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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Chapter 21: An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts - M

By J.K. Rowling

Chapter 21: An A-Z of Fantastic Beasts - M

Mackled Malaclaw

  • These creatures may look like lobsters, but you do not want to eat them. You'll break out in the greenish rash.
  • If you get bitten by a Mackled Malaclaw, you may want to stay away from Vegas. One of the side effects of the bite is to be extremely unlucky for about a week after the injury.


  • This guy has the head of a man, the body of a lion, and the tail of a scorpion.
  • The manticore also sings for its supper—you may hear it softly humming a tune as it eats up its prey. Yummy.


  • Merpeople live all around the world, but everywhere they are found they have built highly developed communities underwater.
  • Like centaurs, merpeople have declined to be defined as beings and pretty much keep to themselves when it comes to interfering with the wizarding world.
  • (Harry Potter book shout out: In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry meets the merpeople who live in the Black Lake at Hogwarts…and they're not quite what he expects.)


  • This silver-green lizard has the ability to shrink whenever it wants to (which makes it easy for it to hide from Muggles).
  • Moke skin is also great for handbags. If anyone tries to steal your bag, the material will shrink down and seem to disappear. Good luck finding something to steal, thieves!
  • (Harry Potter book shout out: In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Hagrid gives Harry a Moke-skin pouch for his 17th birthday. Let's just say it comes in handy.)


  • Mooncalves only come out at night to perform complicated mating dances in remote areas.
  • Muggles are pretty confused when they wake up and find the patterns the Mooncalves leave in some of those wheat fields. (So that's what those alien crop circles are.)


  • Murtlaps looks like rats and have a growth on their back kind of like a sea anemone.
  • The growth can be pickled and eaten to help you resist curses and jinxes. Yuck. We think we rather be cursed and jinxed.