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"Despite its name, the Fire Crab greatly resembles a large tortoise with a heavily jewelled shell. In its native Fiji, a stretch of coast has been turned into a reservation for its protection, not only against Muggles, who might be tempted by its valuable shell, but also against unscrupulous wizards, who use the shells as highly prized cauldrons. The Fire Crab does, however, have its own defence mechanism: it shoots flames from its rear end when attacked. Fire Crabs are exported as pets, but a special licence is necessary."
Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

The Fire Crab was a large, tortoise-like crab magical beast native to the island of Fiji.[3]


It had six legs and a heavily jewelled, multicoloured shell. It was able to defend itself by shooting flames from its rear end when attacked.[4] The Fire Crab was a protected species, and a reservation had been created to protect them from Muggles who would value the jewelled shell, as well as wizards who used the shells as cauldrons.[3]

Fire Crabs were sold and exported as pets in places such as the Magical Menagerie,[5] but the owners required a special licence. The Ministry of Magic stated that a competent wizard should be able to cope with this animal,[3] however they still officially advised wizards not to approach a Fire Crab from behind or to leave it unattended near flammable material.[6] Fifth-years, for their Care of Magical Creatures O.W.L., had to demonstrate how to feed and clean a Fire Crab without sustaining serious burns.[7]

A Fire Crab's jewelled shell

Different Fire Crab variants existed which could be identified by the jewels in their shells. Noted variants included shells fitted with rubies, sapphires, and emeralds.[8]

According to Liz Tuttle, Fijian wizards sometimes used Fire Crabs to power the cooking pits during their luau feasts.[9]


During the 1986–1987 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, fourth-year students were educated about the handling of Fire Crabs in Care of Magical Creatures by Professor Silvanus Kettleburn. During one of these lessons, Kettleburn used a Fire Crab named Hieronymus to show his students.[9]

In the summer of 1993, Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley saw a Fire Crab for sale in the Magical Menagerie in Diagon Alley.[5]

Rubeus Hagrid was able to get Fire Crabs and Manticores to mate before the start of the 1994–1995 school year, creating the hybrid Blast-Ended Skrewts.[2][1]

During the Ordinary Wizarding Level examinations in 1996 at Hogwarts, fifth year examinees for Care of Magical Creatures class had to demonstrate how to clean and feed a Fire Crab without sustaining serious burns.[7]

See also

Behind the scenes

A Fire Crab as depicted in PC version of the Philosopher's Stone video game

A Fire crab as seen in the PC version of the Prisoner of Azkaban video game


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Notes and references

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