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Silvanus Kettleburn, former Professor of Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

Magizoology was the study of magical creatures. Wizards and witches in this field were referred to as Magizoologists.[1][2] The most famous Magizoologist was Newt Scamander, author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.[1] There were many different sub-categories in this field, such as dragonologists, as well as specialists.[1]

This subject was a class taught at Castelobruxo, where students are especially skilled in it.[3]

Magizoologist

A Magizoologist was a wizard or witch who studied magical creatures (a field known as Magizoology); though they may possibly also be referred to as wizarding naturalists.[1] A witch or wizard may not have needed to have graduated from a school to become a Magizoologist.[4]

The Scamander family had many members that have worked as Magizoologists. One of the most famous Magizoologists was Newt Scamander. He was the author of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Early in life, Scamander developed an interest in magical creatures that was influenced by his mother's breeding of hippogriffs.[1] Newt's grandson Rolf and his wife Luna were considered wizarding naturalists.

A Care of Magical Creatures class was an optional class taught at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (and other magical schools such as Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry) for students who wished to learn about magical beasts.[5][6] Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a required textbook for the class,[1] and the professor of the subject was considered a Magizoologist, since they educated others about creatures.[2] Rubeus Hagrid was the Care of Magical Creatures professor at Hogwarts from the 1993–1994 school year onwards,[7][6] with his predecessor being Silvanus Kettleburn.[7]

A Dragonologist was a Magizoologist who specialised in the study of dragons.[8][9][10][2]

Classification

As Magizoologists worked with many creatures, the perceived dangerousness of working with each creature may have been higher than others. As such, the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures at the Ministry of Magic created a classification of every known beast, being and spirit. These offered a glance and guide into the life of a Magizoologist.[1]

Ministry of Magic (M.O.M.) Classification

  • XXXXX - Known wizard killer / impossible to train or domesticate.[1]
  • XXXX - Dangerous / requires specialist knowledge / skilled wizard may handle.[1]
  • XXX - Competent wizard should cope.[1]
  • XX - Harmless / may be domesticated.[1]
  • X - Boring.[1]

Classified beasts

Texts on Magizoology

Known Magizoologists

Main article: Magizoologist

Etymology

Zoology is the branch of biology that focuses on the structure, function, behaviour, and evolution of animals. Magizoology is a combination of the words "magic" and "zoology".

Behind the scenes

  • A real-world field of study related to Magizoology is Cryptozoology, the study of hidden animals that were believed to be extinct, yet some people caught a glimpse of their existence in real-life.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 Harry Potter: Wizards Unite
  3. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Castelobruxo" at Wizarding World
  4. Newt Scamander was sentenced to be expelled from school, and while it is unknown whether that was carried out or not, Newt still became a Magizoologist.
  5. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 14 (Cornelius Fudge)
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 6 (Talons and Tea Leaves)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 5 (The Dementor)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 14 (Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback)
  9. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 19 (The Hungarian Horntail)
  10. J. K. Rowling's official site
  11. 11.0 11.1 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 5 (Diagon Alley)
  12. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 4 (The Leaky Cauldron)
  13. 13.0 13.1 Pottermore
  14. MinaLima Store - Bestiarium Magicum
  15. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 16 (The Chamber of Secrets)
  16. Harry Potter Limited Edition - A Guide to the Graphic Arts Department: Posters, Prints, and Publications from the Harry Potter Films
  17. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film) (see this image)
  18. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)
  20. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)
  21. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Wand Woods" at Wizarding World
  22. 22.0 22.1 Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 15 (The Quidditch Final)
  23. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
  24. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "1920s Wizarding America" at Wizarding World
  25. 25.0 25.1 Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
  26. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 7 (The Slug Club)
  27. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 15 (The Unbreakable Vow)
  28. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban: Illustrated Edition
  29. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Werewolves" at Wizarding World
  30. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 20 (The First Task)
  31. Harry Potter: Magical Places from the Films: Hogwarts, Diagon Alley, and Beyond (see this image)
  32. 32.0 32.1 The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
  33. Bloomsbury Live Chat
  34. "Finished ‘Potter'? Rowling tells what happens next" from MSNBC.com
  35. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Professor Kettleburn" at Wizarding World
  36. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 24 (Rita Skeeter's Scoop)
  37. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, p. 505 (see this image)
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