Characters: Harry Potter Animals And Pets
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Harry's faithful pet snowy owl, and aside from Hagrid, his first friend in the magical world.
- Artistic License – Biology: Hedwig is a female, but only male snowy owls are pure white like she's described as being. Hence, the owls who have played her in the films are actually all male. Hedwig is often described as hooting, but snowy owls bark instead of hoot.
- Berserk Button: An indirect version — being locked in her cage for long periods of time pisses her off. Also, she doesn't like it when Harry is rude to her for whatever reason or when Harry uses another owl for messages.
- Empathy Pet
- Heroic Sacrifice / Taking the Bullet: In the film version of Deathly Hallows, she attacks a Death Eater chasing Harry and Hagrid, then flies into the path of a Killing Curse meant for Harry.
- Killed Off for Real: Along with Mad-Eye Moody during the Battle Of Seven Potters.
- Meaningful Name: Not mentioned in universe, but St. Hedwig of Silesia is the patron saint of orphans.
- Named After Somebody Famous: Harry named her after someone he read about in A History of Magic.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Pigwidgeon's red.
- Sacrificial Lion
- Tsundere: Type A.
FawkesDumbledore's pet Phoenix. His feathers were used as the cores for both Harry and Voldemort's wands.
- Big Damn Heroes: Comes to Harry's aid in the Chamber of Secrets.
- Cool Pet
- Heroic Sacrifice / Taking the Bullet: He takes a Killing Curse for Dumbledore in Order of the Phoenix. Since he's a Phoenix, he gets better.
- Long Bus Trip: It's explicitly spelled out after Dumbledore's death that Fawkes has left Hogwarts forever.
- Meaningful Name: Guy Fawkes is famous for trying to blow up (which would lead to burning) the Houses of Parliament. Phoenixes burn at the end of each 'life.'
- The Phoenix
- Swiss Army Tears: An inherent Phoenix ability.
Aragog (voice by Julian Glover)One of Hagrid's pets, an Acromantula who lives in the Forbidden Forest with his mate and thousands of children. In Chamber of Secrets, Hagrid, while a student at Hogwarts, cared for him when he was young, and Aragog was accused by Tom Marvolo Riddle of being the creature living in the Chamber of Secrets. Years later, he tells Harry and Ron about the creature living in the titular chamber, then sics his sons and daughters on the two (don't worry, they escape).
- Back for the Dead: In Half-Blood Prince.
- Cool Pet
- Giant Spider
- I Owe You My Life: Hagrid cared for a young Aragog after he hatched and later got him to safety in the Forbidden Forest following Riddle's accusation. The two maintained contact, which saw Hagrid getting him food and a mate. As such, Aragog forbade his children from ever harming Hagrid. Unfortunately for Harry and Ron, Aragog's family extends that courtesy ONLY to Hagrid himself.
- Keeper of Forbidden Knowledge
- Red Herring
- The Scapegoat: For what the Basilisk did. To add further insult to it, Acromantulas hate and fear Basilisks.
- Spiders Are Scary
- Talking Animal: Being an Acromantula, he and his brood are able to speak.
- To Serve Man: A species trait, though never seen doing so himself. Aragog tells Harry and Ron that he never ate humans, as repayment for Hagrid's kindness. His children, on the other hand...
Voldemort's right-hand pet snake. She is also one of his horcruxes, and is killed by Neville with the sword of Godric Gryffindor in the Battle of Hogwarts.
- Artistic Licence: Nagini is described as being venomous in the books, but portrayed as a reticulated python in the movies, a species of giant constrictors that are non-venomous.
- It's entirely possible, however, that Nagini is from a unique magical species of giant venomous snakes or that she had been altered by Voldemort to better suit his purposes. Nagini's venom definitely has magical properties, judging by how her bites resist healing spells.
- Chekhov's Gunman:
- Face Stealer / Kill and Replace: She takes Bathilda Bagshot's place upon her death.
- Off with Her Head!
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- Right-Hand Attack Snake
- Sssssnake Talk: Speaks parseltongue with her master on occasion.
- Soul Jar
Hermione's pet half-Kneazle cat.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: He is able to find Neville's list of common room passwords, understands enough English to understand Ron saying that Scabbers is in his bag, knows how to freeze the Whomping Willow, and knows right away that dog!Sirius is not a dog.
- Cats Are Mean: Subverted. While he's a bit of a JerkAss when he first appears, it's because he knows Scabbers is Wormtail in disguise.
- Demoted to Extra: He does appear in the film adaptation of Prisoner of Azkaban, but his "constantly trying to eat Scabbers" subplot is cut out.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: The first thing we see him do in the books is pounce on Scabbers, who's actually Peter Pettigrew in disguise. Justified, because this is a species trait for Kneazles as a whole.
- Half-Cat Hybrid: Half-Kneazle, half-cat.
- Spanner in the Works: In the film adaptation of Order of the Phoenix, he breaks the Extendable Ear that Harry, Hermione, Ron, Fred, George, and Ginny are using to eavesdrop on the adults' conversation downstairs.Ron: Hermione, I hate your cat.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Hermione doesn't take him on the Trio's journey in Deathly Hallows. Crookshanks's last appearance in the series is at the Burrow, a few days before Bill and Fleur's wedding, so it can be assumed he stayed there during the events in the rest of the book.
PigwidgeonRon's pet owl, sent to him by Sirius as a replacement for Scabbers.
- Fun Size: Harry mentions that he looks like a very fluffy Snitch.
- Keet: He is quite hyper.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Hedwig's blue.
FangHagrid's gigantic boarhound dog.
- Big Friendly Dog
- Deathbringer the Adorable
- Lovable Coward
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Whether or not Fang survived the battle of Hogwarts is unknown. As Hagrid showed no signs of mourning over him, it is presumed he is alive, though there has been no actual word on it.
ErrolThe very old pet owl of the Weasley family.
- Butt Monkey
- Captain Crash: In the films, at least.
- Running Gag: He faints a lot after delivering letters.
Mrs. NorrisArgus Filch's Right-Hand Cat. She seems to have a high enough degree of sentience to act as Filch's sidekick. Everyone who's not Filch considers her an annoying spy.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Mrs. Norris is capable of identifying when students are misbehaving and then running off to get Filch. Filch often speaks to her, calling her "my sweet", although it's not clear to what extent she can actually understand him. Mrs. Norris can apparently communicate back, although we never find out how. Maybe Filch understands "cat" and they have Bilingual Dialogue. The usual Fanon is that they have some kind of psychic connection.
- Cats Are Mean: Played straight here.
- Formally Named Pet
- Non-Human Sidekick
- Right-Hand Cat
- Shout-Out: Named, by Rowling's own admission, for the character of the same name in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park.
ArnoldGinny's pet Pygmy Puff. First introduced in Order Of The Phoenix.
- Extreme Omnivore: Pygmy Puffs are scavengers and will eat anything. See Trademark Favorite Food below.
- Real Male Furballs Are Pink: Arnold is male, but is stated to be purple in the books (he's pink in the movies).
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pygmy Puffs in general are bred to be small, affectionate, and adorable.
- Shout-Out: To Tribbles of all things. Both are round furry creatures that give off a soft purring sound when content.
- Trademark Favorite Food: Boogers.
Buckbeak / "Witherwings"Hagrid's pet hippogriff, who was provoked into attacking Malfoy during a Care of Magical Creatures class and set up to be executed by the Committee for the Disposal of Dangerous Creatures. He's saved by Harry and Hermione and escapes with Sirius instead.
- Berserk Button/Beware the Nice Ones: He doesn't take kindly to Malfoy calling him a "great ugly brute".
- It's a Hippogriff thing. Go up and insult one, it'll probably be the last thing you'll ever do.
- Cool Horse
- Mix-and-Match Critters: Half bird, half horse.
- Off with His Head!: Subverted thanks to Harry and Hermione's meddling with the Time-Turner.
- Our Gryphons Are Different: Specifically, he's a hippogriff.
- Pride: Enough to demand consent to be ridden (that whole bowing thing). It's a hippogriff trait.
Norbert (Norberta) the Norwegian Ridgeback DragonA dragon that Hagrid illegally wins as a prize (thanks to a disguised Quirrel) and tries to raise as his own. Hagrid tries to keep Norbert a secret, but soon allows Charlie Weasley to take the dragon to a dragon sanctuary in Romania. It was revealed in The Deathly Hallows that Norbert is a female.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: A variant. While Norbert is described as being rather ugly and vicious in the books, in the movies he is portrayed as cute and affectionate as a baby.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Was depicted as a classic "Western Dragon" (IE: Four legs, a pair of bat-like wings, and a lizard-esque appearance) in the books (and in older official plush). In the movies, and in newer toys, Norbert's appearance is more based on that of a wyvern (IE: A bipedal reptilian creature with two legs and a pair of bat-like wings.).
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: While not evil, dragons in general are portrayed as extremely vicious and impossible to domesticate. Of course, Hagrid being Hagrid, he adores Norbert and doesn't see him as a fire-breathing wild animal.
- Norbert Is A Girl: As Charlie reveals in the seventh book.
- Tertiary Sexual Characteristics: Female dragons are larger and more aggressive than male dragons.
The Hungarian HorntailA large, extremely vicious dragon that Harry faces off against during the first task of the Triwizard Tournament. In the books, the Hungarian Horntail is said to be the most dangerous breed. Harry manages to obtain the golden egg the dragon is guarding by flying past her using his Firebolt.
- Death by Adaptation: Falls to her doom during the movie.
- Mama Bear: Dragons are extremely protective of their young in the books/movies. And Harry ends up having to steal an egg from the most dangerous one.
- Non-Malicious Monster: She's technically just trying to protect what she thinks is her own egg. Of course, Hungarian Horntails are extremely vicious by nature to begin with.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Is based on a wyvern.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent: Subverted. They are extremely vicious by nature, but are not evil. And the one in the books/movies is just following her maternal instincts.
- Shout-Out: The design of the Hungarian Horntail in the film was based off of the dragons from the film Reign of Fire. As is it's method of breathing firenote
Salazar Slytherin's BasiliskThe legendary Monster of Slytherin, intended to be awoken by Slytherin's heir to purge all the Muggle-borns in Hogwarts. Serves as The Dragon to Tom Riddle's memory in Chamber of Secrets, where it ultimately dies.
- Ax-Crazy: All of its lines are about murder, blood, or killing.
- Death Glare: Literally. Eye contact with it means instant death.
- Taken for Granite: But only direct eye contact. Eye contact through a mirror or other reflections turns the victim into stone, which can be reversed.
- Dragon-in-Chief: To Riddle's memory in the second book. While he was calling the shots, she was the one doing the dirty work.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- She Is the King: The Basilisk is the King of Serpents. Yet Slytherin's one is a female.
- Undying Loyalty: To Slytherin and his heir.
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Missing the scarlet plume on the forehead characteristic of male Basilisks.
- Although in the LEGO Adaptation Game, it has the plume.
The Gringott's DragonAn ancient and decrepit Ukranian Ironbelly dragon that guards a chamber in Gringott's bank. The trio uses it to escape in the seventh book.
- Badass Grandpa
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Went through some severe abuse before it was released. For reference, the goblins had conditioned it to associate the sound of metal with pain by repeatedly stabbing it with a burning sword. In the movie, the poor thing whimpers when it hears that noise.
- Dragon Hoard: A rather dark deconstruction; this dragon is forced to guard a hoard.
- Giant Flyer
- Handicapped Badass: It's blind and has clearly seen better days, but it's still quite strong.
- Our Dragons Are Different
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It basically amounts to a scared, brutally tortured puppy in the body of a huge, fire-breathing beast. Once it's been freed, you better believe that it went on a rampage.