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|status=Extinct/Mythical (possibly)<ref>As they aren't mentioned in ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]'', it is likely they are quite rare or are extinct. Alternatively, the Hydra may be a mythical creature.</ref>
 
|status=Extinct/Mythical (possibly)<ref>As they aren't mentioned in ''[[Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real)]]'', it is likely they are quite rare or are extinct. Alternatively, the Hydra may be a mythical creature.</ref>
 
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The '''Hydra''' is a serpent-like beast with nine heads. The Hydra's nine heads are used to symbolise the number nine in the [[Study of Ancient Runes|runic alphabet]]. <ref>''[[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''</ref>
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The '''Hydra''' is a serpent-like beast with nine heads (although in several myths the Hydra were described to have five heads or even more). The Hydra's nine heads are used to symbolise the number nine in the [[Study of Ancient Runes|runic alphabet]]. <ref>''[[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''</ref>
   
 
==Behind the scenes==
 
==Behind the scenes==
*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Severus Snape]] describes the [[Dark Arts]] as though they were a creature similar to the classical depiction of a hydra: one that regrows two heads for every one that is cut off.
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*In ''[[Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince]]'', [[Severus Snape]] describes the [[Dark Arts]] as though they were a creature similar to the classical depiction of a hydra: one that regrows two heads for every one that is cut off.
 
 
==Appearances==
 
==Appearances==
 
*''[[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''
 
*''[[J.K.Rowling Official Site|J. K. Rowling's Official Site]]''

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Hydra
Hydra
Species information
Distinction(s)

Nine heads

Status

Extinct/Mythical (possibly)[1]

The Hydra is a serpent-like beast with nine heads (although in several myths the Hydra were described to have five heads or even more). The Hydra's nine heads are used to symbolise the number nine in the runic alphabet. [2]

Behind the scenes

Appearances

Notes and references

  1. As they aren't mentioned in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (real), it is likely they are quite rare or are extinct. Alternatively, the Hydra may be a mythical creature.
  2. J. K. Rowling's Official Site


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

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