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The Banshee (Gaelic spelling beannsidhe) is a Dark creature native to Ireland and Scotland.

Biology and description

Banshees have the appearance of a woman with floor length black hair, a skeletal face, and green skin. Aside from their necks, their entire bodies are tough as steel, granting them superhuman strength. A banshee's scream is fatal to the ears, in a manner as fully grown Mandrakes.


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 "Second Year Essential Knowledge Test" that Gilderoy Lockhart gave his second year Defence Against the Dark Arts class in 1992.[1]


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