Red Cap
Species information


Eye colour


Skin colour


Related to

Goblins (Possibly)

Native range

Northern Europe

Height of average adult

3-4 feet


Bludgeons unwary to death

MoM Classification




"Avoid the Red Cap, a Dark dwarfish creature that lurks in places where blood has been shed and will attempt to bludgeon the unwary to death."
—The description of the Red Cap in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection.[src]

The Red Cap is a small, dwarf-like creature that lives where blood had been shed, such as in the dungeons of castles, the potholes of old battlefields, or simply in holes underground. They attack those who have gotten lost, and though they are extremely dangerous to lone Muggles, a wizard can repel them with charms and hexes. Red Caps are normally around three or four feet tall, with red eyes and long, sharp nails. They are notable in the grounds of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry (including the Forbidden Forest) and the Forest of Dean. Remus Lupin taught his third year Defence Against the Dark Arts class about these creatures during the second lesson of the 1993-1994 school year, and later used them as part of his obstacle course during the final exam of that year. Among the subjects covered in The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection are Red Caps.

Behind the scenesEdit

  • The Red Cap is a real mythological creature; supposedly, it will murder any traveler who strays into its home, dying its hat with their blood, for which they get their name.
  • In LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7, they appear to have beards, Voldemort faces, and a mushroom on their head rather than a cap.


Defence Against the Dark Arts (D.A.D.A.)
Professors: Galatea Merrythought · Quirinus Quirrell · Gilderoy Lockhart · Remus Lupin · Barty Crouch Jr. (as Alastor Moody) · Dolores Umbridge · Severus Snape ·
Amycus Carrow (as Dark Arts teacher)
Textbooks: The Dark Forces: A Guide to Self-Protection · Break with a Banshee · Gadding with Ghouls · Holidays with Hags · Travels with Trolls ·
Voyages with Vampires · Wanderings with Werewolves · Year with the Yeti · The Essential Defence Against the Dark Arts · Defensive Magical Theory · Dark Arts Defence: Basics for Beginners · Confronting the Faceless
D.A.D.A. at Hogwarts: Classroom 3C · Temporary Classroom · Tower · Professor's Office · Storeroom · Staircase · Lesson Cup · Race Cup · Dumbledore's Army
Spells covered under the subject: Curse of the Bogies · Knockback Jinx · Verdimillious (uno, duo & tria) · Wand-Lighting Charm · Glacius · Patronus Charm · Killing Curse · Cruciatus Curse · Imperius Curse ·
Impediment Jinx · Reductor Curse · Stunning Spell · Shield Charm · Nonverbal spells · Hex-deflection · Hex-Breaker · Hex Zapper
Creatures covered under the subject: Vampire bats · Iguanas · Cornish Pixies · Werewolves · Vampires · Hinkypunks · Boggarts · Red Caps · Kappas · Grindylows · Inferius

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