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The Murtlap was a magical marine beast resembling a rat with a growth on its back resembling a sea anemone, found on the coastal areas of Britain.[2]

Nature

The favoured prey of the Murtlap were crustaceans, though they also went for the feet of any human foolish enough to step on them.[2]

Uses

The growth off the back of a Murtlap; the tentacles are visible

The growth on the Murtlap's back may be pickled and eaten to improve one's resistance to jinxes, although eating an excess of pickled murtlap may cause one to grow unsightly purple ear hair. Murtlap Essence was a home remedy for cuts and abrasions. Murtlap tentacles were included in Murtlap Essence which Hermione let Harry dip his hand in to heal the cuts after his detention with Dolores Umbridge.[3] Getting bit by a Murltlap was usually not serious, but some serious reactions to it can cause sweating, twitching and flames out of the anus.[2]

History

A Murtlap escaped from Newt Scamander's suitcase during his visit to New York in 1926 and attacked No-Maj Jacob Kowalski. Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein found Jacob unconscious after the attack and when the responsible Murtlap burst from hiding, Newt quickly grabbed it and put it back in his case.[4][5]

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Notes and references

Care of Magical Creatures
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Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts
Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures classroom · Magical Creatures (club) · The Paddock
Professors Silvanus Kettleburn · Rubeus Hagrid · Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank (substitute teacher)
Textbooks The Monster Book of Monsters · Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Creatures studied at Hogwarts
Blast-Ended Skrewt · Bowtruckle · Chimaera · Crup · Diricawl · Doxy · Fairy · Fire Crab · Fire Dwelling Salamander · Flobberworm · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Gnome · Golden Snidget · Griffin · Hippogriff · Imp · Jackalope · Knarl · Kneazle · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Porlock · Quintaped · Streeler · Thestral · Unicorn · Wampus cat
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