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|native=The tropics
 
|alias=Living Shroud
 
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|distinction=*Resembles a black cloak
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*Taste for [[human]] flesh
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|affiliation=[[Dark Arts]]
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|related = [[Dementor]] (possibly)
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The '''Lethifold''' (also known as a '''Living Shroud''') is a carnivorous and highly dangerous magical creature. It is also considered a Dark creature because of its aggressive and violent nature.
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{{Quote|It resembled nothing so much as a rippling black cape, the edges fluttering slightly as it slithered up the bed towards me.|[[Flavius Belby]]'s account of a Lethifold attack|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)}}
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The '''Lethifold''' (also known as the '''Living Shroud''') is a carnivorous and highly dangerous [[magic]]al [[beast]]. It is also considered a [[Dark Arts|Dark]] [[creature]] because of its highly aggressive and violent nature.<ref name="FB">{{FB|R}}</ref>
   
==Physical Description==
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==Physical description==
Its appearance resembles that of a black cloak roughly half an inch thick, although it gets thicker if the Lethifold has recently digested a victim. It glides along the ground and other surfaces in an unknown form of locomotion, in search of its prey, humans. It attacks its prey at night, when the target is asleep, and suffocates and digests it in its bed.
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The Lethifold resembles a black cloak roughly half an inch thick, and appears slightly thicker if the creature has recently digested a victim. It [[Gliding|glides]] along surfaces in an unknown form of locomotion in search of its prey, [[human]]s. It attacks at night, when the target is asleep, by suffocating and then digesting it.<ref name="FB">{{FB|R}}</ref>
   
 
==Protection from a Lethifold==
 
==Protection from a Lethifold==
The only form of protection against a Lethifold is a [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]]. Other spells such as the [[Stunning Spell]] will not work. <ref name="FB">''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]''</ref>
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The only known effective method of protection against a Lethifold is by using the [[Patronus Charm]], similar to that of a [[Dementor]], as discovered by [[Flavius Belby]], the only known survivor of a Lethifold attack. Other spells, such as the [[Stunning Spell]], or the [[Impediment Jinx]] will not work.<ref name="FB">{{FB|R}}</ref>
   
The Lethifold is a very rare species, and can only be found in the tropics.
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==History==
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[[File:Belby - Lethifold attack - FB2017.jpeg|330x330px|thumb|Lethifold attack on [[Flavius Belby]]]]
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The Lethifold is a very rare species and has been found only in tropical climates. The only known survivor of a Lethifold attack was a [[Wizardkind|wizard]] named [[Flavius Belby]]. In [[1782]], Belby was on holiday in [[Papua New Guinea]], and he managed to repel the attack because he was not fully asleep at the time. After unsuccessful repelling attempts with various spells, Belby managed to conjure a [[Patronus Charm|Patronus]] at the last second, causing the Lethifold to release him and slink away. Previous victims had apparently been unable to do this because they were either asleep, were [[Non-magic people|Muggles]], or unable or did not think to cast a [[Patronus Charms|Patronus Charm]].
   
==Lethifold Attacks==
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It is virtually impossible to determine the number of Lethifold victims, as the creatures leave no clues to their presence. Much easier to calculate is how many people have faked a Lethifold attack, for their own reasons. One known case of an individual attempting to fake a Lethifold attack was [[Janus Thickey]], who disappeared in [[1973]], leaving behind a note reading ''"Oh no, a Lethifold's got me, I'm suffocating"''. Because of this and his empty bed, [[Janus Thickey's wife|Thickey's wife]] and [[Janus Thickey's children|children]] began mourning him. However, he was soon discovered living five miles away with the [[Landlady of the Green Dragon|landlady]] of the [[Green Dragon]] pub.<ref name="FB" />
The first recorded survivor of a Lethifold attack was a wizard named [[Flavius Belby]]. Belby was on holiday in[[ Papua New Guinea]], and he managed to escape because he was not fully asleep at the time. He repelled the Lethifold with a [[Patronus|Patronus Charm]], something other people are unable to do because they are either asleep or [[Muggle]]s (or both). It is impossible to determine the number of Lethifold victims, as they leave no clues of their presence.
 
   
Much easier to calculate is how many people have faked a Lethifold attack, for their own reasons. One known case of an individual attempting to fake a Lethifold attack was [[Janus Thickey]], who disappeared in [[1973]], leaving behind a note reading ''"Oh no, a Lethifold's got me, I'm suffocating"''. Because of this and his empty bed, Thickey's wife and children began mourning him. However, he was soon discovered living five miles away with the [[Landlady of the Green Dragon|landlady]] of the [[Green Dragon]].<ref name="FB"/>
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[[Celestina Warbeck]]'s parents met when [[Celestina Warbeck's father|the man who would become her father]] saved [[Celestina Warbeck's mother|his future wife]] from a Lethifold that had disguised itself as a stage curtain during one of her performances.<ref>{{WW|celestina-warbeck}}</ref>
   
 
==Etymology==
 
==Etymology==
"Lethifold" comes from two roots: ''lethum'', variation of ''letum'', which is Latin for "death", "annihilation", "ruin", and ''fold'', which possibly pertains to the creature's cloak-like appearance. ''Lethi-'' is also similar to ''Levi-'', which is reminiscent of levitation (an ability of the Lethifold) and ''levis, ''a Latin adjective, meaning "light" (a quality that Lethifold also possess). It is possible that the Ancient Greek ''lethe'', the name of one of the rivers of Hades and meaning "forgetfulness", is also a point of origin, since mortals touched by its waters forgot their lives, ceased to struggle, and (generally) drowned.
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"Lethifold" comes from two roots: ''lethum'', variation of ''letum'', which is Latin for "death", "annihilation", "ruin", and ''fold'', which possibly pertains to the creature's cloak-like appearance. ''Lethi-'' is also similar to ''Levi-'', which is reminiscent of levitation (an ability of the Lethifold) and ''levis, ''a Latin adjective, meaning "light" (a quality that Lethifold also possess). It can also be related to "lethal", which means "causing death". It is possible that the Ancient Greek ''lethe'', the name of one of the rivers of Hades and meaning "forgetfulness", is also a point of origin, since mortals touched by its [[water]]s forgot their lives, ceased to struggle, and (generally) drowned.
   
==Behind the Scenes==
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==Behind the scenes==
*It is possible that the Lethifold could be a hybrid or a relative of the [[Dementor]], for both their similar descriptions and their inhumane behaviors.
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*It is possible that the Lethifold is related to the Dementor, as they share similar forms of movement, inhumane behaviours, and vulnerability to the Patronus Charm. However, Lethifolds have been classified as [[beast]]s, whilst Dementors are considered [[Non-Human Spiritous Apparition|non-beings]].
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*According to [[Wizards' Ordinary Magic and Basic Aptitude Test|W.O.M.B.A.T.]], Dementors may be unknown in tropical regions, while Lethifold are found only in tropics.
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
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{{Imagecat|Images of Lethifolds}}
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==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
 
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Latest revision as of 22:08, November 2, 2019

"It resembled nothing so much as a rippling black cape, the edges fluttering slightly as it slithered up the bed towards me."
Flavius Belby's account of a Lethifold attack[src]

The Lethifold (also known as the Living Shroud) is a carnivorous and highly dangerous magical beast. It is also considered a Dark creature because of its highly aggressive and violent nature.[1]

Physical descriptionEdit

The Lethifold resembles a black cloak roughly half an inch thick, and appears slightly thicker if the creature has recently digested a victim. It glides along surfaces in an unknown form of locomotion in search of its prey, humans. It attacks at night, when the target is asleep, by suffocating and then digesting it.[1]

Protection from a LethifoldEdit

The only known effective method of protection against a Lethifold is by using the Patronus Charm, similar to that of a Dementor, as discovered by Flavius Belby, the only known survivor of a Lethifold attack. Other spells, such as the Stunning Spell, or the Impediment Jinx will not work.[1]

HistoryEdit

Belby - Lethifold attack - FB2017

Lethifold attack on Flavius Belby

The Lethifold is a very rare species and has been found only in tropical climates. The only known survivor of a Lethifold attack was a wizard named Flavius Belby. In 1782, Belby was on holiday in Papua New Guinea, and he managed to repel the attack because he was not fully asleep at the time. After unsuccessful repelling attempts with various spells, Belby managed to conjure a Patronus at the last second, causing the Lethifold to release him and slink away. Previous victims had apparently been unable to do this because they were either asleep, were Muggles, or unable or did not think to cast a Patronus Charm.

It is virtually impossible to determine the number of Lethifold victims, as the creatures leave no clues to their presence. Much easier to calculate is how many people have faked a Lethifold attack, for their own reasons. One known case of an individual attempting to fake a Lethifold attack was Janus Thickey, who disappeared in 1973, leaving behind a note reading "Oh no, a Lethifold's got me, I'm suffocating". Because of this and his empty bed, Thickey's wife and children began mourning him. However, he was soon discovered living five miles away with the landlady of the Green Dragon pub.[1]

Celestina Warbeck's parents met when the man who would become her father saved his future wife from a Lethifold that had disguised itself as a stage curtain during one of her performances.[2]

EtymologyEdit

"Lethifold" comes from two roots: lethum, variation of letum, which is Latin for "death", "annihilation", "ruin", and fold, which possibly pertains to the creature's cloak-like appearance. Lethi- is also similar to Levi-, which is reminiscent of levitation (an ability of the Lethifold) and levis, a Latin adjective, meaning "light" (a quality that Lethifold also possess). It can also be related to "lethal", which means "causing death". It is possible that the Ancient Greek lethe, the name of one of the rivers of Hades and meaning "forgetfulness", is also a point of origin, since mortals touched by its waters forgot their lives, ceased to struggle, and (generally) drowned.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • It is possible that the Lethifold is related to the Dementor, as they share similar forms of movement, inhumane behaviours, and vulnerability to the Patronus Charm. However, Lethifolds have been classified as beasts, whilst Dementors are considered non-beings.
  • According to W.O.M.B.A.T., Dementors may be unknown in tropical regions, while Lethifold are found only in tropics.

AppearancesEdit

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Notes and referencesEdit


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