Study Guide

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Allusions

By J.K. Rowling

Allusions

Literary and Philosophical References

  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History– Basilisk (10.1)
  • Greek mythology– Centaur (11.1)
  • Homer, Chimera The Iliad –(11.4)
  • The Myth of Bellerophon & Pegasus– Chimera & Winged Horse (11.4, 30.2)
  • Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Der Erlkönig– Erkling (13.1)
  • European folklore – Fairy (14.1)
  • One Thousand and One Nights – Ghoul (15.1)
  • Egyptian & Persian mythology– Griffin (15.5)
  • English folklore– Grindylow (15.6)
  • Greek & Phoenician mythology– Hippocampus (16.1)
  • Virgil, Eclogues– Hippogriff (16.2)
  • German folklore– Imp (17.1)
  • Japanese folklore– Kappa (19.1)
  • Scottish folklore– Kelpie (19.3)
  • Irish folklore– Leprechaun (20.1)
  • Persian mythology –Manticore (21.3)
  • Greek mythology –Phoenix (24.1)
  • British folklore– Pixies (24.2)
  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History– Ramora (26.1)
  • English (Yorkshire & North East) folklore – Redcap (26.2)
  • Bible (Numbers 23:22, 24:8, Deuteronomy 33:17, Isaiah 34:7, Psalm 22:21, 29:6, 92:10, Job 39:9-10)– Re'em (26.3)
  • Persian, Greek & Egyptian mythology– Sphinx (27.7)
  • Norse & Scandinavian folklore– Troll (28.2)
  • Greek mythology – Winged Horse (30.2)

Historical References

Pop Culture References