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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Chapter 16: An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts - H

By J.K. Rowling

Chapter 16: An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts - H


  • This guy has the head and front legs of a horse and the tail and back section of a giant fish. Say what?
  • You'll find this creature swimming in the Mediterranean…even though some merpeople in Scotland caught one and brought it back as a pet in 1949.


  • The Hippogriff has the head of an eagle and the body of a horse. Sweet!
  • Care should be taken when approaching it, though. Always make eye contact and then bow to show your good attentions. This should only be attempted by trained experts.
  • (Harry's not entirely sure: Has Hagrid actually read this book?)
  • (Harry Potter book shout out: Buckbeak is the most famous Hippogriff in the series and he makes his first appearance in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.)


  • Horklumps are like little mushrooms that can cover a garden in days looking for their favorite food—earthworms.
  • They don't have much use, but gnomes do love eating them.