"A wild rabbit. Don't be fooled by his gentle appearance."
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Rabbits (or, colloquially, Bunnies) are small mammals in the family Leporidae of the order Lagomorpha, found in several parts of the world. There are eight different genera in the family classified as rabbits, including the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), cottontail rabbits (genus Sylvilagus; 13 species), and the Amami rabbit

A rabbit in the Magical Menagerie on Pottermore.

(Pentalagus furnessi, an endangered species on Amami Ōshima, Japan). There are many other species of rabbit, and these, along with pikas and hares, make up the order Lagomorpha. The male is called a buck and the female is a doe; a young rabbit is a kitten or kit.

Rabbits, if needed to be dispatched by magic, are particularly vulnerable to Vermillious, as well as the Fire-making spell.

Purple rabbit

In 1991 Harry Potter's Transfiguration class turned a lit candle into a rabbit, which escaped from class and around in the Hogwarts Castle. Harry was entrusted by Minerva McGonagall to capture it. He was awarded 25 House points for this.

Rabbit Slippers

In 1992 Harry Potter's Transfiguration class had to transform rabbits into Rabbit Slippers which was given to Minerva McGonagall. Harry and Ron Weasley had problems with this spell.


Main article: Binky

In 1993, Lavender Brown's pet rabbit Binky was killed by a fox.

Repeating Rabbit

In 1996 Fred and George Weasley ran a product called Repeating Rabbit in their shop Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes in Diagon Alley.

Babbitty Rabbitty

The fictitious Babbitty Rabbity in Babbitty Rabbitty and her Cackling Stump from The Tales of Beedle the Bard was a witch who was an Animagus who could transform into a Rabbit.

Known rabbits

Frog-rabbit hybrids

Frog-rabbit mutation

A frog-rabbit hybrid

If Conjuration is not performed correctly, mistakes such as Frog-Rabbit hybrids can occur, explainable by the Principle of Artificianimate Quasi-Dominance.

Behind the scenes



Notes and references

  1. Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Hogwarts Ghosts" at Pottermore]
  2. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 16 (A Very Frosty Christmas)
  3. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 11 (Quidditch)
  4. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Chapter 14 (Norbert the Norwegian Ridgeback)