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"The oldest recorded merpeople were known as sirens (Greece) and it is in warmer waters that we find the beautiful mermaids more frequently depicted in Muggle literature and painting. The Selkies of Scotland and the Merrows of Ireland are less beautiful, but they share that love of music which is common to all merpeople."
Newton Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]
Selkies are Scottish merpeople, generally considered less beautiful than their warmer-water counterparts, and comparable to the Merrows of Ireland. Notable selkies include the Black Lake Merpeople colony.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • Selkies are creatures appearing in Faroese, Icelandic, Scottish, and Irish myths. They live in the seas as seals, but shed their skin to come on land, in most myths to essentially hang out, often dancing and singing. The most common theme in myths with selkies is humans falling in love with them and stealing their seal skin in order to force the selkie to marry them.

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 26 (The Second Task)
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