The Ashwinder was a magical serpent that was created from the remains of any magical fire that was allowed to burn unchecked. As it was a serpentine creature, the Ashwinder may very well be susceptible to Parseltongue magic.
The Ashwinder was thin and pale-grey with glowing red eyes. They rose from the embers of the dying fire and slithered off into a dark corner to lay their eggs, leaving an ashy trail behind. Ashwinders only lived for an hour and will collapse to dust when they have laid their eggs.
Since Ashwinders were created by magical fires, 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, 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 (Indirectly mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Indirectly mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World (Mentioned only)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard
- Wonderbook: Book of Potions
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
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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