- "A horned, frog-headed hunter with a taste for Mooncalves."
The Hodag was a frog-headed creature that was known to exist in the New World. They tend to be drawn to Muggle farms and MACUSA's Department of No-Maj Misinformation works hard to cover up sightings.
It is horned with a frog-like head and glowing, red eyes. It is also roughly the size of a large dog.
Much of the Hodag's magic was contained in these horns; when powdered they would make a person immune to the effects of alcohol and able to go without sleep for seven days and nights. It feeds largely on Mooncalves.
During its search for Mooncalves, the Hodag has been attracted to Muggle farms at night, peaking No-Maj interest and curiosity in it, much like the Snallygaster. The MACUSA Department of No-Maj Misinformation has worked hard to convince the No-Maj community of America that sightings of Hodags were hoaxes. The Hodag is now largely confined to a protected area around Wisconsin.
Behind the scenes
The Hodag is a mythical creature invented by a man named Eugene Shepard in the 1890s. Shepard tricked people into believing he'd captured the beast, generating nationwide publicity before admitting the Hodag was a hoax. The creature remains the mascot of Shepard's hometown, Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
Notes and references
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