The Hydra is a serpent-like beast with nine heads. The Hydra's nine heads are used to symbolise the number nine in the runic alphabet.
Behind the scenes
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Severus Snape describes the Dark Arts as though they were a creature similar to the classical depiction of a hydra: one that regrows two heads for every one that is cut off.
- It's unknown whether or not hydras actually exist in the Harry Potter series, as they are not mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is possible that they are mythical; however, as Cockatrices are also omitted, it is certainly possible that hydras do exist.
Notes and references
|Professor: Bathsheda Babbling|
|Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary|
|Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin|
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