"A little owl with a slightly flattened, hawk-like head peered down at them from one of the branches."

A hawk-like owl could be seen at times perched in one of two aged crab-apple trees in the front garden of the Lovegoods' home.[1] It is unknown who owns this owl, but it may belong to the Lovegoods.

Behind the scenes

  • This may be the owl Xenophilius Lovegood used to deliver a message to the Death Eaters to inform them that Harry Potter was in his house.
  • This owl may be a Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), a species known for its similarities with hawks.
  • It is not a Eurasian Eagle Owl as the text describes it as small, while this species is one of the world's largest.


Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Chapter 20 (Xenophilius Lovegood)