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Wolves are a species of canine closely related to the domestic dog.[1]

A human affected with lycanthropy would turn into a wolf-like being known as a werewolf every full moon, although they could be distinguished from a true wolf by their shorter snout and smaller pupils.[2] It appeared to be a staple of the Hogwarts Defence Against the Dark Arts curriculum to teach the difference between a werewolf and the true wolf; it was a question on the 1976 Ordinary Wizarding Levels,[3] and Severus Snape taught it as part of a lesson on werewolves during a lesson he was teaching as a substitute in 1993.[4]

A pack of wolves lived in the Forbidden Forest. This particular pack was descended from two werewolves who mated in wolf form during a full moon. Unlike humans afflicted with Lycanthropy, such wolves did not transform and were no more savage than other wolves while being extremely intelligent and beautiful.[5]

They were kind and gentle but acted vicious to scare children away from the forest, which had many other dangers.[2]

A wolf was one possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[6] Remus Lupin's Patronus Charm took the form of a wolf, as did that of Nymphadora Tonks once she fell in love with him.[7]

Wolf was also a common surname and given name among people of Germanic descent from which the word originated, and had been adapted by others in the Americas, such as the famous American wandmaker Shikoba Wolfe.[8]

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