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A '''Fairy''' is a small [[Human]]-like creature with large insect-like wings, which are either transparent or multi-coloured. They possess diminutive intelligence, and live mainly in woodlands or glades.
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A '''Fairy''' is a small [[human]]-like creature with large insect-like wings, which are either transparent or multi-coloured. They possess diminutive intelligence, and live mainly in woodlands or glades.
   
The fairy is a vain creature, and will often allow itself to be used as decoration by [[Wizards|Wizardkind]]. They possess a weak brand of magic that allows it to evade its predators such as the [[Augurey]]. The fairy cannot speak; instead, it makes a high-pitched buzzing noise to communicate with its fellow fairies, but they are able to laugh<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]'' - PS2 version</ref> in a similar way to the [[Flitterby|Flitterbies]] playful buzzing with the wings.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''/''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' - PS1</ref>
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The fairy is a vain creature, and will often allow itself to be used as decoration by [[Wizards|wizardkind]]. Due to their vanity, fairies are almost constantly grooming themselves.<ref name="WBoP">''[[Wonderbook: Book of Potions]]'' - Chapter 4 (''Beautification Potion'')</ref>
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They possess a [[Fairy magic|weak brand of magic]] that allows it to evade its predators such as the [[Augurey]]. The fairy cannot speak; instead, it makes a high-pitched buzzing noise to communicate with its fellow fairies, but they are able to laugh<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]'' - PS2 version</ref> in a similar way to the [[Flitterby|Flitterbies]] playful buzzing with the wings.<ref>''[[Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (video game)]]''/''[[Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (video game)]]'' - PS1</ref>
   
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[[File:FairyCocoons.png|thumb|left|200px|Brightly coloured fairy cocoons in the underside of a leave.]]
 
Fairies can lay up to fifty [[egg]]s in one go, laying them on the underside of leaves. The eggs hatch into brightly coloured larvae, and, at six-to-ten days, they spin themselves into a cocoon. They emerge a month later as adult fairies. [[Bowtruckle]]s eat fairy eggs.
 
Fairies can lay up to fifty [[egg]]s in one go, laying them on the underside of leaves. The eggs hatch into brightly coloured larvae, and, at six-to-ten days, they spin themselves into a cocoon. They emerge a month later as adult fairies. [[Bowtruckle]]s eat fairy eggs.
   
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It is mentioned that at [[Christmas]] time on [[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s third year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] that [[Filius Flitwick|Professor Flitwick]] may have used live Fairies as Christmas lights.
 
It is mentioned that at [[Christmas]] time on [[Harry Potter|Harry]]'s third year at [[Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry|Hogwarts]] that [[Filius Flitwick|Professor Flitwick]] may have used live Fairies as Christmas lights.
   
Their wings are used as an ingredient in certain [[potion]]s; they are knocked down and frozen to get them. Fairies have their own unique type of [[Fairy magic|weak magic]].
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Their wings are used as an ingredient in certain [[potion]]s; removing their wings, while it will not kill them, tends to cause them extreme annoyance, as it does not play to their vanity.<ref name="WBoP"/>
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
*[[Wikipedia:Fairy|Fairies]] have a wide, many-varied appearance in mythology and legend, though they are commonly humanoid and possess magical powers of some form. The small, insect-winged creatures depicted in ''Harry Potter'' are consistent with the modern depiction of fairies, though in more ancient times they were described as more akin to angels or [[troll]]s, and usually lacked wings.
 
*[[Wikipedia:Fairy|Fairies]] have a wide, many-varied appearance in mythology and legend, though they are commonly humanoid and possess magical powers of some form. The small, insect-winged creatures depicted in ''Harry Potter'' are consistent with the modern depiction of fairies, though in more ancient times they were described as more akin to angels or [[troll]]s, and usually lacked wings.
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*The use of fairies as decorations around Christmastime in ways that Muggles use {{wplink|Christmas lights}} is presumably a reference to the fact that said decorations are called "fairy lights" in the United Kingdom. This reference is reinforced in the series itself, as "fairy lights" is one of the [[password]]s used to get into [[Gryffindor Tower]].
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*In ''[[Wonderbook: Book of Potions]]'', the method used to catch fairies (trapping them in a butterfly net and then placing them in a jar) may have been inspired by the ''[[Wikipedia:The Legend of Zelda|Legend of Zelda]]'' series of video games, specifically ''{{wplink|A Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past}}'', which was the first game in the series to allow fairies to be captured this way.
   
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (video game)]]''
 
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
 
*''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)|Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them]]''
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*''[[Wonderbook: Book of Potions]]''
   
 
==Notes and references==
 
==Notes and references==

Latest revision as of 17:55, October 14, 2014

Fairies
Fairy
Species information
Related to
Height of average adult

1-5 inches

Ministry of Magic Classification

XX

Status

Beast

A Fairy is a small human-like creature with large insect-like wings, which are either transparent or multi-coloured. They possess diminutive intelligence, and live mainly in woodlands or glades.

The fairy is a vain creature, and will often allow itself to be used as decoration by wizardkind. Due to their vanity, fairies are almost constantly grooming themselves.[1] They possess a weak brand of magic that allows it to evade its predators such as the Augurey. The fairy cannot speak; instead, it makes a high-pitched buzzing noise to communicate with its fellow fairies, but they are able to laugh[2] in a similar way to the Flitterbies playful buzzing with the wings.[3]

FairyCocoons

Brightly coloured fairy cocoons in the underside of a leave.

Fairies can lay up to fifty eggs in one go, laying them on the underside of leaves. The eggs hatch into brightly coloured larvae, and, at six-to-ten days, they spin themselves into a cocoon. They emerge a month later as adult fairies. Bowtruckles eat fairy eggs.

Muggles' impression of the fairy is a generous one, having been ingrained into children's minds in the form of "fairy tales". Wizards believe that, of all the magical creatures in the world, the fairy, along with the unicorn, have received the best Muggle "press".

It is mentioned that at Christmas time on Harry's third year at Hogwarts that Professor Flitwick may have used live Fairies as Christmas lights.

Their wings are used as an ingredient in certain potions; removing their wings, while it will not kill them, tends to cause them extreme annoyance, as it does not play to their vanity.[1]

Behind the scenesEdit

  • Fairies have a wide, many-varied appearance in mythology and legend, though they are commonly humanoid and possess magical powers of some form. The small, insect-winged creatures depicted in Harry Potter are consistent with the modern depiction of fairies, though in more ancient times they were described as more akin to angels or trolls, and usually lacked wings.
  • The use of fairies as decorations around Christmastime in ways that Muggles use Christmas lights is presumably a reference to the fact that said decorations are called "fairy lights" in the United Kingdom. This reference is reinforced in the series itself, as "fairy lights" is one of the passwords used to get into Gryffindor Tower.
  • In Wonderbook: Book of Potions, the method used to catch fairies (trapping them in a butterfly net and then placing them in a jar) may have been inspired by the Legend of Zelda series of video games, specifically A Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, which was the first game in the series to allow fairies to be captured this way.

See alsoEdit

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