A cockatrice is a magical creature resembling a rooster with a lizard's tail. During the 1792 Triwizard Tournament, one of the tasks involved capturing a cockatrice. Unfortunately, the cockatrice broke free, and went on a rampage that injured the Heads of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Beauxbatons Academy of Magic, and the Durmstrang Institute.
The cockatrice takes its name from both cock (rooster) and crocodile (old French, cocatris).
Behind the scenes
- The cockatrice is a creature from medieval legends. First described in the twelfth century, it is often described as a two-legged dragon with a rooster's head. The terms "basilisk" and "cockatrice" are often used interchangeably in modern translations of some legends, though obviously the two are different creatures in the Harry Potter universe.
- In the Spanish, Portuguese, Greek and Dutch version of the book, the cockatrice is translated as basilisco, which, in fact, means basilisk.
- In the Polish version of the book, the cockatrice is translated as żmijoptak – Occamy.
- For some reason these creatures are not featured in the fifty-second edition of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It's unknown why this is.
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (First mentioned)