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The Giant Squid is a gigantic cephalopod, with eight arms and two long tentacles.
Giant Squids can reach tremendous sizes and are one of the largest living organisms on earth. It is strongly suspected Giant Squids had magical powers. Giant Squids are known to Muggles, although they remain mysterious animals to them. Although their extraordinary bodies have washed up all over the world, Muggles only managed to capture a live Giant Squid on film in 2006.
A semi-domesticated Giant Squid inhabited the Great Lake, on the grounds of Hogwarts Castle. Though the Chocolate Frog Card for Giant Squids described the Hogwarts Giant Squid as "the bane" of students at Hogwarts who wanted to go for a "dip in the lake", it appeared to be harmless, at least to humans, as it failed to attack Viktor Krum when he swam in the lake, allowed students to feed it bread, and rescued Dennis Creevey after he fell into the lake.
The entrance to the Sunken Vault was in the form of a statue of a Giant Squid with the door in the beak of the creature. The statue was located in an underwater cave in the Great Lake. Jacob's sibling and their friends encountered it during their infiltration at the end of the 1989–1990 school year.
In his sixth year, Ron Weasley once stated that dating Lavender Brown was like going out with a giant squid because the more that he hinted that he wanted to finish the relationship, the tighter she held on.
Behind the scenes
- True Giant Squids (genus "Architeuthis") are deep-sea-dwelling creatures and can not live in fresh water such as inland lochs in Scotland. It would not be able to stand the sunlight, pressure, lack of salinity of the water, the space or the lack of food. At one point during the books it is fed bread, which it would not be able to digest. Giant Squids also have very tender skin that would break if they were tickled by a stick, as the Weasley twins did. However, it is possible that the Hogwarts Giant Squid is a magical subspecies, similar to, for instance, what Kneazles are to mundane cats, and has different tolerences.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game) (GBC version only)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game) (Appears on a Famous Wizard Card)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4
- Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
Notes and references
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 12 (The Triwizard Tournament)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "The Great Lake" at Wizarding World
- Giant squid on Wikipedia
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 18 (The Weighing of the Wands)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 6, Chapter 42 (The Final Vault)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 21 (The Unknowable Room)