"He kept saying nobody in their right mind would rather study Knarls than Chimaeras."
Hermione Granger about Rubeus Hagrid[src]

A Chimaera is a type of hybrid animal and a violent magical creature native to Greece.



The Chimaera is a vicious, bloodthirsty creature with a lion's head, a goat's body and a dragon's tail.


Because of their ferocity, Chimaeras are classified by the Ministry of Magic as XXXXX (very dangerous), and their eggs are classified as Class A Non-Tradeable Materials.

There is only one recorded instance of a wizard killing a Chimaera, although the victor died from the exhaustion after killing it.

"Dangerous" Dai Llewellyn, the famous Caerphilly Catapults player, was killed by a Chimaera while on holiday in Greece.

In 1995, Rubeus Hagrid stated to Hermione Granger that it was difficult to get a Chimaera egg, causing Hermione to speculate that he had tried to get one, and wanted to use it as part of a lesson, while Hermione advises Hagrid better not to bring dangerous beasts to teach to the Hogwarts students, due to Dolores Umbridge's inspection.

During the Battle of Hogwarts, when Vincent Crabbe cast Fiendfyre which is dangerous magical fire, flaming Chimaeras appeared out of it.

Behind the scenes

  • In classical Greek mythology the Chimaera was the daughter of Typhon and Echidna, her siblings included the Neamean Lion and the Lernean Hydra. The Chimaera was hunted and slain by the hero Bellerophon, son of Poseidon, with the aid of his winged steed Pegasus. The statement in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that the only known killing of a Chimaera resulted in the wizard falling off his winged horse is a direct homage to this tale, as Bellerophon was said to have fallen from Pegasus' back although that happened a long time later when Zeus sent a gadfly after him.
  • A chimaera is literally a "hodge-podge" of several creatures. They are usually described as having three heads in Greek mythology: a lion's head on its front, a goat's head emerging from the back of the lion's head, and a tail tipped with a serpent's head. In the original myth, it was said to have breathed fire (some sources say all three heads did so, while others say only the goat did).
    • In more recent fantasy settings, such as the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons, the third (or fourth, if the snake tail is counted) head of a dragon and draconic wings are often added as well.
  • While the classical Chimaera is part lion, goat, and dragon, a true Chimaera is simply any two or more of anything including humans which leads to the medical diagnosis known as "Chimaerism" which happens when multiple genetic patterns merge in a single organism (often due to two or more fertilised eggs combining into a single embryo).


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