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The Griffin is a magical beast which originates from Greece.[1]

Description

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The Griffin guarding treasure

It has 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 is raw meat. Griffins are known as fierce creatures, however, despite this, skilled wizards and witches have been able to befriend them. Griffins are often used by wizards as guards of treasure, like Sphinxes.[1]

History

Newt Scamander kept a Griffin in his basement in 1927.[2]

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The Griffin statue guarding the Headmaster's Office

The Hogwarts Headmaster's office door has a knocker in the shape of a Griffin.[3]

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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