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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.
Dumbledore's pet Phoenix. His feathers were used as the cores for both Harry and Voldemort's wands.
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.
Hermione's pet half-Kneazle cat.
Ron's pet owl, sent to him by Sirius as a replacement for Scabbers.
Hagrid's gigantic boarhound dog.
The very old pet owl of the Weasley family.
Argus 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.
Ginny's pet Pygmy Puff. First introduced in Order Of The Phoenix
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.
Norbert (Norberta) the Norwegian Ridgeback Dragon
A 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 Horntail
A 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 Basilisk
The 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.
- Reptiles Are Abhorrent
- She Is the King: The Basilisk is the King of Serpents. Yet Slytherin's one is a female.
- Your Tomcat Is Pregnant: Missing the scarlet plume on the forehead characteristic of male Basilisks.