In the wizarding fairytale "The Wizard and the Hopping Pot", an old man goes to a local wizard looking for help recovering his missing donkey, which he needs to transport his wares to market so he could support his family. The wizard rudely refuses him at first. However, after learning the value of kindness, the wizard relents, and uses a Summoning Charm to retrieve the donkey from a far-off briar patch and return it safely to its stable.
In the late 15th century, the Earl of Paunchley slammed into the Shield Charm cast by Hannah Cockleford to protect the young boy he had cruelly challenged to a jousting match that he was knocked off his horse. Though he survived, the Earl suffered brain damage, and for the rest of his life believed he was a donkey named Hairy Cyril.
During Sybill Trelawney's first third-year Divination lesson in 1993, Seamus Finnigan opined that the shape in Harry's teacup, which Trelawney insisted was a Grim, looked more like a donkey when viewed from a certain angle.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Mentioned only)
- The Tales of Beedle the Bard (Mentioned only)
- Wonderbook: Book of Spells (Mentioned only)