"A little owl with a slightly flattened, hawk-like head peered down at them from one of the branches."

A hawk-like owl could be seen at times perched in one of two aged crab-apple trees in the front garden of the Lovegoods' home.

It is unknown who owns this owl, but it is presumed that it belongs to the Lovegoods, as it is unlikely that it was on their premises by coincidence.

This may be the owl Xenophilius Lovegood used to deliver a message to the Death Eaters to inform them that Harry Potter was in his house.

Behind the scenes

  • This owl may be a Northern Hawk Owl (Surnia ulula), a species known for its similarities with hawks.
  • It is not a Eurasian Eagle Owl as the text describes it as small, while this species is one of the world's largest.