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Thestrals

Concept art of a close up of a Thestral's face

Skeletal, winged horses, Thestrals can only be seen by those who have witnessed death


Harry sees a Thestral pulling the school carriages for the first time

The ‘horseless’ carriages


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Thestrals are nothing to worry about. They’re gentle things, there’s nothing scary about them.


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Harry and Luna look at Thestrals in the forest in a still from the Order of the Phoenix.

Meeting the Thestrals


Harry on a Thestral flying over London from The Order of the Phoenix

Soaring above London


Harry sees a Thestral pulling the school carriages for the first time

Thestrals

By J.K. Rowling


It was with a certain amount of apprehension that Harry, Ron and Hermione headed down to Hagrid’s on Tuesday, heavily muffled against the...


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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

A concept illustration of a Thestral, from Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

A misunderstood creature


Harry with Luna in the Forest looking at Thestrals.

Just as sane as Luna


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Thestrals have jus’ got a bad reputation because o’ the death thing – people used ter think they were bad omens, didn’ they?


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The seven Potters leave Privet Drive

The final departure


Thestrals fact file


Appearance

Black, winged horses with skeletal features

Magic Abilities

The ability to fly; power of invisibility

Dangers

Although classified as 'dangerous' by the Ministry of Magic, Thestrals can be tamed