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Laura Thorn: "They do exist! I knew it!… Do dragons exist, too? And yetis and trolls? Oh! What about the Loch Ness Monster? So I was right all along… My life's work, vindicated! I have uncovered the unknown! Wait, can you lot do magic?!"
Mathilda Grimblehawk: "Why, yes, we can. Allow my colleague here to demonstrate…"
Mathilda Grimblehawk and her partner, immediately before Obliviating Muggle Laura Thorn.[src]

The Loch Ness Monster, as it is popularly known, is the world's largest Kelpie. Its favourite shape is that of a Sea serpent. Wizard observers from the International Confederation of Wizards discovered it was a Kelpie when they observed it changing into an otter on the approach of a team of Muggle investigators, then back into a Sea Serpent. The Office of Misinformation has worked diligently, convincing the Muggles that all photographic evidence of "Nessie" is actually fake.[1]

Rubeus Hagrid once offered the use of the lake at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to house the creature.[2]

Behind the scenes

  • The Loch Ness Monster is a creature believed by some to live in Loch Ness, Scotland. Though it is most commonly identified as a plesiosaur-like creature, sea serpent depictions are not uncommon either. The reference to the Office of Misinformation discounting photographic evidence may be in reference to the "sturgeon's photograph", which was once considered plausible evidence of the Loch Ness Monster's existence but is in more recent years believed to have been a hoax.
  • It is possible that the kelpie seen in Wonderbook: Book of Spells is intended to be the Loch Ness Monster, as it is rather large, lives in a Scottish loch, and takes the form of what appears to be a sea serpent, rather than the horse form the species generally takes.

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