One of the most intriguing aspects of the Harry Potter series, I think, is the combination of various mythologies and the creations of new ones. We love new variations of familiar stories and juxtapositions we never would have thought of. Harry Potter offers us a world where European and Asian dragons coexist; where sphinxes and leprechauns participate in the same events. Maybe mermaids aren’t beautiful; maybe the way they look reflects their classically sinister intentions.
Here are what I think five of the magical creatures that appear in Harry Potter look like.