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The Runespoor is a three-headed snake native to the African country of Burkina Faso. Runespoors are commonly six to seven feet long,[1] with orange and black stripes. Since they are very easy to spot, the Burkina Faso Ministry of Magic has had to make several forests Unplottable for the Runespoor's use.

The Runespoor is a possible corporeal form of the Patronus Charm.[2]

In the runic alphabet, the three heads of the Runespoor are used to represent the number three.[3]

Description

According to writings from Parselmouths, each of the Runespoor's heads serves a different function. The left head (from the perspective of someone facing the snake) is the planner; it decides where the Runespoor is to go and what it is to do next. The middle head is the dreamer (it is common for a Runespoor to remain stationary for days lost in glorious visions and imaginations), and the right head is the critic; it evaluates the efforts of the left and middle heads with a continuous irritable hissing, and its fangs are highly venomous. It is common to see Runespoors with the right head missing, as the other two heads often band together to bite it off when it criticises them too much. Because of this, the Runespoor rarely lives to a great age.

The eggs that bear a Runespoor's young are produced through the creature's mouth, and the Runespoor is the only magical beast known to produce eggs in such a manner. The eggs are very valuable in making potions that stimulate mental agility, and have flourished on the black market for several centuries.[4]

History

The Runespoor has long been associated with Dark Wizards, and what is known of their habits is due in large part to the writings of Parselmouths that have conversed with the creatures.

Newt Scamander carried two Runespoors in his suitcase in December 1926: an apparently normal-sized individual whose right head was wearing a cone, and an unusually gigantic specimen.[5]

Mathilda Grimblehawk and her partner investigated a case involving a Runespoor, and Runespoor eggs, that had caused Bilius Finbok to be sent to the hospital.[6]

Behind the scenes

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Illustration of a Runespoor from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The Runespoor could represent the character of a writer: the first head dealing with plot outlines and story plans, the second head dealing with description and the 'flesh' of the story (often getting stuck spending hours describing a simple scene) and the third head being the writer's internal critic- questioning everything they do and making them revise every single word. Of course some writers start ignoring their internal critic (represented by the runespoors biting off the third head) and without that criticism the story (or the runespoor) dies.

Appearances

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The giant Runespoor from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them deleted scene

Notes and references


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