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Care of Magical Creatures series: introducing the new fantastic beasts

Introducing the six new fantastic beasts revealed in the updated edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, brought to life by Pottermore using 3D paper effects.

To celebrate the new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Pottermore has commissioned artist Andy Singleton to bring the six new beasts to life, in 3D paper form.

Some additions may already be familiar, such as the Thunderbird – introduced in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The five other new creatures also featured in J.K. Rowling’s original writing about the North American wizarding school, ‘Ilvermorny.’

Snallygaster

The Snallygaster is part bird, part reptile and a distant relative of the Occamy. Here, the curious creature is imagined as a feathered dinosaur, covered in scales.

Photograph of a paper model of a Snallygaster, by artist Andy Singleton

Horned Serpent

The Horned Serpent holds a special significance to the history of the North American wizarding school, Ilvermorny, as one of the school’s four house animals. The school’s founder Isolt Sayre could understand the creature, and used shavings from its horn to create wands.

The model’s eyes look fierce but intelligent. An apt depiction, since the creature’s house is traditionally home to scholars.

Photograph of a paper model of a Horned Serpent, by artist Andy Singleton

Thunderbird

Another Ilvermorny house animal, the Thunderbird is known for its majestic appearance and the power to create storms as it flies. Here, the storm has been realised through layers of paper, and you can make out the bird’s multiple wings.

Photograph of a paper model of a Thunderbird, by artist Andy Singleton

Hidebehind

The tall, silvery Hidebehind is nocturnal and can hide behind almost anything to conceal itself. According to J.K. Rowling, only a witch or wizard is likely to survive an attack from this creature, here depicted almost sloth-like and with a slightly sinister smile.

Photograph of a paper model of a Hidebehind, by artist Andy Singleton

Wampus Cat

The inspiration for another Ilvermorny house, the Wampus Cat is feline in appearance and classified as ‘XXXXX’ in Newt Scamander’s book Fantastic Beasts – meaning it’s a known wizard killer that cannot be domesticated. The model here alludes to some of the Wampus Cat’s greater powers of hypnosis and Legilimency.

Photograph of a paper model of a Wampus, by artist Andy Singleton

Hodag

Last, but not least, is the Hodag, a frog-headed creature with long fangs and red glowing eyes. Reputed to be the size of a large dog, the Hodag model looks powerful and rather like a hyena.

Photograph of a paper model of a Hodag, by artist Andy Singleton

The new edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is now available from the Pottermore Shop. The digital audio book of Fantastic Beasts, narrated by Eddie Redmayne, is also available from Pottermore.