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"Peaceful, ape-like herbivores with the ability to turn invisible when threatened."

The Demiguise is a peaceful, herbivorous magical beast that can make itself invisible and tell the future which makes it very hard to catch.[2]


It is found in the Far East, but only wizards and witches trained in their capture can even see them. It resembles a cross between a sloth and an ape with large, black eyes and long, silky hair.[3]

Demiguise pelts are highly sought after as the hair can be woven into Invisibility cloaks.[3] Cloaks made from their hair eventually turn opaque, losing their invisibility effects as time passes.

Demiguises have precognitive sight so that the only way to catch them is to do something completely unpredictable.[4]

The Demiguise's ability to make itself invisible is used to symbolise the number zero, in the runic alphabet.[5]


At some point before late-1620[6], Phineas Fletcher smuggled a Demiguise to North America which escaped and bred with a Ghoul; their offspring were the first Hidebehinds.[7]

Magizoologist Newton Scamander owned a Demiguise called Dougal who escaped from his suitcase during his visit to New York in 1926 and caused a disturbance in the Ginzberg Delaunay department store while caring for an occamy that had also escaped. He later found them both with a help of Queenie and Tina Goldstein, as well as No-Maj Jacob Kowalski.[8]

Behind the scenes

  • A Demiguise appears in the film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, played by Edd Osmond.
  • Given the Demiguise was described as peaceful, it is most likely that they were classified as XXXX because of the fact that special knowledge is required to catch them, not because of any danger. Though Newt Scamander said that Demiguises do bite if provoked.


The Harry Potter Wiki has 9 images related to Demiguise.

A Demiguise as a POP! Vinyl


A Demiguise as shown on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Notes and references

Study of Ancient Runes
Ancient Runes Made Easy
Professor: Bathsheda Babbling
Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin

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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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