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Wolves are a species of canine closely related to the domestic dog.[1] 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[2], and Severus Snape taught it as part of a lesson on werewolves during a lesson he was teaching as a substitute in 1993.[3]


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  1. WP favicon Gray wolf on Wikipedia
  2. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix - Chapter 28 (Snape's Worst Memory)
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - Chapter 9 (Grim Defeat)

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