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Hair colour


Native range
Alternative names

Biting Fairy

Ministry of Magic Classification


The Doxy, sometimes referred to as the Biting Fairy, is a small Fairy-like creature, sometimes mistaken for a Fairy.


Physiology & Life cycle

The Doxy is covered in coarse black hair, and has an additional set of arms and legs. Doxys have shiny beetle-like wings, and a double row of sharp venomous teeth. If bitten, a wizard or witch should take an antidote immediately. Doxys bury their eggs underground, and can lay up to five hundred at once. The eggs generally hatch in two to three weeks.


Preferring cold climates, the Doxy is found throughout Europe and North America.

Interaction with humans

Doxys are considered pests. They can infest houses, taking up residence in the draperies. Removing them requires a good supply of Doxycide. Cormac McLaggen was also known for eating a pound of Doxy eggs for a bet, making him unable to try out for the Gryffindor Quidditch Team in his 6th year.


Fred and George Weasley used Doxy venom for their Skiving Snackboxes, sold at Weasleys' Wizard Wheezes. Harold Dingle used Doxy droppings to pretend it was powdered Dragon claw to sell to fifth years, but was confiscated by Hermione Granger.


Doxy is an archaic English term, meaning "prostitute". It derives from the Dutch word docke, meaning "doll".


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