"Medium-sized spider that can spin webs stronger than steel cable."
Folio Bruti[src]

The black widow is the common name of spiders in the genus Latrodectus, known for a (somewhat misattributed) prevalence of sexual cannibalism in females of the genus. Black widows are also known for the strength of their silk; they can spin webs stronger than steel cable. Black widows are particularly weak to the Knockback Jinx and the Fire-Making Spell when compared to other Creatures.

The Burrow had an infestation of black widows during the summer of 1992.[1]

Behind the scenes

  • The presence of black widows in the Game Boy Color version of video game adaptation of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is somewhat inaccurate. While black widows are not unknown in Great Britain, they are not native to the region and are rarely seen, being more common in warmer environments.


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