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The Blood-Sucking Bugbear was a magical creature apparently found in Scotland.[1]


In 1992, following the killing of two of his roosters, Hogwarts gamekeeper Rubeus Hagrid suspected that either a Blood-Sucking Bugbear or foxes from the Forbidden Forest were responsible, implying such creatures inhabited the forest. Harry Potter caught Hagrid while he was on his way to ask Albus Dumbledore for permission to place a charm around the coop in order to protect the chickens from further attacks.[1]

However, as it turned out, Ginny Weasley had killed the chickens while she was possessed by Tom Riddle's spirit as the crow of a rooster is deadly to Basilisks.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • The Bugbear is an imaginary creature historically used to frighten naughty children into behaving.[3] Today, the term bugbear is used to describe something that is a source of dread, resentment, or irritation.[4]
  • Given that bugbear is a regional term for what is also called a boggart, it is possible that the Blood-Sucking Bugbear is a variety or relative of boggart. This may be why Newton Scamander does not cover the creature in the fifty-second edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (as boggarts are non-beings).


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 11 (The Duelling Club)
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 17 (The Heir of Slytherin)
  3. WP favicon.PNG Bugbear on Wikipedia
  4. "Bugbear" on Wiktionary