The Porlock was a magical beast that tended to guard horses, native to England and southern Ireland.[1]


They were small, reaching a height of two feet on average when they were fully grown, and covered in a large amount of rough, shaggy hair. They had a large nose, small arms ending in four stubby fingers, and they walked on two cloven hooves.[1]

The Porlock guarded horses, and lived on grass. It can either be found nesting in the straw of a stable, or in the middle of the herd it was protecting. Porlocks were mistrustful of Humans, and hid at their approach.[1]


Several Hogwarts students observing a Porlock

In the fourteenth century, Porlocks were classified as beings by the Wizards' Council based on the fact that they were able to walk on two legs. They were later reclassified as beasts.[1]

During the 1980s, Amos Diggory, working for the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures, brought a porlock, along with a Fire crab and Murtlap, as a potential new magical creature for Rubeus Hagrid as part of Rubeus Hagrid's birthday celebration.[2]

Porlocks were studied by fifth year students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in their Care of Magical Creatures class during the 1995-1996 school year.[3]


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Notes and references

Care of Magical Creatures
Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts
Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures classroom · Magical Creatures (club)
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 · Flobberworm · Fwooper · Glumbumble · Golden Snidget · Hippogriff · Imp · Jackalope · Knarl · Kneazle · Moke · Murtlap · Niffler · Porlock · Fire Dwelling Salamander · Streeler · Thestral · Unicorn

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
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