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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]].
 
The '''Banshee''' (Gaelic spelling ''beannsidhe'') is a Dark creature native to [[Ireland]] and [[Scotland]].
   
==Biology and Description==
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==Biology and description==
A banshee had the appearance of a woman with floor length black hair, and a skeletal green tinged face.
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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.
   
 
==History==
 
==History==
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.
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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.
   
[[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.
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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 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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==Behind the scenes==
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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*[[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>
 
==Powers and Abilities==
 
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}}
 
   
 
==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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[[Category:Banshees| ]]
 
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Latest revision as of 17:33, October 18, 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.

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.

HistoryEdit

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]

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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