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The Matagot was a magical beast that resembled a large, black cat in appearance.[1]


Matagots after exiting the wizarding world

In France, they were used by the French Ministry of Magic for handiwork, such as handling the correspondence and security of some departments. Normally, they were harmless, but if provoked, they would turn into very ferocious creatures.[1]

Matagots appeared to be resistant to most forms of magic and spells, and could multiply themselves upon being hit with offensive spells, such as the Stunning Spell.[2]

Upon exiting the wizarding world, Matagots would turn into ordinary-looking black cats.[2]

A Matagot could be found in the Magical Creatures Reserve, near Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, in Scotland.[3]

Behind the scenes

A Matagot as a POP! Vinyl

  • A Matagot is a spirit in French folklore that tends to take the form of a black cat. While many Matagots are evil in nature, some can be helpful to humans. If a "wealth-bringing" Matagot is allowed to eat and drink first at every meal, it will give its owner a solid gold coin each morning.
  • The Matagot closely resembles the specially-bred Sphynx breed of domestic cat, known for its lack of coat (fur).
  • Newt Scamander mentions that they are spirit familiars, which is a subject of much debate and controversy in the fandom. This is because J. K. Rowling has previously stated that "familiars, in the strictest sense, do not exist in the world of Harry Potter",[4] after years of fans debating whether or not Hedwig was Harry Potter's spirit familiar.
    • It is worth noting that the exact phrasing suggests that something one could call a familiar may exist, but nothing that rigidly adheres to the archetype of such a thing.


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