"He opened one of the cupboard's creaking doors: It had already been used as a hiding place for something in a cage that had long since died; its skeleton had five legs."
—Harry Potter discovers a 5 Legger skeleton when trying to hide the Half-Blood Prince's book.[src]

The 5 Legger[1] was a type of creature, so named because of its five legs, two set on its upper body like arms, and three arranged around its pelvis like a tripod, with three fingers on each foot. In addition, the creature had an elongated skull and horns similar to that of a triceratops.[2]

At some point in Hogwarts history, someone had reason to hide one of these creatures in the Room of Requirement, choosing a large cupboard to place its cage in. Whether it was still alive at the time is unclear, but by 1997, it had degraded to the point of being a bare skeleton. Harry Potter, seeking to hide the Half-Blood Prince's copy of Advanced Potion-Making, chose the same cupboard, stashing it behind this creature's cage.[3] It was presumably destroyed around a year later when Vincent Crabbe ignited most of the Room of Requirement with Fiendfyre.

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Notes and references

  1. The file name for this image on Peter Mckinstry's website is "caged_5_legger_fweb.jpg".
  2. See this image.
  3. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Chapter 24 (Sectumsempra)