"The Quintaped is a highly dangerous carnivorous beast with a particular taste for humans. Its low-slung body is covered with thick reddish-brown hair, as are its five legs, each of which ends in a clubfoot. The Quintaped is found only upon the Isle of Drear off the northernmost tip of Scotland. Drear has been made unplottable for this reason."
Newton Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

The Quintaped, also known as the Hairy MacBoon, was a dangerous magical beast with five legs, each ending in a clubfoot, and was covered with thick, red-brown hair.[2]



Quintapeds were only found of the Isle of Drear, which lay off the northernmost tip of Scotland. The isle had been made Unplottable to minimise the danger posed by these creatures.[2]

Interaction with humans

The quintaped was carnivorous, with a particular taste for humans and as such were extremely hostile towards them.[2]


Quintaped have a certain degree of spell resistance, as they resisted the various attempts to untransfigure them into human form.[2]


Runic number five

The five club footed legs of the Quintaped were used to represent the number five, in the runic alphabet.[4]


According to legend, Isle of Drear was once home to two rival wizard families, the MacBoon clan and the McClivert clan. One fateful night, the family heads, Dugald McClivert and Quintius MacBoon, engaged in a drunken wizard's duel, which resulted in Dugald's death. In retaliation, the McCliverts changed the MacBoons into monstrous five-legged beasts, and realised too late that they had only made the MacBoons more deadly. Resisting desperate McClivert attempts to untransfigure them, the MacBoons killed all the resident McCliverts.[2]

An illustration of a Quintaped in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Until the time of the story proper, the Quintapeds have resisted all attempts by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures to Untransfigure them, and they are unable to communicate with the Quintaped. It can only be assumed, if they are indeed MacBoons, they are happy to live the rest of their lives as Quintapeds.[2] It is also possible that the MacBoons lost their human intelligence and memories in the process.

In 1997, whilst hiding a book in the Room of Requirement at Hogwarts, Harry Potter saw a cage containing a dried skeleton of a long dead Quintaped in the room.[3]


The prefix quint- means "five", while -ped refers to legs. Hence, "quintaped" refers to something having five legs (maybe saying Fivelegs); this leads to a mystery about a relation to the similar creature 5 Legger. The Quint-part of the name could possibly be taken from the legend-told Quintius MacBoon whose first name starts with Quint and was transformed to a Quintaped.

Behind the scenes

Quintaped (Trading Card)


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Notes and references

Study of Ancient Runes
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Professor: Bathsheda Babbling
Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin

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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
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XXXXX Acromantula · Basilisk · Chimaera · Dragon · Horned Serpent · Lethifold · Manticore · Nundu · Quintaped · Wampus cat · Werewolf
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