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}}{{Quote|Where the [[mummy]] had been was a woman with floor length black hair and a skeletal, green-tinged face — a banshee. She opened her mouth wide and an unearthly soud filled the room, a long, wailing shriek that made the hair on [[Harry Potter|Harry's]] head stand on end —|A [[boggart]] impersonating a banshee|Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban}}
The '''Banshee''' (Gaelic spelling ''beannsidhe'') is a Dark creature native to [[Ireland]] and [[Scotland]].
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The '''Banshee''' (Gaelic spelling ''beannsidhe'') is a Dark creature native to [[Ireland]] and [[Scotland]]. Banshees have the appearance of women and their cries are fetal to anyone that hears them.
   
==Biology and Description==
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== History ==
A banshee had the appearance of a woman with floor length black hair, and a skeletal green tinged face.
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The [[Bandon Banshee]] was supposedly defeated by [[Gilderoy Lockhart]], which he described in his book ''[[Break with a Banshee]]''; though he admitted to stealing credit for his books. The only thing known about the actual witch who defeated the Bandon Banshee was that she had a hairy chin.
   
==History==
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[[Seamus Finnigan]] was afraid of Banshees, as his [[Boggart]] demonstrated. Seamus also mentioned it when [[Harry Potter]] opened the [[golden egg]] and heard a screeching sound.
The [[Bandon 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. The only thing known about the actual witch who defeated the Bandon Banshee was that she had a hairy chin.
 
 
[[Seamus Finnigan]] is afraid of Banshees, as his [[Boggart]] demonstrated. Seamus also mentions it when [[Harry Potter]] opens up the [[golden egg]] and hears a screeching sound.
 
   
 
The singer [[Celestina Warbeck]] is known to perform with a backing group of banshees. Another possible banshee was the [[Bogle-banshee]], mentioned by a student on the "[[Defence Against the Dark Arts Second Year Essential Knowledge Test|Second Year Essential Knowledge Test]]" that [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] gave his [[second year]] [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class in [[1992]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', p. 74 {{see image|File:LockhartTest1.jpg}}</ref>
 
The singer [[Celestina Warbeck]] is known to perform with a backing group of banshees. Another possible banshee was the [[Bogle-banshee]], mentioned by a student on the "[[Defence Against the Dark Arts Second Year Essential Knowledge Test|Second Year Essential Knowledge Test]]" that [[Gilderoy Lockhart]] gave his [[second year]] [[Defence Against the Dark Arts]] class in [[1992]].<ref>''[[Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey]]'', p. 74 {{see image|File:LockhartTest1.jpg}}</ref>
   
==Protection from Banshees==
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==Biology and description==
The only known way to stop a banshee is to break its neck when it closes its eyes to scream, because every other part of its body is as tough as steel.
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Banshees have the appearance of a woman with floor length black hair, a skeletal face, and green skin. A banshee's scream is fatal to the ears, in a manner similar to fully grown [[Mandrake]]s.
   
==Powers and Abilities==
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==Behind the scenes==
A notable power of a banshee is a high-pitched supersonic scream that can kill anyone. A banshee's fatal scream is very similar (if not the same) to a fully grown [[Mandrake]]'s scream, which is also fatal. {{Fact}}
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*[[Mason's wife|Mrs. Mason]] "screamed like a banshee" when the [[owl post]] letter warning Harry Potter about his supposed [[Underage magic]] transgression (actually committed by [[Dobby]]) was dropped on her head.<ref name="CS2">''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'', Chapter 2 - (''Dobby's Warning'')</ref>
   
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
*''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets]]'' {{Mention}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (film)]]'' {{Mention}}
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{Comment|Seen as boggart}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]''
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* ''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban]]'' {{comment|Seen as boggart}}
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* ''[[Daily Prophet Newsletters]]''
*''[[Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire]]'' {{Mention}}
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* ''[[Wonderbook: Book of Potions]]''
*''[[Daily Prophet Newsletters]]''
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* ''[[Pottermore]]'' {{Comment|Seen as boggart}}
*''[[Pottermore]]'' {{C|Appears on book cover}}
 
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==
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Latest revision as of 23:03, December 19, 2014

Banshee
Banshee
Species information
Sentience

Sentient

Eye colour

Varies

Skin colour

Green-tinged

Hair colour

Black

Native range

Ireland and Scotland

Height of average adult

Average height of a human

Distinction(s)
  • Zombie-like appearance
  • Fatal scream
Ministry of Magic Classification

Spirit[1]

"Where the mummy had been was a woman with floor length black hair and a skeletal, green-tinged face — a banshee. She opened her mouth wide and an unearthly soud filled the room, a long, wailing shriek that made the hair on Harry's head stand on end —"
—A boggart impersonating a banshee[src]

The Banshee (Gaelic spelling beannsidhe) is a Dark creature native to Ireland and Scotland. Banshees have the appearance of women and their cries are fetal to anyone that hears them.

History Edit

The Bandon Banshee was supposedly defeated by Gilderoy Lockhart, which he described in his book Break with a Banshee; though he admitted to stealing credit for his books. The only thing known about the actual witch who defeated the Bandon Banshee was that she had a hairy chin.

Seamus Finnigan was afraid of Banshees, as his Boggart demonstrated. Seamus also mentioned it when Harry Potter opened the golden egg and heard a screeching sound.

The singer Celestina Warbeck is known to perform with a backing group of banshees. Another possible banshee was the Bogle-banshee, mentioned by a student on the "Second Year Essential Knowledge Test" that Gilderoy Lockhart gave his second year Defence Against the Dark Arts class in 1992.[2]

Biology and descriptionEdit

Banshees have the appearance of a woman with floor length black hair, a skeletal face, and green skin. A banshee's scream is fatal to the ears, in a manner similar to fully grown Mandrakes.

Behind the scenesEdit

AppearancesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. Zygmunt Budge described the banshee as a spirit in Wonderbook: Book of Potions
  2. Harry Potter Page to Screen: The Complete Filmmaking Journey, p. 74 (see this image)
  3. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Chapter 2 - (Dobby's Warning)

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