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Buckbeak (temporarily renamed Witherwings during 1996 to deceive the Ministry) was a Hippogriff. He lived with Rubeus Hagrid and many other Hippogriffs, but was later sentenced to death. After escaping execution in 1994, he came under the care of Sirius Black. Sirius kept Buckbeak with him while on the run during the 1994–1995 school year, and later kept him in his mother's bedroom while in hiding at 12 Grimmauld Place. After Sirius's death, Buckbeak came to be owned by Harry Potter, though Harry allowed him to live with Hagrid. He participated in two battles of the Second Wizarding War. He showed great affection and loyalty to Harry, defending him whenever he is near and in danger. Buckbeak is known to be friends with Sharky, Jon Ikean's grandma, Wheatley and Afro Harry.


Care of Magical Creatures class


Buckbeak in 1993.

In 1993, Rubeus Hagrid brought his first Care of Magical Creatures class to see Buckbeak, as well as other Hippogriffs. Under Hagrid's direction, Harry was able to successfully approach Buckbeak, and was even allowed to ride him for a short flight around the paddock. An intensely proud creature, Buckbeak was offended when Draco Malfoy insulted him, resulting in injuring the boy's arm. Malfoy's father insisted that the Hippogriff be put to death, and with his influence in the Ministry of Magic, managed to ensure that ruling. Walden Macnair came to the Hogwarts grounds to carry out the execution. However, using a Time-Turner, Harry Potter and Hermione Granger rescued Buckbeak just before he was going to be executed. They then flew on Buckbeak to save Sirius Black from Dementors. It is assumed that Buckbeak trusts Harry, Hermione, and Sirius enough that they no longer need to bow to get close to him.

Living with Sirius Black

Sirius Black then took possession of Buckbeak while both were on the run from the Ministry of Magic. Buckbeak stayed in Sirius's late mother's room at 12 Grimmauld Place.

Buckbeak appears with Sirius when he came to talk to Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley about the Crouch family in 1994.

In 1996, Kreacher injured Buckbeak with the encouragement of Bellatrix Lestrange and Narcissa Malfoy so that Sirius would be occupied with taking care of him when Harry tried to contact him. This ensured that Harry would believe a false vision Lord Voldemort gave to him about Sirius being tortured in the Department of Mysteries so as to lure him there, setting the stage for a battle.

Living with Rubeus Hagrid


Buckbeak with Harry Potter.

After Sirius's death in June of 1996, Albus Dumbledore told Harry that according to Sirius' will, he was now the legal owner of Buckbeak, although Harry told Dumbledore that he could continue living with Rubeus Hagrid. In order to protect the hippogriff's identity, Buckbeak was renamed "Witherwings" at this time.

Battle of the Astronomy Tower

He joined Harry's duel with Severus Snape across the grounds in June of 1997 after Dumbledore's death, attacking Snape and driving him off, protecting Harry. Buckbeak survived the battle and was still in good health.

Battle of Hogwarts

During the Battle of Hogwarts, Buckbeak was seen attacking Lord Voldemort's giant soldiers from the air along with several Thestrals, while Grawp was hitting them. Buckbeak survived the battle.

Later life

It is unknown what happened to Buckbeak after the war, but it is possible that he still lives at Hagrid's hut, or else in the forest with the other hippogriffs.

Personality and traits

Buckbeak was a proud creature and at first he seemed to be aggressive, attacking Draco Malfoy when he insulted him. However Buckbeak was actually very affectionate and loyal to people who treated him with kindness and respect. An example of his affection was when he tried to return to Hagrid after Harry and Hermione saved him from being executed. He also protected Harry and Hermione from Remus Lupin while he was in his werewolf form. He was also shown to be very loyal to Harry, defending him from Severus Snape in 1997 when he was cornered, and joining the Battle of Hogwarts in 1998 by attacking Voldemort's giants.

Behind the scenes

Buckbeak (LEGO)

Buckbeak in LEGO.

See also


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