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"A large, butterfly-like creature that emerges from a small object, possibly a cocoon."
—Description of a Swooping Evil[src]

The Swooping Evil is a blue-and-green winged magical creature.[2] It looks like a cross between a snake and an extremely large butterfly. When it is not flying with its spiked wings, the Swooping Evil shrinks into a green spiny cocoon.[3]

It can be quite dangerous, as it is an encephalophage — it feeds on people's brains — and its skin has the ability to deflect at least some spells. It secretes venom that, when properly diluted, can be used to erase bad memories.[3]


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Swooping Evil attempting to feed on a MACUSA auror's brain

Newt Scamander brought one to New York in his suitcase in 1926, using it to escape from MACUSA with Tina Goldstein and shield them from Aurors that attacked them.

Newt also used the Swooping Evil to distract Gellert Grindelwald (in disguise as Percival Graves) for a crucial second, allowing Newt to restrain him with a vine creeper pulled from his pocket.

A vial of its venom was diffused over New York City through a rainstorm created by Frank, Newt's captive Thunderbird, performing a Memory Charm over the city's entire No-Maj population and preserving the security of the magical community.[2]



What Is A Swooping Evil?

What Is A Swooping Evil?

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