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Aside from Hedwig, there are other pets that other wizards brought along with them. Ron has his own pet rat called Scabbers which once belonged to his older brother, Percy. According to Ron, Scabbers is useless because he always sleeps.
But Scabbers is not exactly an ordinary rat. Scabbers is actually a wizard named Peter Pettigrew.
Pettigrew is an animagus, a witch or wizard that can transform into an animal at will.
Hermione Granger also has her own pet, Crookshanks, a half-cat, half-Kneazle. She has the ability to recognize untrustworthy persons even if they have already transformed.
This is why Crookshanks always hunt Scabbers. Crookshanks already knows that Scabbers is an untrustworthy person.
Neville Longbottom, a student at Hogwarts who is also a Gryffindor, has his own pet. Trevor is Neville’s pet toad who got lost on the train during Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
There are other pets on Hogwarts that were not brought by the students, Errol the Great Gray Owl, Buckbeak the Hippogriff, Fang the Dog, Nagini the Snake, and Pigwidgeon the Scops Owl.
Hedwig is the only official pet of Harry Potter. He first got Hedwig in Diagon Alley.
Hagrid gave this snowy owl to Harry for his 11th birthday and ever since then they got really close together.
Hedwig is a very intelligent owl. One time, Hedwig gave a letter to Hermione from Harry.
When Hedwig already has the letter to Hermione, Harry moved out of the Dursley’s home to the Leakey Cauldron. Without even being notified that Harry was in the Leakey Cauldron, Hedwig made it anyway to that place five minutes after Harry arrived.
Hedwig had been with Harry for seven years before she got killed during the Battle of the Seven Potters. This is a very heartbreaking moment for every fan of Harry Potter and Harry himself.
Hedwig is the only friend he had before when he is still living at the Dursley’s home. Hedwig is Harry’s longtime companion and we can see how loyal she was to him.
Even though Hedwig is his only official longtime pet of Harry, there are other magical creatures in Hogwarts that have caught his attention and heart. One of these creatures is Buckbeak, a hippogriff who was part of one of their classes.
Buckbeak attacked Draco Malfoy which resulted in Buckbeak’s execution. Harry grew fond of Buckbeak so it was hard for them to see Buckbeak get executed.
Using Hermione’s Time-Turner, Hermione and Harry went back in time to save Buckbeak even before he got executed.
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Why are there many owls in Harry Potter?
Owls have always been part of the history of magic that is why there are so many owls in Harry Potter as their messenger or companion
What are other pets considered to be part of the magic world?
Cats are also been associated with magic many times. We will always see a witch or wizard riding their broomstick along with their black cat. Professor McGonagall even transformed into a cat once.
Are toads perceived to be associated with magic?
Although it may not seem like it toad has also been connected with witchcraft and wizardry just like owls and cats. They have used ingredients to make a cure.