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Philip of Macedonia in The Red Pyramid

By Rick Riordan

Philip of Macedonia

This, ladies and gentlemen, is one fancy name for a crocodile. But Philip isn't just any crocodile; he's a magical albino crocodile. Amos keeps him both for protection—because seriously, do you want to mess with a giant albino reptile?—and for good luck. According to Amos, he's sensitive about being an albino. That's maybe kind of funny, but it shows us how much detail went into rounding out each character, even the minor ones who can also be carried around as wax figurines. This author doesn't discriminate against wax figurines, for sure.