Native to the Appalachian Mountains, the Wampus cat resembles the mountain lion in both size and appearance. Known to walk on its hind legs, and able to outrun arrows, its yellow eyes are believed to have the powers of both hypnosis and Legilimency. The Cherokee have most extensively studied the wampus cat, they shared native regions, and are the only people able to obtain Wampus cat hair to use as a wand core.
In 1832, wizard Abel Treetops of Cincinnati advertised that he had patented a method to tame wampus cats to use as guards for wizarding houses. MACUSA raided his house and exposed the fraud as he was actually using Engorgement Charms on Kneazles.
The famous wandmaker Johannes Jonker used the hair of this species as a wand core in the early 20th century. Isolt Sayre and James Steward also used the hair for some of their wands in the 17th century. One of the four houses of Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is named after the Wampus cat.
Behind the scenes
- The Wampus cat is a creature that features in the folklore of various indigenous peoples of the southeastern United States.
Notes and references
- ↑ Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, 2017 edition
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 "History of Magic in North America: 1920s Wizarding America" on Pottermore
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017 edition)
- ↑ Pottermore - Writing by J.K. Rowling: "Ilvermorny School of Witchcraft and Wizardry"
- ↑ "Wampus cat" on Wikipedia