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"Winged horses exist worldwide. There are many different breeds, including the Abraxan (immensely powerful giant palominos), the Aethonan (chestnut, popular in Britain and Ireland), the Granian (grey and particularly fast) and the rare Thestral (black, possessed of the power of invisibility and considered unlucky by many wizards). As with the Hippogriff, the owner of a winged horse is required to perform a Disillusionment Charm upon it at regular intervals."
Newt Scamander, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them[src]

The winged horse was a magical species of horse, distinct for possessing wings which enabled them to fly. Winged horses were found worldwide, with many different breeds existing, including the Abraxan, Aethonan, Granian and Thestral. Owners of winged horses were required by law to cast Disillusionment Charms on them regularly.[1] Owners might compete in a winged horse race.[2]


A team of Abraxan winged horses were owned by Beauxbatons Academy of Magic headmistress Olympe Maxime, and only drank single malt whiskey.[3] They were used to pull a carriage to transport a delegation of Beauxbatons students to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the Tri-Wizard Tournament in 1994,[3] and again in 1997 for the funeral of Albus Dumbledore.[4]

A Winged horse Patronus

The Abraxan, Granian and Thestral are known corporeal forms of the Patronus Charm.[5][6]

Known winged horse breeds

Behind the scenes

  • The concept of winged horses derives from Pegasus, a pure white stallion with wings from Greek mythology. Pegasus is most directly referenced in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, where an account is related of a wizard who killed a Chimaera while on a winged horse, a reference to Bellerophon using Pegasus to defeat the mythical Chimaera.
  • Pottermore describes that Thestrals have equivalents in other parts of the world, suggesting that there are other breeds of Winged Horses Newt Scamander did not describe.

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