I really enjoy the magical creatures of the Harry Potter world. It is one of the lesser loved areas, but since the Fantastic Beasts films have come out more love is given to these creatures. And while the world has come to love the Niffler, there are so many more beasts and creatures that could use some love.
I love the Phoenix, and I wish we got to see more of the creature beyond Fawkes. Yes, Fawkes is fabulous, but I want more. It would be interesting to see what a non-domesticated Phoenix does around witches and wizards.
A Runespoor is basically a 3-headed snake, where each head has different behaviors. One head is the planning head and operates the snake, another head is a dreaming head, where it falls into states of daydreaming and hallucinations, and the last head is the judgemental head that constantly hisses at the other two. Runespoors are found to be a pet of Dark Wizards and Parslemouths so it would be fascinating to see one slithering about the likes of Lucius Malfoy.
“A gigantic tortoise with a jewel-encrusted shell was glittering near the window.”
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Fire Crabs are mentioned very briefly (I’m talking one sentence brief) in the series and can be occasionally seen in the video games. The large tortoise-like creature with a bejeweled shell will shoot fire from its rear end when attacked. This is one of those creatures that I’d want to see Hagrid teach about and have in his hut, caring for them as if they were the sweetest of creatures.
The Ilvermorny House Creatures
Since the houses of Ilvermorny were chosen based on magical creatures, it would be great to learn more about all of them. Thunderbird is the only one we’ve seen really, thanks to the first Fantastic Beasts movie, but I’d love to learn more about all four. The creatures include Horned Serpent, Pukwudgie, Thunderbird, and Wampus.
Besides being precious and adorable, the Snidget was also the creature that derived the golden snitch, an iconic piece of the magical world. To be more precise, the Snidget was the golden snitch before the golden snitch was made. Thankfully the Snidget is no longer Quidditch equipment, but a protected, beautiful creature. It is one I’d love to see in the series, best through the protection for Newt Scamander.
Want to see more creatures that need our love? Pottermore made their own list of underrated creatures.
What magical creatures do you find underrated? Let me know with a comment below.
Photos and illustrations are from Pottermore.