At least some content in this article is derived from information featured in Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. As such, spoilers will be present within the article.
The Runespoor was a magical three-headed snake native to the African country of Burkina Faso. Since they were very easy to spot, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Magic 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 were used to represent the number three. The Runespoor was a possible rare corporeal form of the Patronus Charm. Runespoor eggs were used in the making of certain potions.
Runespoors were commonly six to seven feet long - an exception being the one held by Newton Scamander that was gigantic in size - with orange and black stripes.
According to writings from Parselmouths, each of the Runespoor's heads served a different function. The left head (from the perspective of someone facing the snake) was the planner; it decided where the Runespoor was to go and what it was to do next. The middle head was the dreamer (it is common for a Runespoor to remain stationary for days lost in glorious visions and imaginations), and the right head was the critic; it evaluated the efforts of the left and middle heads with a continuous irritable hissing, and its fangs were highly venomous. It was common to see Runespoors with the right head missing, as the other two heads often banded together to bite it off when it criticised them too much. Because of this, the Runespoor rarely lived to a great age.
Runespoor eggs were produced through the creature's mouth, and the Runespoor was the only magical beast known to produce eggs in such a manner. The eggs were very valuable in making potions that stimulated mental agility, and had flourished on the black market for several centuries.
Some witches and wizards had attempted to create homemade Floo Powder (known as "Faux Floo") using the fangs of Runespoors, but like all imitation Floo Powder, it did not suffice, and causes injury, as noted by Rutherford Poke in 2010.
Newt Scamander carried two Runespoors in his suitcase in December 1926: an apparently normal-sized individual whose right head was wearing a protective cone, and an unusually gigantic specimen. Newt later told Tina Goldstein in 1927 that she had “gone middle head” during her investigation on Credence Barebone, explaining it was an expression derived from the three heads of the Runespoor, the middle of which he claimed was the visionary; he also admitted he was most likely the only person who used the expression.
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.
- The Runespoor appeared as the final boss of a special time-limited Forbidden Forest adventure in the 2021 Hallowe'en update of Harry Potter: Magic Awakened. Players had to defeat the three heads separately. This adventure was brought back in February 2022, again time-limited.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (First appearance)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Appears in deleted scene(s))
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald (Mentioned only)
- J. K. Rowling's official site
- Wizarding World
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World
- LEGO Dimensions
- Harry Potter: Wizards Unite (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Magic Awakened
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
- 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)
- Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Floo Powder" at Wizarding World
- Fantastic Beasts Deleted Scenes
- Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald - The Original Screenplay, Scene 74
- Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World - Case 5: Trouble Brewing
|Study of Ancient Runes|
|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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|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|