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"“Oppugno!” came a shriek from the doorway. Harry spun around to see Hermione pointing her wand at Ron, her expression wild: The little flock of birds was speeding like a hail of fat golden bullets toward Ron, who yelped and covered his face with his hands, but the birds attacked, pecking and clawing at every bit of flesh they could reach."
Hermione Granger using the Oppugno Jinx to weaponise a flock of conjured birds[src]

Birds (class: Aves) are feathered, beaked, winged, bipedal, warm-blooded, egg-laying, vertebrate animals. With around 10,000 living species, they are the most speciose class of tetrapod vertebrates.[1]

Ornithology was the scientific study of birds; the Hogwarts Library had texts on his subject.[2] Someone with an irrational fear of birds was known as ornithophobic; Mrs Mason suffered from this phobia.[3]

Birds in the wizarding world[]

Birds existed both in the wizarding world and the Muggle world, however the owl was the most common kind in the wizarding world, both as pets and means of communication.[4][5][3][6][7][8][9]

Bird entrails could be used in a form of divination.[10] Ornithomancy was a branch of divination which involved reading omens from the actions of birds.[11]

There also exist many magical varieties of birds, such as phoenixes.[12][13] There existed spells both to transform objects into birds,[14][15][16][17] as well as conjuring them out of thin air.[18][19][20][21] Bird-watching was a hobby that both Muggles[22][2] and wizardkind[23] partook in.

Varities of birds[]

Magical varieties of birds[]

Non-magical varieties of birds[]

Appearances[]

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Notes and references[]

  1. WP favicon Bird on Wikipedia
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 13 (Side Effects May Include Memory Loss) - Assignment "A Peck of Owls"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 (Dobby's Warning)
  4. 4.0 4.1 Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Owls" at Wizarding World
  5. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 3 (The Letters from No One)
  6. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 1 (Owl Post)
  7. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 22 (Owl Post Again)
  8. 8.0 8.1 Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 2 (The Scar)
  9. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 2 (A Peck of Owls)
  10. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  11. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 11 (Goodbye, Magical Creatures…) - Divination Lesson "Ornithomancy"
  12. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 12 (The Polyjuice Potion)
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 13.7 13.8 13.9 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  14. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (Console version)
  16. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (video game)
  17. Harry Potter Trading Card Game
  18. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
  19. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 14 (Felix Felicis)
  20. Wonderbook: Book of Spells
  21. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 9 (Artefact Check) - Transfiguration Lesson "Avis"
  22. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 1 (The Boy Who Lived)
  23. 23.0 23.1 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (PlayStation version)
  24. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 8 (Owl Prowl) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Diricawl"
  25. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 13 (On the Run) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Fwooper"
  26. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 4 (The Arrival of the Golden Snitch)
  27. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 39 (Gather the Merqueen's Tribute) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Golden Snidget"
  28. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 7 (The Ministry of Magic)
  29. 29.00 29.01 29.02 29.03 29.04 29.05 29.06 29.07 29.08 29.09 29.10 29.11 29.12 29.13 29.14 29.15 29.16 29.17 29.18 29.19 29.20 29.21 29.22 29.23 29.24 Pottermore - Patronus quiz
  30. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) - Chapter 14 (About the Chamber)
  31. Harry Potter: Wizards Unite - "Brilliant Event: Lost Love"
  32. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 34 (The Department of Mysteries)
  33. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 34 (The Scroll and the Sarcophagus) - Transfiguration Lesson "King to Rook"
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