A Magizoologist’s guide for the regular witch and wizard getting ready for Wizards Unite
Today we will be covering: Owls
Ministry of Magic Classification: Not Classified
There are over 200 different species of owls. Most of them are solitary and nocturnal, although wizarding owls’ behaviour greatly differs from regular owls in that respect.
Owls are large birds of prey. They have a characteristic upright stance and a large, broad head. Their vision and hearing makes them great hunters. As owls are farsighted, they are unable to clearly see anything within a few centimeters of their eyes.
They also have sharp talons they use to catch their prey and feathers specially adapted for silent flight.
Female owls tend to be slightly larger than males. The colour of an owls feather will greatly vary depending on their habitat, since they tend to blend in with their surroundings.
Owl eggs are usually white with an almost spherical shape. The number of eggs will depend on the species and season. However, in most cases, three or four is the more common number of eggs a female will lay.
Habitat and Diet
Owls are carnivorous and normally hunt mostly small mammals, insects, and other birds. There are, however, a few species that hunt fish.
Their habitat is varied, since they can be found in almost all regions of the Earth. In some African countries, such as Kenya, people think of owls as harbingers of death. Some places of Asia, such as Mongolia or Japan, regard owls as a benign omen, and often carry them in the form of a talisman or charm for good luck.
In modern western areas, people associate Owls with wisdom and vigilance, while in Native American cultures owls are a symbol of death.
Nocturnal birds, loyal pets, and the preferred postal method in the wizarding world.
In the wizarding world, owls are often household pets for their ability to unfailingly carry packages and letters to the correct recipient.
They are one of the few animals students can take to Hogwarts, as per admission guidelines. Once in the castle, owls reside in the Hogwarts Owlery until their owner needs them to send a package.
Owls are distinctly attuned to magic. They are trained to carry parcels, letters and the occasional Howler to its destination. If a witch or wizard doesn’t wish to be found by a wizarding owl, then they must cast a Repelling or Disguising spell on themselves.
The Owl Postal Service is the most common form of communication in the wizarding world. Most magical areas (such as Hogsmeade) will have an Owl Post Office from where anyone can hire any particular owl to carry their mail. Depending on the weight of the package, the distance to the recipient and the speed at which one wishes the message to arrive, the postal service will select a specific owl for the job.
For years, the Ministry of Magic used owls as their official internal form of communication. However, the mess they left in their wake forced them to choose a different method. Currently, the official interdepartmental message system involves paper airplanes that will fly through the air from floor to floor until they find the correct recipient. This method evidently leaves no mess behind.
Owls on Wizards Unite
“Tell yeh what, I’ll get yer animal. Not a toad, toads went outta fashion years ago, yeh’d be laughed at – an’ I don’ like cats, they make me sneeze. I’ll get yer an owl. All the kids want owls, they’re dead useful, carry yer mail an’ everythin’.”
Rubeus Hagrid to Harry Potter
As members of the SoS Task Force we might need to interact with owls. Here’s what we need to remember:
- If you receive a parcel or letter via owl, you will be expected to offer the owl some water and a treat after you retrieve the package.
- When a witch or wizard fails to do so, the owl might nip at the person’s hand in anger, and this could cause quite a bit of damage.
- If an answer is expected, the owl will wait for it, and either follow you or nip your skin until you fulfill this task.
- Older owls may need to rest after a long journey. It’s considered a common courtesy to offer this owl food, water and a safe place to rest until it recovers.
And if we do get to have magical pets in the game, an owl would be an excellent choice.
- Owls are incredibly smart.
- They can hunt and feed themselves.
- Owls are incredibly loyal to their witch or wizard.
- They are the perfect way to communicate with others through the game.
- When we need to find a person, addressing a letter to them and then tracking the owl is a good way to find them
Official in-game communications
In fact, the Owl Postal Service might just be the way Wizards Unite chooses to give us information and tasks. We could wake up every morning, open the game and look around the room. It would be amazing to find an owl perched by the window, ready to deliver our daily tasks.
Do you agree with our choice of pet? Would you like to have an owl as your Wizards Unite sidekick? Do you think the game will provide this as their ‘alert’ system or news feed? Scroll down to the comments section and send us an owl with your thoughts!