"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]


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.[1]

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]


Silvanus Kettleburn's Chimaera

In the 1987–1988 school year in Hogwarts, Professor Silvanus Kettleburn repeatedly said that a Chimaera had escaped and was roaming the castle unleashed.[3] The Chimaera was still loose at the beginning of the following year.[4] Jacob's sibling found her in the Forbidden Forest, but was unable to subdue her with magic. Liz Tuttle managed to calm her down.[5] In the 1988–1989 school year, Professor Kettleburn taught his fifth year Care of Magical Creatures about how to handle these beasts.[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 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, something that is considered unusual, at least for non-magical lionesses.


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Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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 4 various points
  4. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Side Quest "Yer a Prefect!"
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 8 (Trial by Fire)
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, Chapter 33 (Bye-Bye Bill) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Chimaera"
  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)

External links

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
Creatures studied at Hogwarts
Blast-Ended Skrewt · Bowtruckle · Chimaera · Crup · Diricawl · Fairy · Fire Crab · Flobberworm · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Hippogriff · Jackalope · Knarl · Kneazle · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Porlock · Fire Dwelling Salamander · 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
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