A bear is a large dog-like mammal, and one of the largest meat eaters living on land. Harry Potter once described Rubeus Hagrid in his overcoat as looking similar to an overgrown bear on its hind legs. Hagrid also owns a coat that is actually made of bearskin.
A teddy bear is a type of stuffed toy that more-or-less takes the appearance of this animal.
Behind the scenes
- In J. K. Rowling's earliest concepts for the series, Hufflepuff's mascot was a bear rather than a badger.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Mentioned only in J. K. Rowling's personal annotated copy)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Mentioned only)
- Pottermore (Appears as a Patronus) (Appears in the Book of Spells challenges)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Appears as a Patronus)