The Runespoor is a three-headed snake native to the African country of Burkina Faso. Runespoors are commonly six to seven feet long, with orange and black stripes. Since they are very easy to spot, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Magic has made several forests Unplottable for the Runespoor's use, and to avoid sightings by non-wizards.
In the runic alphabet, the three heads of the Runespoor are used to represent the number three. The Runespoor is a possible rare corporeal form of the Patronus Charm. Runespoor eggs are used in potion-making.
According to writings from Parselmouths, each of the Runespoor's heads serves a different function.
The left head (from the perspective of someone facing the snake) is the planner; it decides where the Runespoor is to go and what it is to do next. The middle head is the dreamer (it is common for a Runespoor to remain stationary for days lost in glorious visions and imaginations), and the right head is the critic; it evaluates the efforts of the left and middle heads with a continuous irritable hissing, and its fangs are highly venomous. It is common to see Runespoors with the right head missing, as the other two heads often band together to bite it off when it criticises them too much. Because of this, the Runespoor rarely lives to a great age.
Runespoor eggs are produced through the creature's mouth, and the Runespoor is the only magical beast known to produce eggs in such a manner. The eggs are very valuable in making potions that stimulate mental agility, and have flourished on the black market for several centuries.
Some witches and wizards have attempted to create homemade Floo Powder (known as "Faux Floo") using the fangs of Runespoors, but like all imitation Floo Powder, it doesn't suffice, and causes injury, as noted by Rutherford Poke in 2010.
HistoryThe Runespoor has long been associated with Dark Wizards, and what is known of their habits is due in large part to the writings of Parselmouths that have conversed with the creatures.
Behind the scenes
The Runespoor could represent the character of a writer: the first head dealing with plot outlines and story plans, the second head dealing with description and the 'flesh' of the story (often getting stuck spending hours describing a simple scene) and the third head being the writer's internal critic- questioning everything they do and making them revise every single word. Of course some writers start ignoring their internal critic (represented by the runespoors biting off the third head) and without that criticism the story (or the runespoor) dies.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Appears in a deleted scene)
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- J. K. Rowling's Official Site
- Pottermore (Appears as a Patronus)
- LEGO Dimensions
Notes and references
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - Gives six or seven feet as the common length. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) - however featured a deleted scene with a much larger Runespoor; however, as this scene was cut, its canonicity is not clear. (see this image)
- ↑ J. K. Rowling's Official Site
- ↑ Pottermore - (see this image)
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- ↑ Pottermore
- ↑ http://www.snitchseeker.com/harry-potter-news/fantastic-beasts-deleted-scenes-with-runespoor-leads-with-demiguise-online-now-106841/
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 5: Trouble Brewing
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