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.
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 ealiest 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)