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- "A fast and powerful cat native to Appalachia."
- — Description[src]
Somewhat resembling the mundane mountain lion or cougar in size and appearance, the Wampus Cat was native to the Appalachian Mountains. It could walk on its hind legs, outrun arrows, and its yellow eyes were reputed to have the power of both hypnosis and Legilimency. The Wampus cat was fast, strong, and almost impossible to kill.
Isolt and the Pukwudgie William took trips to observe these creatures and watched newborn Wampus kittens playing. One of the four houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, founded in the 17th century, was named after the Wampus cat. This name of the house was decided by Webster Boot. Isolt Sayre and James Steward also used the hair for some of their wands.
In 1832, wizard Abel Treetops of Cincinnati claimed to have patented a method of taming Wampus Cats for use as guards over wizarding houses. Treetops was exposed as a fraud when MACUSA raided his home and found him putting Engorgement Charms on Kneazles.
During the 1990–1991 school year, a rogue Wampus cat attacked and injured both Dolores Umbridge and Ismelda Murk in Hogsmeade. Because the creature hypnotised them both, they could only remember seeing its yellow eyes, leaving them to believe it was a werewolf. Jacob's sibling investigated the case with the Beast Division. Jacob's sibling later located the loose beast at Hogsmeade station, and managed to subdue the beast. It was brought back to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and was later observed by the Care of Magical Creatures Professor Silvanus Kettleburn and the Groundskeeper Rubeus Hagrid, along with some students.
Behind the scenes
- The Wampus cat is a creature that features in the folklore of various indigenous peoples of the southeastern United States.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film) (Mentioned only)
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017 edition) (First appearance)
- Wizarding World
- The Case of Beasts: Explore the Film Wizardry of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery
Notes and references
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017 edition)
- "History of Magic in North America: 1920s Wizarding America" on Pottermore
- Writing by J. K. Rowling: "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 15 (The Counter-Serum)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 9 (A Beast of a Division)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 10 (The Wampus Cat's Out of the Bag)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 7, Chapter 11 (Goodbye, Magical Creatures…)
- Wampus cat on Wikipedia
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