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Ireland and Scotland

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  • Zombie-like appearance
  • Fatal scream
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"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 description

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.


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]

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Notes and references

  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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