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"The Doxy is often mistaken for a fairy though it is a quite separate species. Like the fairy, it has a minute human form, though in the Doxy's case this is covered in thick black hair and has an extra pair of arms and legs. The Doxy's wings are thick, curved, and shiny, much like a beetle's. Doxies are found throughout northern Europe and America, preferring cold climates."
Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

The Doxy, sometimes referred to as the Biting Fairy, was a small fairy-like magical beast, sometimes mistaken for a fairy.[1]


Physiology and life cycle

A Doxy found in Newton Scamander's suitcase

The Doxy was covered in coarse black hair, and had an additional set of arms and legs. Doxies had shiny beetle-like wings, and a double row of sharp teeth.[1] If bitten, a wizard or witch should take an antidote immediately, as their venom was highly poisonous.[2] Doxies buried their eggs underground, and Doxy Queens could lay up to five-hundred at once. The eggs generally hatched in two to three weeks.[1]


Preferring cold climates, the Doxy was found throughout Northern Europe and North America.[1]

Interaction with humans

A Doxy found in Newton Scamander's suitcase

Doxies were considered pests. They could infest houses, taking up residence in the draperies. Removing them required a good supply of Doxycide.[3] Alternatively, they can be dispatched with a simple Knockback Jinx, as doxies were particularly vulnerable to it, excluding the queens, which were more resistant.[4]


During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Doxies were involved in one of the obstacles of the All-Wizard Tournament, which was designed by Kettleburn. After gaining control of a broomstick jinxed with a Hurling Hex, the participants had to use it to catch a released Doxie. Unfortunately, a cage full of additional Doxies was knocked over during the task, resulting in several participants and spectators being sent to the Hospital Wing with Doxy bites. Participants affected by the bites were medically disqualified from the final task by Madam Pomfrey.[5]

During the 1989–1990 school year, Professor Silvanus Kettleburn taught his sixth-year Care of Magical Creatures students about Doxies.[6]

During the 1990–1991 school year, there was a Doxy infestation at Hogwarts, with Corey Hayden, Andre Egwu and several others falling victim. Jacob's sibling, Chiara Lobosca, Barnaby Lee and Ben Copper helped the professors with the situation and brewed some Doxycide.[7][8] During this school year also, the British Ministry of Magic experienced an infestation of doxies that was highly disruptive. Jacob's sibling helped deal with the infestation as part of their student work experience at the Ministry.[9] During the Wizengamot trial of Kazuhiro Shiratori in Courtroom Ten, Corey Hayden said a doxy was present in the room to delay the trial.[10]

Fred and George Weasley used Doxy venom for their Skiving Snackboxes, a popular Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes product.[3][11] In 1996, Harold Dingle tried to sell Doxy droppings to fifth-years, under the guise of them being powdered dragon claw, but these were confiscated by Hermione Granger.[12]

In 1996, Cormac McLaggen was known to have eaten a pound of Doxy eggs for a bet, making him unable to try out for the Gryffindor Quidditch team in his seventh year at Hogwarts.[13]


Doxy is an archaic English term, meaning "prostitute". It derives from the German word Docke, meaning "doll".

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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 1.14 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. 2.0 2.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) - Console versions
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 6 (The Noble and Most Ancient House of Black)
  4. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (GBC version only)
  5. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 5, "ALL-WIZARD VICTOR" Achievement - Part 3, Side Quest "The Second Task"
  6. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 34 (Final Preparations) - Care of Magical Creatures Lesson "Doxy"
  7. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 17 (An Infestation of Doxies)
  8. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 18 (Long Live the Doxy Queen)
  9. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 21 (Burning Up) - Assignment "Invasion of the Doxys"
  10. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 32 (The Wizengamot Trial)
  11. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (video game)
  12. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 31 (O.W.L.s)
  13. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 11 (Hermione's Helping Hand)
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