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Luna Lovegood: "There are ways of flying other than with broomsticks."
Ron Weasley: "I s'pose we're going to ride on the back of the Kacky Snorgle or whatever it is?"
Luna Lovegood: "The Crumple-Horned Snorkack can't fly..."
Luna Lovegood to Ron Weasley in 1996[src]

The Crumple-Horned Snorkack was supposedly an elusive magical creature believed to live in Sweden.[4][1] 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.[5] 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.[6]

History

"You can laugh! But people used to believe there were no such things as the Blibbering Humdinger or the Crumple-Horned Snorkack!"
Luna Lovegood to Lavender Brown and Parvati Patil[src]

At one point in the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, 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.[7]

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.[1]

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.[3]

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.[8]

Behind the scenes

"AND I JUST SAW A CRUMPLE HORNED SNORKACK FOR REALS AND PAID MY RESPECTS AND IT FEELS LIKE ENLIGHTENMENT."
Evanna Lynch's reaction to seeing the Crumple-Horned Snorkack plush.[9]

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Notes and references

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