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The Qilin (pronounced "Chillin") was a half-dragon, half-horse[2] magical beast, with a skinny, scaled and furry deer-like body. They were a very rare Beast, exclusively native to the Kweilin Hills of China.[1]


Qilins were part-dragon, part-horse[2] creatures which had precognitive abilities. They could also look into a person's soul and find out if they were pure of heart. If they perceived someone to be pure of heart, they would bow to them.

Physical appearance[]

Qilins looked very similar to deer, except their backs were covered with golden-bronze scales.[1] They also had two long whisker-like tendrils on their snout, one just behind each nostril, that extended to down to the height of their mid-torso. An adult Qilin was also noticeably larger than a deer.


Qilins were used in the ancient tradition of the walk of the Qilin, where they used their special power of seeing if they are pure of heart to choose the next Supreme Mugwump of the International Confederation of Wizards.[1]

Newt escaping with Qilin SOD

Newt trying to escape with a newborn Qilin, only to be stunned moments later by some of Grindelwald's forces

In 1932, Newton Scamander encountered one near a waterfall in Kweilin. He helped her give birth but the Alliance, led by Credence Barebone, attacked Newt and killed her before kidnapping the newborn Qilin. Newt then discovered another newborn Qilin and that she had given birth to twins. He saved it and took it home, where it was kept in Newt's suitcase.[1]

Qilin and Grindelwald

Grindelwald having revived a dead Qilin

Grindelwald slaughtered the newborn Qilin which Credence had kidnapped to harness its ability of precognition. He later revived it using necromancy and had a vision of the second Qilin that Newt had saved. Grindelwald took the reanimated Qilin to the walk of the Qilin to cheat the ceremony. He controlled it into choosing him to become the next Supreme Mugwump.[1]

The Qilin bows before Dumbledore

The Qilin bows before Dumbledore

Newt, Credence, and Queenie Goldstein instantly exposed Grindelwald for cheating. Without knowing what Albus Dumbledore exactly told Newt, Bunty Broadacre securely delivered the second Qilin to Newt, quoting what she had said before, that no one can know everything and Dumbledore's scheme worked, showing that Bunty had the case with the Qilin the whole time, with no one except Albus knowing. The ceremony went on and the second Qilin truthfully selected the next leader. While Vogel claimed the first Qilin was the real one, it died again in his arms. The second Qilin was then recognised as the real one. Despite not being a candidate, it bowed to Albus who declined the position. It then selected a second candidate, Vicência Santos.[1]


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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 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore - The Complete Screenplay, Scene 9: "Newt tenderly reaches out to stroke the back of the animal as she rolls gently, and we see she's a QILIN: part-dragon, part-horse"
  3. Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore: Movie Magic