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"He kept saying nobody in their right mind would rather study Knarls than Chimaeras."
Hermione Granger on Rubeus Hagrid's love of these beasts[src]

A Chimaera was a type of hybrid animal and a violent magical beast native to Greece.[1]


The Chimaera was a vicious, bloodthirsty beast with a lion's head, a goat's body and a dragon's tail.[1]


An aggressive Chimaera

Because of their ferocity, Chimaeras were classified by the Ministry of Magic as XXXXX (extremely dangerous and lethal), and their eggs were classified as Class A Non-Tradeable Materials. There was only one recorded instance of a wizard killing a Chimaera, although the victor died from the exhaustion after killing it.[1]

Dai Llewellyn, the famous Caerphilly Catapults player, was killed by a Chimaera while on holiday in Mykonos, Greece.[2]

1986–1987 school year

Jacob's sibling met a Chimaera at the Magical Creatures Reserve before or during the 1986–1987 school year. They would bond with and feed this Chimaera, and later even Mrs Norris bonded with it.[3]

1988–1989 school year

Professor Silvanus Kettleburn owned a Chimaera during the 1980s.[4] In the 1988–1989 school year, Professor Kettleburn taught his fifth-year Care of Magical Creatures students about how to handle these beasts.[5]

1990–1991 school year

During the 1990–1991 school year, a young temperamental Chimaera called Nina bit an unidentified dragonologist, who had to seek medical treatment in St Mungo's. She had raised Nina since birth.[6]


In 1995, Rubeus Hagrid stated to Hermione Granger that it was difficult to get a Chimaera egg, causing Hermione to speculate that he had tried to get one, and wanted to use it as part of a Care of Magical Creatures lesson, while Hermione advised Hagrid better not to bring dangerous beasts to teach to the Hogwarts students, due to Dolores Umbridge's inspections.[7]


During the Battle of Hogwarts, when Vincent Crabbe cast Fiendfyre (cursed fire), flaming Chimaeras appeared out of it.[8]

Behind the scenes

  • In classical Greek mythology the Chimaera was the daughter of Typhon and Echidna, her siblings included the Neamean Lion and the Lernean Hydra. The Chimaera was hunted and slain by the hero Bellerophon, son of Poseidon, with the aid of his winged steed Pegasus. The statement in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that the only known killing of a Chimaera resulted in the wizard falling off his winged horse is a direct homage to this tale, as Bellerophon was said to have fallen from Pegasus' back although that happened a long time later when Zeus sent a gadfly after him.
  • A chimaera is literally a "hodge-podge" of several creatures. They are usually described as having three heads in Greek mythology: a lion's head on its front, a goat's head emerging from the back of the lion's head, and a tail tipped with a serpent's head. In the original myth, it was said to have also breathed fire (some sources say all three heads did so, while others say only the goat did).
    • In more recent fantasy settings, such as the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, the third (or fourth, if the snake tail is counted) head of a dragon and draconic wings are often added as well.
  • While the classical Chimaera is part lion, goat, and dragon, a true Chimaera is simply any two or more of anything including humans which leads to the medical diagnosis known as "Chimaerism" which happens when multiple genetic patterns merge in a single organism (often due to two or more fertilised eggs combining into a single embryo).
  • Professor Kettleburn's female Chimaera had a mane; female lions having manes was considered unusual (it was unknown if the same rules apply for magical ones, however).


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Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. Quidditch Through the Ages, Chapter 7 (Quidditch Teams of Britain and Ireland)
  3. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 3, Side Quest "Into the Hybrid Lion's Den"
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 4, Chapter 1 (Year Four Begins)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 33 (Bye-Bye Bill) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Chimaera"
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 20 (A Different Kind of Hospital Drama) - Assignment "Ward for Serious Bites"
  7. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 21 (The Eye of the Snake)
  8. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 31 (The Battle of Hogwarts)
Care of Magical Creatures
Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts
Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures classroom · Magical Creatures (club) · The Paddock
Professors Silvanus Kettleburn · Rubeus Hagrid · Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank (substitute teacher)
Textbooks The Monster Book of Monsters · Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Creatures studied at Hogwarts
Blast-Ended Skrewt · Bowtruckle · Chimaera · Crup · Demiguise · Diricawl · Doxy · Fairy · Fire Crab · Fire Dwelling Salamander · Flobberworm · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Gnome · Golden Snidget · Griffin · Hippogriff · Imp · Jackalope · Knarl · Kneazle · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Occamy · Porlock · Quintaped · Streeler · Thestral · Unicorn
Magical creatures by classification
X Flobberworm · Horklump
XX Augurey · Bowtruckle · Chizpurfle · Clabbert · Diricawl · Fairy · Ghoul · Gnome · Grindylow · Imp · Jobberknoll · Mooncalf · Porlock · Puffskein · Ramora · Winged horse
XXX Ashwinder · Billywig · Bundimun · Crup · Doxy · Dugbog · Fire crab · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Hippocampus · Hippogriff · Hodag · Jarvey · Knarl · Kneazle · Leprechaun · Lobalug · Mackled Malaclaw · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Nogtail · Pixie · Plimpy · Pogrebin · Red Cap · Salamander · Sea serpent · Shrake · Streeler · Winged horse
XXXX Centaur · Demiguise · Erkling · Erumpent · Golden Snidget · Graphorn · Griffin · Hidebehind · Kappa · Kelpie · Merpeople · Occamy · Phoenix · Re'em · Runespoor · Snallygaster · Sphinx · Tebo · Thestral · Thunderbird · Troll · Unicorn · Winged horse · Yeti
XXXXX Acromantula · Basilisk · Chimaera · Dragon · Horned Serpent · Lethifold · Manticore · Nundu · Quintaped · Wampus cat · Werewolf