Thiago Quintana, an American wandmaker who worked in the early 20th century, used a single spine taken from the back of a White River Monster as the core in all the wands he made. This initially raised concerns of over-fishing, but because Quintana was the only one who knew how to lure the creatures, it ultimately did not have very much of an ecological impact. Quintana fiercely guarded the secret to luring White River Monsters until his death, after which wands containing White River Monster spine cores were no longer made.
Behind the scenes
- The White River Monster is a real-world cryptid. It was reportedly first sighted in 1915 in the White River in Arkansas, and is said to be large, grey, and similar in appearance to a catfish.
Notes and references
- "History of Magic in North America: 1920s Wizarding America" on Pottermore
- "White River Monster" on Wikipedia