"C'mon, now, get a move on! Got a real treat for yeh today! Great lesson comon' up! Everyone here? Right, follow me!"
Hagrid's first Care of Magical Creatures lesson in 1993[src]

Care of Magical Creatures, also known as Creature Care,[1] is an elective course at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that can be chosen by students in their third year. Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry introduced this course in 1927.[1]

In the class, students learn about a wide range of magic creatures, from flobberworms to fire crabs, and even unicorns and thestrals. Students are taught about feeding, maintaining, breeding, and proper treatment of these creatures and many more.

The witches and wizards who succeeded in achieving an O.W.L. in the subject can later become Magizoologists. Some well-known Magizoologists are Newt Scamander, his grandson Rolf Scamander, and his wife Luna Lovegood.

Class information

"My brother Charlie was the outdoors type, so he went for Care of Magical Creatures."
Percy Weasley on choosing subjects in third year[src]

A third year hippogriff lesson in 1993

Care of Magical Creatures is a subject taught only to those in their third year or above who choose to take it as an elective course. 

In a students' fifth year they take the Ordinary Wizarding Level examination in the subject, where they sit both a written portion and a practical portion, were they demonstrate their knowledge of the subject. On their Care of Magical Creatures practical they have to identify a knarl hidden among a dozen hedgehogs; demonstrate correct handling of a bowtruckle; feed and clean out a fire crab without sustaining serious burns; choose from a wide selection of food the diet they would give a sick unicorn.

It is unknown how many of Harry Potter's fellow students chose to continue Care of Magical Creatures in their N.E.W.T. year; however, Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger left the subject after completing their O.W.L.s.


Rubeus hagrid

Rubeus Hagrid, current professor of Care of Magical Creatures

Silvanus Kettleburn taught Care of Magical Creatures until 1993, when he retired "to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs." He was succeeded by Rubeus Hagrid, whose lessons became controversial after Draco Malfoy was injured by a hippogriff, Buckbeak. After Malfoy was injured, Hagrid was more restrained and cautious in the creatures he showed to the class for the remainder of the 1993–1994 school year, although Hagrid occasionally brought creatures that were illegal to class. Hermione Granger attempted to organise Hagrid's classes in order to make him a better teacher and prevent him from being fired. In his second year of teaching the subject, Hagrid introduced the his fourth year class to Blast-Ended Skrewts during his lessons, a species of illegally bred creatures.

During the 1994–1995 school year, for a short time, Hagrid was substituted by Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank, who gave lessons on bowtruckles and unicorns.

Class location

Care of Magical Creatures classes typically take place outside of Hagrid's Hut, but some lessons occasionally take place in the Forbidden Forest, such as the Thestral lesson.


Third year

"Harry could sort of see what Hagrid meant. Once you had got over the first shock of seeing something that was half-horse, half-bird, you started to appreciate the Hippogriffs’ gleaming coats, changing smoothly from feather to hair, each of them a different colour: stormy grey, bronze, a pinkish roan, gleaming chestnut and inky black."
—Harry's first Care of Magical Creatures class in 1993[src]

Fourth year

"Feel free to approach him, but watch out for his posterior, as it shoots flames capable of scorching your skin off. Don't you just love magical creatures? Let's begin!"
—Silvanus Kettleburn on fire crabs during the first Care of Magical Creatures class in 1987[src]

Fifth year

"Professor Grubbly-Plank stood waiting for the class some ten yards from Hagrid’s front door, a long trestle table in front of her laden with twigs."
—Harry's first Care of Magical Creatures class in 1995[src]

Sixth year


Other creatures shown to classes across the years include:

Known Professors

Required textbooks

"Hasn' anyone bin able ter open their books? Yeh've got to stroke 'em."
—Hagrid in his first lesson of magical creatures; he thought the books were funny[src]


Passing Grades

Fail Grades

Known O.W.L.s

Behind the scenes

  • As revealed in Pottermore, J. K. Rowling had originally devised this class to be called "Beasts", and to be compulsory from the first year.[15]
  • The year in which creatures are covered seems to depend on the teacher. Silvanus Kettleburn covered salamanders with Fred and George Weasley in their fourth year, while Rubeus Hagrid taught about salamanders in Harry Potter's third year. Hermione Granger stated that a person like Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank probably wouldn't have covered Thestrals until reaching NEWT-level, whereas Rubeus Hagrid taught about Thestrals in Harry's fifth year.
  • As of the late 20th century, many students have earned good grades in this class, something Albus Dumbledore attributed to the use of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them as a textbook.
  • In Hogwarts Mystery, the class is not available until Year 4. If players take Jacob's sibling to the O.W.L. through an optional side quest, they will definitely gain at least an A, even if they fail to answer every question and care for any creatures.


Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 (see this image)
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 8 (Flight of the Fat Lady)
  4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 12 (The Patronus)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 1 (Year Four Begins) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Fire Crab"
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 13 (The Centaur's Arrow) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Kneazle"
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 8 (Sickleworth) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Murtlap"
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 11 (Beautification Potion) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Streeler"
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  10. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 13 (Detention with Dolores)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  12. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 33 (Bye-Bye Bill) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Chimaera"
  13. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 3 (Mixed Message) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Glumbumble"
  14. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year SQ, Side Quest "The Christmas Holidays"
  15. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Hogwarts School Subjects" at Wizarding World

Care of Magical Creatures
Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts
Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures classroom · Magical Creatures (club)
Professors Silvanus Kettleburn · Rubeus Hagrid · Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank (substitute teacher)
Textbooks The Monster Book of Monsters · Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
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Blast-Ended Skrewt · Bowtruckle · Chimaera · Crup · Diricawl · Fairy · Fire Crab · Flobberworm · Glumbumble · Hippogriff · Knarl · Kneazle · Murtlap · Niffler · Porlock · Fire Dwelling Salamander · Streeler · Thestral · Unicorn
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