Feet point backwards
Curupiras are red-haired, forest-dwelling dwarves native to Brazil. Curupiras are fiercely protective of any other magical creature, and will defend them when they feel they are being harmed by humans. The feet of the Curupiras face backwards relative to their bodies.
A group of Curupiras are used as the mascot for the Brazilian National Quidditch team. During the opening ceremony of the 2014 Quidditch World Cup, the Curupiras believed that the handlers attempting to stop a fight between the Fijian Dukuwaqa and Norwegian Selma were hurting the creatures and thus attacked, adding to the (already extreme) chaos and bloodshed.
Behind the scenes
- The Curupira is a creature from Brazilian folklore, possibly originating from the European fairies. They have backwards-facing feet to confuse hunters into following them the wrong direction and will attack any poachers they feel take more from their forests than necessary.
- Curupiras were not included in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. It is possible that they were classified as beings, or that the species had not yet been discovered by 1991.
- Pottermore (Mentioned only)