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Dark Wizards and Witches

"First and understand this Harry 'coz it's very important... Not all wizards are good. Some of them gone bad." —Rubeus Hagrid to Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (film)

A Dark Wizard or Dark Witch is any magical person who practices the Dark Arts. They can summon Dementors even dead bodies and all manner of Dark creatures to make huge army and command them to attack their enemies. Noted Dark wizards and witches include Herpo the Foul, Morgan le Fay, Gellert Grindelwald and Lord Voldemort, as well as the latter's followers, known as Death Eaters. Others who might be considered Dark Wizards are the owners and customers of shops such as Borgin and Burkes, and arguably students of Durmstrang as the curriculum there includes the Dark Arts. Many Dark wizards and witches appear to believe in the importance of blood purity and to hate Muggles. In Hogwarts, Most known dark wizards and witches are in Slytherin, though there is not necessarily a connection.

"Dementors are among the foulest creatures that walk this earth. They infest the darkest, filthiest places, they glory in decay and despair, they drain peace, hope, and happiness out of the air around them... Get too near a Dementor and every good feeling, every happy memory will be sucked out of you. If it can, the Dementor will feed on you long enough to reduce you to something like itself...soul-less and evil. You will be left with nothing but the worst experiences of your life." —Remus Lupin to Harry Potter

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

A Dementor is a Dark creature, considered one of the foulest that inhabit the world. Dementors feed off human happiness, and thus cause depression and despair to any who are in close proximity to them. They are also capable of consuming a person's soul, leaving their victims in a permanent vegetative state, and thus are often referred to as soul-sucking fiends. The Ministry of Magic employed Dementors as the guardians of Azkaban until mid-1996, when Lord Voldemort was sighted in the Ministry and their defection to his side was realized. Dementors hold no loyalty except to whomever will provide them with the most souls to consume


The Basilisk is a giant serpent, also known as the King of Serpents. It is a creature bred by dark wizards, specifically Herpo the Foul, the first to breed a Basilisk. This was managed by causing an egg of a chicken to hatch under a toad. Basilisk breeding was banned in Medieval times, by writ of the Ban on Experimental Breeding. Because the Basilisk is a serpent, a Parselmouth may place a Basilisk under his or her control.


The Acromantula are a species of giant spider, native to the rainforests of Southeast Asia, particularly Borneo. Acromantulas are believed to be a wizard-bred species, designed to guard dwellings or treasure hoardes, and were first created before the Ban on Experimental Breeding in 1965. They have a taste for human flesh.

The Banshee is a dark creature with the appearance of a woman with floor lengthened black hair, and a skeletal green tinged face. The Brandon Banshee was supposedly defeated by Gilderoy Lockhart, which he describes in his book, Break with a Banshee; though he admits to stealing credit for his books. Seamus Finnigan is afraid of Banshees, as we see when a Boggart turns into a Banshee facing him, which makes sense because of his Irish background. Seamus also mentions it when Harry Potter opens up the golden egg and hears a screeching sound.

The Runespoor is a three-headed snake native to Burkina Faso in Africa. Runespoors are six to seven feet long, with orange and black stripes. Since they are very easy to spot, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Magic has had to make several forests Unplottable for the Runespoor's use. The Runespoor has long been associated with Dark Wizards, and what is known of their habits is due in large part to the Parselmouths that have conversed with the creatures. Each of the Runespoor's head serves a different function. The left head is the planner, the middle head is the dreamer, and the right head is the critic, whose fangs are highly venomous. It is common to see the far right head missing, as the other two heads often band together to bite it off when it critises the other two heads too much. Because of this, the Runespoor rarely lives to a great age.

The Salamander is a small fire dwelling lizard that feeds on flames. They are born out of the flames of fire, and appear to be blue or red depending on the heat of the flames. They live as long as the flames that spawned them. The Salamander can survive outside out of the flames that birthed it for up to six hours if fed on pepper. Salamander blood has powerful regenerative and curative properties.


Cornish Pixies in the film.

A Pixie is a small, bright blue mischief-maker, and loves tricks and practical jokes. It is able to fly, despite being wingless, and enjoys lifting people up by their ears and depositing them on the tops of trees and buildings. Pixies can only communicate with other pixies. Their voices are described as "so shrill it was like listening to a lot of arguing budgies". They bear live young.


A werewolf is a human who, upon the rising of the full moon, turns into a fearsome nearwolf. Werewolves can be distinguished from regular wolves by several small distinguishing characteristics, such as the pupils of the eyes, snout shape, and tufted tail. At all other times, they appear as normal humans, though will often seem to be ill as the full moon approaches. This condition is caused by infection with lycanthropy, usually occuring when a human is bitten by a transformed werewolf. There is no known cure.

Harry: "Er... right, Well, on that leaflet, it said something about Inferi. What exactly are they? The leaflet wasn't very clear." Prof. Dumbledore: "They are corpses, Dead bodies that have been bewitched to do a Dark wizard's bidding. Inferi have not been seen for a long time, however, not since Voldemort was last powerful.... He killed enough people to make an army of them, of course." — Harry Potter and Dumbledore while they're travelling to Horace Slughorn's place.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

An Inferius (plural: Inferi) is the dead body of a human reanimated by a Dark wizard. They have no free will, and cannot think; their purpose is merely to serve as puppets of the Dark wizard. They were used by Voldemort in both the First Wizarding War and the Second Wizarding War.

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