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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. 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, and Severus Snape taught it as part of a lesson on werewolves during a lesson he was teaching as a substitute in 1993.
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.
They were kind and gentle but acted vicious to scare children away from the forest, which had many other dangers.
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.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game) (PS1 version only) (Heard only)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Mentioned only)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Appears as a Patronus)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game (First appearance)
- Harry Potter: The Creature Vault (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (Appears as a Patronus)
- Wizarding World (Appears as a Patronus)
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Notes and references
- Grey wolf on Wikipedia
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Werewolves" at Wizarding World
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapter 9 (Grim Defeat)
- Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, Year 1, "Howling Hallowe'en" Achievement
- Pottermore (see this image)
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Patronus Charm" at Wizarding World
- Writing by J.K. Rowling: "1920s Wizarding America" at Wizarding World