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"The Graphorn is found in mountainous European regions. Large and greyish purple with a humped back, the Graphorn has two very long, sharp horns, walks on large, four-thumbed feet, and has an extremely aggressive nature. Mountain trolls can occasionally be seen mounted on Graphorns, though the latter do not seem to take kindly to attempts to tame them and it is more common to see a troll covered in Graphorn scars. Powdered Graphorn horn is used in many potions, though it is immensely expensive owing to the difficulty in collecting it. Graphorn hide is even tougher than a dragon’s and repels most spells."
Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

The Graphorn was a dangerous and aggressive magical beast native to the mountains of Europe.[1]


Graphorn FBAWTFT 2017

A wild Graphorn

The Graphorn was large and hump-backed, with greyish-purple skin tougher than that of dragons. It could repel most spells, had two golden horns, and walked on large four-thumbed feet.[1] Its mouth was made of tentacle-like appendages, that were used to grab food and put it in its mouth. It also used these to show affection. It was said to resemble a sabre-toothed tiger.[3] If a Graphorn was angered, the interior of its body would emit an orange glow and its physical prowess became temporarily enhanced. Despite its generally aggressive nature, the Graphorn was known to befriend wizards and witches in rare circumstances.[4]


At some point before the 1890–1891 school year, a Graphorn killed a witch in Feldcroft, serving as a grim reminder of the danger of magical beasts.[5] Additionally, two Graphorns were killed by a female Hebridean Black dragon that had been recently released from poachers and was ragingly looking for her egg. Poppy Sweeting commented that the dragon must have been desperately starving to target such prey.[6]

In the 1890s, the Lord of the Shore inhabited Clagmar Coast, the last of a long line of Graphorns in the region. He was successfully subdued and tamed by the new fifth-year Hogwarts student.[4]


Graphorns in Newt Scamander's suitcase

For unknown reasons, the Graphorn population was in decline by the mid 1920s.[3]

The famous English Magizoologist Newt Scamander had the last pair of breeding Graphorns, along with two young Graphorns, in his suitcase during his visit to New York in 1926.[3][7] A Graphorn was one of the attractions for the wizarding Circus Arcanus, which toured Paris in 1927.[8]

Mountain Trolls were reported to be riding Graphorns through Hungary in 2020.[2]

During the Calamity in the 2010s, several fire Confoundables were guarding Graphorn Foundables. Volunteer members of the Statute of Secrecy Task Force had to overpower these Confoundables using the Water-Making Spell to extinguish the fire and allow for the Graphorn Foundables to return to their rightful places in the wizarding world.[9]


Graphorn horns were highly prized potion ingredients and were used in potions such as the Antidote to Uncommon Poisons.[10] Graphorns were sometimes used as mounts by Mountain Trolls, but the Graphorn strongly disliked this - it was more common to see Mountain Trolls covered in scars from a Graphorn.[1]

In the Study of Ancient Runes, the Graphorn's two sharp horns were used to represent the number two.[11]


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Study of Ancient Runes
Ancient Runes Made Easy
Professors: Bathsheda Babbling · Clodagh Dromgoole · Elspeth MacGillony
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
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 · Merperson · 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