The Murtlap is a marine beast resembling a rat with a growth on its back resembling a sea anemone, found on the coastal areas of Britain.[1]


The favoured prey of the Murtlap are crustaceans, though they will also go for the feet of any human foolish enough to step on them.


Murtlap growth

The growth off the back of a Murtlap; the tentacles are visible

The growth on the Murtlap's back may be pickled and eaten to improve one's resistance to jinxes, although eating an excess of pickled murtlap may cause one to grow unsightly purple ear hair. Murtlap Essence is a home remedy for cuts and abrasions. Murtlap tentacles are included in Murtlap Essence which Hermione let Harry dip his hand in to heal the cuts after his detention with Dolores Umbridge.



Murtlap in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (film)

A Murtlap escaped from Newton Scamander's suitcase during his visit to New York in 1926 and attacked No-Maj Jacob Kowalski. Newt Scamander and Porpentina Goldstein found Jacob unconscious after the attack and when the responsible Murtlap burst from hiding, Newt quickly grabbed it and put it back in his case.[2]


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