At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. Spoilers will be present within the article.
The Crumple-Horned Snorkack was supposedly an elusive magical creature believed to live in Sweden. However, it was never found (even by Luna Lovegood, a wizarding naturalist who searched the globe for impossible creatures for years) and is very likely a delusion of Xenophilius Lovegood. Outside of the Lovegood family, Colin Creevey also seemed to believe in the existence of the creature, once expressing an interest in being hired by The Quibbler to try and photograph one.
At one point in the 1988–1989 school year, Xenophilius Lovegood travelled to Hogsmeade to track a Crumple-Horned Snorkack rumoured to have been spotted near Hogwarts Castle, offering the patrons of the Three Broomsticks Inn a reward in exchange for a picture of it, which would be published on the front page of an upcoming issue of The Quibbler. On this occasion, he also described how said creatures were supposed to look like to a group of interested Hogwarts students, describing them as "purple with spiral horns and a pig nose." Jacob's sibling and their friends tried to search for the creature, but were unsuccessful.
Luna Lovegood and her father, Xenophilius Lovegood, who often printed stories of the Snorkack in 'The Quibbler, made an expedition to Sweden during the summer of 1996 to search for the Snorkack, but were unsuccessful in locating their elusive quarry.
At some point in 1997, Mr Lovegood purchased what he believed to be the horn of a Crumple-Horned Snorkack, as a gift for his daughter. When Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger visited him, the latter pointed out that it was in fact an Erumpent horn and dangerous, but Xenophilius refused to listen. When a Stunning Spell struck the horn in the skirmish that shortly ensued, the horn blew up, destroying most of the house. The Lovegoods believed that the horn would repair itself.
After the Second Wizarding War, Luna would go on to become a famous wizarding naturalist and would discover many magical creatures, though she never found a Snorkack. She eventually realised that some creatures simply do not exist, and accepted that the Crumple-Horned Snorkack never existed.
Behind the scenes
- The Magical Menagerie at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley contains a (non-purchasable) plush of a Crumple-Horned Snorkack.
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 (video game) (Mentioned only)
- The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (First appearance) (Appears as a toy)
- LEGO Dimensions (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery (Mentioned only)
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 38 (The Second War Begins)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 33 (Fight and Flight)
- Transcript of J.K. Rowling and the Live Chat with Bloomsbury.com
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "THE QUIBBLER: FIGHT FOR THE FRONT PAGE" Achievement
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 21 (The Tale of the Three Brothers)
- "An interview where Rowling reveals a little more on the futures of her surviving characters " from msnbc.com
- Evanna Lynch on Twitter