The Fwooper is a magical African bird with brightly-coloured feathers, which can include orange, pink, lime green and yellow. Listening to the Fwooper's high pitched, twittering song will drive the listener insane, so each bird must be sold with a Silencing Charm placed on it. The Charm has to be reinforced monthly, and a licence is required to own one of the birds.[1]

Fwooper feathers are used as quills, and they lay patterned eggs.[1]

A Fwooper is featured on the front window of Magical Menagerie at Diagon Alley.[2]

The four colour varieties of the Fwooper are used to represent the number four, in the runic alphabet.[3]


Uric the Oddball once tried to convince the Wizards' Council that the Fwooper song was actually beneficial to a Wizard's health, and listened to it continuously for three months. His presentation did not go well, when he turned up wearing nothing but a toupee that, on closer examination, was revealed to be a dead badger.[1]

Newton Scamander had a Fwooper in his suitcase during his visit to New York in 1926.[4]

Behind the scenes


The number four, in runic

  • The Fwooper is also the mascot of a Harry Potter-based animal rights group called the Fwooper Foundation. The organisation uses the Harry Potter series to compare how magical creatures (like Pygmy Puffs) in the Wizarding World and creatures in the muggle world (such as cats and dogs) are treated. The ancient rune Fwooper represents the number four, so they focus on four ways animals in the muggle world are used and exploited: animals used for food, used in entertainment, used for clothing, and used for companionship. The group's slogan is "Breaking the Silencing Charm."



An illustration by J.K. Rowling

Notes and references

Study of Ancient Runes
Ancient Runes Made Easy
Professor: Bathsheda Babbling
Textbooks: Advanced Rune Translation · Ancient Runes Made Easy · Magical Hieroglyphs and Logograms · Rune Dictionary · Spellman's Syllabary
Known Runes: Acromantula · Demiguise · Ehwaz · Eihwaz · Fwooper · Graphorn · Hydra · Quintaped · Runespoor · Salamander · Unicorn · Unknown · Mark of Merlin