"C'mon, now, get a move on! Got a real treat for yeh today! Great lesson comon' up! Everyone here? Right, follow me!"
Rubeus Hagrid at his first Care of Magical Creatures lesson[src]

Care of Magical Creatures is an elective course at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that can be taken by students Third year and above. In the class, students learn about a wide range of magical creatures, from flobberworms to Fire crabs, and even unicorns and thestrals. Students are taught about feeding, maintaining, breeding, and proper treatment of these various creatures. The witches and wizards who succeeded in achieving an O. W. L. in the subject later could become Magizoologists. Some known magizoologists were Newt Scamander, his grandson Rolf Scamander and his wife Luna Scamander (not Lovegood).

Class informationEdit

"My brother Charlie was the outdoors type, so he went for Care of Magical Creatures."
Percy Weasley on choosing subjects in third year[src]

Care of Magical Creatures is a subject taught only to those in their Third year or above who choose to take it.

It is unknown how many of Harry Potter's fellow students chose to continue Care of Magical Creatures in their N.E.W.T. year, however Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger left the subject after completing their O.W.L.s.



Silvanus Kettleburn taught Care of Magical Creatures until 1993, when he retired "to enjoy more time with his remaining limbs." He was succeeded by Rubeus Hagrid, whose lessons became controversial after Draco Malfoy was injured by a Hippogriff. After Malfoy was injured, Hagrid was more restrained in the animals he showed to the class for the remainder of the year. Hagrid occasionally brought creatures that were illegal to class. Hermione Granger attempted to organise Hagrid's classes in order to make him a better teacher and prevent him from being fired. In his second year of teaching the subject, Hagrid introduced the his fourth year class to Blast-Ended Skrewts during his lessons, a species of illegally bred creatures.

During the 1994–1995 school year Hagrid was replaced, for a short time, as Care of Magical Creatures Professor by Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank who gave lessons on Bowtruckles and Unicorns.


Care of Magical Creatures classes typically take place outside of Hagrid's hut, but some lessons occasionally take place in the Forbidden Forest, such as the Thestral lesson.


Among the creatures the students learned about in these lessons during Harry's school period were:

Third yearEdit

  • Hippogriffs - Practical lesson which culminated in Buckbeak "savagely mauling" Draco Malfoy. It was actually only a small injury that Malfoy played up for several reasons. Among those are to get Hagrid in trouble, to annoy Harry, Ron, and Hermione, to get out of playing the Quidditch match vs. Gryffindor in bad weather, and to get some of his school work extended or done for him.
  • Flobberworms - Dull lessons which mostly involved feeding them lettuce, which resulted in them dying from being overfed.
  • Salamanders - Taught while Hagrid was depressed about Buckbeak's pending execution.

Fourth yearEdit

  • Blast-Ended Skrewts - Raised as a project throughout the year. All ended up killing each other, with only two remaining by the Third Task, and only one by the end of the year. These were possibly illegally bred mixes of Manticores and Fire crabs.
  • Nifflers - A practical lesson which involved searching for leprechaun gold.
  • Unicorns - Adults and foals; the adult lessons were mostly girl-dominant, while the foals allowed the boys to approach.

Fifth yearEdit



Other creatures shown to classes across the years include:


The Monster Book

The Monster Book of Monsters.

"Hasn' anyone bin able ter open their books? Yeh've got to stroke 'em."
—Hagrid in his first lesson of magical creatures; he thought the books were funny.[src]

During Professor Hagrid's time teaching, Third-Year students used The Monster Book of Monsters, a book which would attempt to bite anyone near it unless stroked along the spine. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was also a textbook used in this class.

Known O.W.L.sEdit

Behind the scenesEdit

  • As revealed in Pottermore, J. K. Rowling had originally devised this class to be called "Beasts", and to be compulsory from the first year.[2]


Notes and referencesEdit

  1. She stated in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix that Hagrid was a much better teacher, implying that she advanced to the NEWT class.
  2. Pottermore - Hogwarts School Subjects (J.K. Rowling's thoughts)

Care of Magical Creatures
The Monster Book
Professors: Silvanus Kettleburn · Rubeus Hagrid · Wilhelmina Grubbly-Plank (substitute teacher)
Textbooks: The Monster Book of Monsters · Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Care of Magical Creatures at Hogwarts: Hagrid's Hut · Forbidden Forest · Care of Magical Creatures classroom
Creatures studied: Hippogriffs · Flobberworms · Salamanders · Blast-Ended Skrewts · Nifflers · Unicorns · Thestrals · Bowtruckles · Crups · Fire crabs · Knarls · Kneazles · Porlocks

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