The Quintaped, also known as the Hairy MacBoon, is a dangerous magical beast with five legs, each ending in a clubfoot, and is covered with thick, red-brown hair.
Interaction with humans
The quintaped is carnivorous, with a particular taste for humans and as such are extremely hostile towards them.
The prefix quint- means "five", while -ped refers to legs. Hence, "quintaped" refers to something having five legs.
UsesThe five club footed legs of the Quintaped are used to represent the number five, in the runic alphabet.  Incidentally, the classification of the creature is also five X's.
According to legend, Isle of Drear was populated by two wizard families, the MacBoon clan and the McClivert clan, who were apparently rivals. The family heads, Dugald McClivert and Quintius MacBoon, got drunk and engaged in a wizard's duel, which resulted in Dugald's death. In retaliation, the McCliverts attacked the MacBoons, turning them all into monstrous five-legged beasts. However, the MacBoons were infamously inept wizards, and the McCliverts realised too late that they had made the MacBoons infinitely more deadly. Resisting desperate McClivert attempts to untransfigure them, the MacBoons killed all the resident McCliverts.
Whether the legend is true or not is unclear. There are no surviving McCliverts or MacBoons today that can relay the fate of their ancestors. For their part, the Quintapeds have resisted all attempts by the Department for the Regulation and Control of Magical Creatures to Untransfigure them, and they are unable to communicate with the Quintaped. It can only be assumed that, if they are indeed Transfigured MacBoons, then they are happy to live the rest of their lives as Quintapeds.
Behind the scenes
- In Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, when Harry Potter opened a cabinet in the Room of Requirement to hide a copy of Advanced Potion-Making from Severus Snape, it contained a caged skeleton with five legs. However, it is not specifically identified to be a Quintaped.
- Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (First appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Possible appearance)
- Harry Potter Trading Card Game
Notes and references
|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|