Griffin claws are the claws of the griffin, a magical beast with the front of an eagle and the hindquarters of a lion. It is not specified whether the claws are from the talons of the eagle half of the animal, or the claws of the lion half. When powdered, the claw can be used as an ingredient in the Strengthening Solution.


In 1995, while writing on essay on the correct method of brewing Strengthening Solutions for Professor Snape, Harry Potter put the wrong weight for powdered griffin claw four times, as he was distracted by Fred and George Weasley's demonstration of Puking Pastilles.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • According the legend, if poisoned wine was served in a griffin claw, the claw would change colour and alert the drinker to treachery and deceit.[2]


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 17 (Educational Decree Number Twenty-Four)
  2. Griffin on Wikipedia
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