lion

Magic Abilities

Highly intelligent, particularly in puzzles and riddles, used by witches and wizards to stand guard

Dangers

Can be dangerous when what it guards is under threat

Typical Habitats

From Egypt

The circular Triwizard Maze

The third and final task


The Egyptian sphinx has a human head on a lion’s body. For over a thousand years it has been used by witches and wizards...


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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

PM Triwizard Tournament maze third task

Entering the maze


The Sphinx in the Triwizard Maze

A puzzling obstacle


Every so often he hit more dead ends, but the increasing darkness made him feel sure he was getting near the heart of the maze. Then, as...


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Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

By J.K. Rowling

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WHO HAD TO GET PAST DRAGONS AND SPHINXES AND EVERY OTHER FOUL THING LAST YEAR?


Harry Potter