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"A horned, frog-headed hunter with a taste for Mooncalves."
— Description[src]

The Hodag was a magical, frog-headed beast that was known to exist in the New World.[2] They tended to be drawn to Muggle farms and MACUSA's Department of No-Maj Misinformation worked hard to cover up its sightings.[2]

Physical traits

It was horned with a frog-like head and glowing, red eyes. It was also roughly the size of a large dog.[2]

Much of the Hodag's magic was contained in its horns; when powdered they could make a person immune to the effects of alcohol and able to go without sleep for seven days and nights. It fed largely on Mooncalves.[2] Hodags were thus attracted to Mooncalf Essence.[1]


In the 1620s, Isolt Sayre and the Pukwudgie, William took trips together to observe these creatures hunting.[3]

During its search for Mooncalves, the Hodag had been attracted to Muggle farms at night, piquing their interest, much like the Snallygaster. The MACUSA Department of No-Maj Misinformation had worked hard to convince the No-Maj community of America that sightings of Hodags were hoaxes. The Hodag was confined to a protected area around Wisconsin.[2]

During the 1988–1989 school year, Rubeus Hagrid was gifted a Hodag from a friend, as it was terrorising their herd of Mooncalves. The Hodag preferred to bite Hagrid's fingers than eat a special feed Hagrid obtained from Wisconsin, and he had Jacob's sibling help control it.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • The Hodag is a mythical creature invented by a man named Eugene Shepard in the 1890s. Shepard tricked people into believing he had captured the beast, generating nationwide publicity before admitting the Hodag was a hoax. The creature remains the mascot of Shepard's hometown, Rhinelander, Wisconsin.[4]


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Notes and references

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