Once worldwide, now confined to mostly northern areas.
Wolves are a species of canine closely related to the domestic dog. A human affected with lycantrophy will turn into a wolf-like being known as a werewolf every full moon. It appears to be a staple of the Hogwarts Defence Against the Dark Arts curriculum to teach the difference between a werewolf and the true wolf; it was a question on the 1976 Ordinary Wizarding Levels, and Severus Snape taught it as part of a lesson on werewolves during a lesson he was teaching as a substitute in 1993.
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Mentioned only)
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- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (First mentioned)
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (film) (Mentioned only)
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- Harry Potter Trading Card Game (First appearance)
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