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The Griffin was a magical beast which originated from Greece.[1]

Description

The Griffin guarding treasure

It had the front legs, wings and head of a giant eagle, and the body, hind legs, and tail of a lion. The main diet of the Griffin was raw meat. Griffins were known as fierce creatures; however, despite this, skilled wizards and witches were able to befriend them. Griffins were often used by wizards as guards of treasure, like Sphinxes.[1]

History

Newton Scamander kept a Griffin in his basement at 9 Sherringford Square in 1927.[2]

During the 1988–1989 school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, during the Outdoor celebration of magic, Madam Hooch and Professor Silvanus Kettleburn gave a combined Care of Magical Creatures and Flying class to fifth year students on the Training Grounds about how to fly Griffins. Jacob's sibling was chosen to fly the Griffin present, and found the experience exhilarating.[3]

The Hogwarts Headmaster's office door had a knocker in the shape of a Griffin.[4]

See also

Behind the scenes

  • Griffins originate from ancient mythology, having been recorded as far back as ancient Persia and Egypt, though first commonly seen in Greek myths. They were considered symbols of divinity, as the lion and eagle were considered the kings of beasts and birds, respectively.
  • In the Harry Potter films, the Stairwell Gargoyle (who guards the Headmaster's Office) resembles a large golden griffin, instead of being ugly and made of stone as in the books.

Appearances

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Notes and references

Care of Magical Creatures
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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 · 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
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