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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Chapter 12: An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts - D

By J.K. Rowling

Chapter 12: An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts - D


  • These creatures are tricky to catch because they can make themselves invisible. It's a pretty great cover.
  • If you do happen to spot one, you'll notice that they look like tiny apes covered in long, silvery hair. That hair can be spun into an invisibly cloak…if you can get your hands on it.


  • This guy is a plump, flightless bird that can vanish whenever it wants to. Pretty cool, right?
  • But Muggles actually know the Diricawl by another name—the dodo. Since Muggles have no clue that the bird can disappear, they think that they've hunted the Diricawl to extinction. How adorable.
  • The Ministry never corrected those Muggles because finding out the dodo was extinct taught them all kinds of things about conservation and such. Why push back all that progress just for a vanishing bird?


  • These little guys look a lot like fairies, but there are some key differences. They're covered in thick black fur for one. They also have an extra set of arms and legs.
  • Doxies also have double rows of really sharp teeth. If you get bitten by a Doxy, you're gonna want to take an antidote right away.


  • Dragons are probably the most famous magical beasts (and also the toughest to hide). There are ten breeds:
    • Antipodean Opaleye – Has pearly scales and produces a scarlet flame.
    • Chinese Fireball – Has scarlet and gold scales and produces a mushroom-shaped flame.
    • Common Welsh Green– Has a musical roar and produces fire in jets.
    • Hebridean Black – Has razor-sharp ridges on its back and bat-like wings.
    • Hungarian Horntail – Has spikes along its tail and the longest fire-breathing ranges.
    • Norwegian Ridgeback – Has jet-black ridges on its back can breath fire at only three months old.
    • Peruvian Vipertooth – Has copper-colored scales with venomous fangs.
    • Romanian Longhorn – Has glittering golden horns and roasts its prey before eating it.
    • Swedish Short-Snout – Has silvery-blue scales and produces a bright blue flame from its nostrils.
    • Ukrainian Ironbelly – Has metallic gray scales and is the largest breed of dragon.
  • (Harry Potter book shout out: Hagrid tries to raise a baby Norwegian Ridgeback in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The Triwizard Champions face off against a Chinese Fireball, a Common Welsh Green, a Hungarian Horntail, and a Swedish Short-Snout in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.)


  • Dugbogs live in marshes in North and South America and look like pieces of dead wood. Looks closer and you'll see that they have really sharp teeth.
  • They like biting human ankles and eating Mandrakes when they can get their hands (or their teeth) on them.