The Zouwu (sometimes written as ZouWu) is a powerful magical creature native to China.[2][3]


The Zouwu is said to resemble a "gigantic elephant-sized cat", and is "five-coloured".[4] It is a monstrously large feline beast, as big as an elephant, with a striped body, scraggly mane, four fangs that curl out of its mouth, long sharp claws, and a disproportionately long, ruffled multicoloured tail. Zouwus are incredibly powerful and fast, capable of travelling 1,000 miles in a day.[1]


Skender, the owner and ringmaster of the Circus Arcanus, captured a Zouwu and bore the scars of its abuse.[1] In early September 1927, Newt Scamander encountered the escaped Zouwu, and demonstrated having knowledge about this creature, though curiously, he had not mentioned it in the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them book. To Newt, the creature is just "like a big kitten", despite it being terrifying to most human beings.[5]

Behind the scenes

  • J. K. Rowling confirmed that the Zouwu is based on the creature of the same name in Chinese mythology.[2][6]
  • When Eddie Redmayne and J. K. Rowling first revealed the Zouwu in interviews, some fans misconstrued the pronunciation of its name and incorrectly credited the creature's name to be "Taowu," a different[7] Chinese mythological beast. This was later corrected by Chinese-speaking fans via Social Media.


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