The unicorn and the Hooded Figure

Unicorns are horse-like creatures. They are the purest beings. Their horn and hair can be used for various potions and bandages. Their blood should never be used in potions, as it will give the drinker a cursed half-life.


Pure, white-horned horses, unicorns are swift, powerful creatures. Their horn, silvery blood and hair are all highly magical, although not always beneficial: for example, drinking unicorn’s blood condemns the drinker to live a cursed life.

Unicorns in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

Unicorns are first introduced in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. When Harry, Hermione, Ron and Draco serve their detention with Hagrid in the Forbidden Forest, it is their task to find a wounded unicorn.

Harry and Draco end up finding the creature dead, while a hooded figure is drinking its blood. Harry's scar burns upon seeing the figure, but he is rescued by the centaur Firenze who leads him safely back to Hagrid.

From the Story

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Discovered in chapter 24, Rita Skeeter's Scoop

The unicorn Professor Grubbly-Plank produces for the Care of Magical Creatures lesson is so brightly white that it makes the snow all around it look grey. According to Professor Grubbly-Plank, unicorns prefer a woman's touch, and are nervous of boys.

Discovered in chapter 26, The Second Task

Unlike the fully grown creatures, unicorn foals are pure gold in colour. Unicorns turn silver when they are about two years old, and they grow their horns at around four years old. Unicorns do not turn pure white until they are fully grown, at about seven years old. They are more trusting when they are babies, and don't mind boys as much.

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