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"The Occamy is found in the Far East and India. A plumed, two-legged winged creature with a serpentine body, the Occamy may reach a length of fifteen feet. It feeds mainly on rats and birds, though has been known to carry off monkeys. The Occamy is aggressive to all who approach it, particularly in defence of its eggs, whose shells are made of the purest, softest silver."
Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

The Occamy is a winged, serpentine magical beast native to the Far East and India.[1]

Description

It is a plumed, two-legged serpentine-bodied creature with wings that reached up to fifteen feet in height. The Occamy is extremely aggressive to anyone who approaches it, and lives off of insects, rats, birds, and occasionally monkeys. It is extremely protective of its eggs, which are made of the most pure and soft silver. It is found in the Far East and India.[1]

The Occamy is known to be choranaptyxic, meaning it grows or shrinks in order to fit available space.[2]

It is a known rare possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[3]

History

Occamy nest FB

Occamies in the Newt Scamander's suitcase

Newton Scamander had several Occamies in his suitcase during his visit to New York in 1926.[4]

At some point during his teaching career, the Care of Magical Creatures Professor Silvanus Kettleburn brought an Occamy to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.[5]

It was once Gilderoy Lockhart's ambition to create a line of haircare products, as he was very proud of his naturally bouncy and wavy hair. He wanted to mass produce the products with his secret ingredient: Occamy egg, as the main ingredient for Occamy egg yolk shampoo.[6] As Occamies are very territorial, it proved to be too dangerous and too expensive to supply. It is unknown if Lockhart, a long-term resident of St Mungo's, recalled this failed aspiration.

Etymology

The word "Occamy" is derived from the name of the English philosopher Occam, who invented the methodological principle "Occam's Razor", which asserts that when evaluating two competing explanations for a situation one should accept the one that requires least assumptions to be made (or, in other words, nothing should be presumed to exist that is not absolutely necessary for explanation).

As such, the naming of this creature as an "Occamy" is a joke on the part of J. K. Rowling, since the existence of the Occamy itself (and just about every other creature described in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) has no reason to exist and came into being solely for the sake of fleshing out the aforementioned book.[7]

"Occamy" is also phonetically similar to the Japanese word "ookami" (大神), which translates into "great god" or "wolf" (a wordplay used in the video game Okami, which starred a goddess in the form of a wolf).

Behind the scenes

  • It is currently unknown if Occamies, given their snake-like appearance, can speak Parseltongue.
  • While some art depicts them as bipedal bird-like creatures, the film showed them as long and serpentine.
  • The film version of the Occamy resembles Quetzalcoatl, a god of Central American myth who had the appearance of a feathered serpent.
  • Occamies resemble Amphipteres from European Heraldry, and were described as serpentine creatures with either fully feathered bodies and wings or scaled bodies with semi-feathered wings.

Gallery

Media

What Is An Occamy?

What Is An Occamy?

Appearances

Wiki
The Harry Potter Wiki has 12 images related to Occamy.
Occamy POP

An Occamy as a POP! Vinyl (rare)

OccamyWU

An Occamy as shown in Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

Notes and references


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