The Ashwinder was a thin pale-grey snake with glowing red eyes. They rose from the dying embers of magical fire that had been allowed to burn unchecked and unsupervised. Once birthed, the Ashwinder slithered off into a dark corner to lay their eggs, leaving an ashy trail behind. Ashwinders only lived for an hour and collapsed to dust when they have laid their eggs.
Ashwinder eggs were red and give off an intense heat. The heat was capable of igniting a dwelling within minutes of their birth. Wizards suspecting the presence of Ashwinders in a house had to immediate track down the nest and freeze them using an appropriate spell. Once frozen, Ashwinder eggs were very valuable; they could be used in a love potions or eaten whole as a cure for ague.
Since Ashwinders were created by magical fires — fires that had a magical substance added to them, such as Floo powder — they could be found in many magical residences. However, if they managed to roam free and lay their eggs, the eggs will ignite and may burn the building down within minutes.
In the search for his escaped magical creatures in New York in late 1926, Newt Scamander met with Gnarlak, the goblin proprietor of The Blind Pig. Gnarlak was not immediately forthcoming with information, so Newt offered him a number of bribes, including a frozen Ashwinder egg.
While Armando Dippet was Headmaster of Hogwarts, an Ashwinder was used to represent the "bloated and blind" worm that appeared in the retelling of The Fountain of Fair Fortune during a Christmas pantomime. Unfortunately, the creature was enlarged using an Engorgement Charm, causing it to explode in a shower of hot sparks and dust.
This pantomime signalled the end of Hogwarts's pantomime tradition, as it resulted in the Great Hall catching fire caused in part by the tremendous heat from the Ashwinder's huge eggs, and a packed Hospital Wing. Professor Silvanus Kettleburn, who taught Care of Magical Creatures and supplied the enlarged Ashwinder for the production, was put yet again on probation.
"Ash" comes from the colour of itself and ashes are connected to fire. "Winder" recalls the sideway movement of some snakes, which are aptly-named "sidewinders", such as the rattlesnake.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (First appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned only)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Mentioned only)
- Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- Wonderbook: Book of Potions
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Cut from final release)
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard - "The Fountain of Fair Fortune" - Dumbledore's Notes
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