A Magizoologist’s guide for the regular witch and wizard getting ready for Wizards Unite
Today we will be covering: The Phoenix
Ministry of Magic Classification: XXXX – Dangerous / requires specialist knowledge / skilled wizard may handle
A Phoenix’s body is covered in fiery crimson feathers that glow faintly in the dark.They also have a golden tail as long as a peacock’s. Their tail feathers are hot to the touch and a Phoenix could use them to burn someone if they are grabbed. An adult Phoenix is roughly the same size as a Muggle swan.
They have sharp, golden claws and talons they readily use as a weapon when angered. Their beak is also golden, and their eyes are a deep black. Females are larger than males. Phoenix eggs are glossy green or blue in colour. They require no incubation but may not hatch for several years.
As phoenixes approach their Burning Day they resemble a half-plucked turkey. Their eyes become dull, their feathers start to fall out, and it begins to make gagging noises. Then the bird suddenly bursts into flames only to rise from the ashes shortly after. In a number of days, they grow back to full size. Thanks to this ability, phoenixes live to an immense age.
Habitat and diet
Phoenixes are generally peaceful creatures and tend to live in small groups. They usually prefer to nest on mountain peaks. They are native to regions of India, China and Egypt.
Although they tend to remain in those areas, when a Phoenix bonds with a witch or wizard they are extremely loyal and will stay with them until their death. In some cases, they will even remain with the witch or wizard’s family after their death and bond with another family member.
However, when the ‘owner’ of a domesticated Phoenix dies and it doesn’t remain in the family, the Phoenix will return to their original habitat.
Phoenixes are herbivores, and will regurgitate indigestible plant material as pellets.
Special Traits and Abilities
Phoenixes have certain abilities that make them unique even amongst the most fantastical of creatures. Here are some of them:
Phoenixes are largely considered immortal beasts, since they can regenerate themselves. A Phoenix will periodically burst into flames when its body becomes old, and then rise from the ashes as a newborn chick. This event is called Burning Day, and gives these birds a great life span, as well as the ability to take magic as strong as a Killing Curse and still be reborn.
A phoenix can carry immensely heavy loads. In fact, it could transport witches and wizards holding on to its tail through large distances without difficulty.
Phoenixes can also disappear and reappear at will in bursts of flames. They can even take whoever is holding onto them along, similar to how Apparition works.
Their ability to transport themselves at will also makes for a great way to send secret messages to others. In fact, it was reportedly used by the Order of the Phoenix during the war to send warning messages. Dumbledore’s Phoenix Fawkes would burst into flame and reappear elsewhere, leaving behind a single golden tail feather.
A Phoenix’ feather is also powerful enough that many of the best wandmakers use it as a wand core.
This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.
Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.
Mr Garrick Ollivander, Pottermore
The Phoenix is an incredibly faithful beast, and many say that it will come to the rescue of those who share the same loyalties when they are in danger.
Their tears have extremely potent healing capabilities. Not only can they cure open wounds, but they can also bring a person back even from the brink of death. Another unique trait is their melodic song, which will increase the courage of the good and strike fear into the hearts of the evil.
Lastly, Phoenixes will regurgitate indigestible plant material as pellets. These are highly sought after both for their medicinal properties and for the peculiar appearance of the gemstones within. Many believe these rare stones, or ‘Phoenix Flint’, afford protection from cold in high places to those who wear them.
The Phoenix on Wizards Unite
If, as members of the SoS Task Force we are on the hunt for a Phoenix, here’s what we need to remember:
- Approach it gently and carefully. If startled, they might just disappear in a burst of flame.
- Do not try to touch or grab on to them, as their tail feathers might burn you.
- Stay a safe distance away from their beak and talons.
- Do not try to use magic directly on them. You may want to use a modified Anti-Apparition spell to stop them from leaving, along with some sort of containment device.
And if we do get to have magical pets in the game, a Phoenix would be an excellent choice.
- They are extremely loyal. If you bond with a Phoenix, they will stay with you for the rest of your life.
- Their Claws and beaks, along with their burning feathers, make for a powerful ally in a fight.
- They have healing abilities that might save your hide during the game.
- Their song will increase your courage and, with The Calamity out there, that’s never a bad thing.
- Phoenix Flint might come in handy if you are in a cold area.
- Your Phoenix could easily transport you away from any bad situation, or even fly you away if you hold on to its tail long enough.
- Your sidekick would not only be powerful, but also immortal. What else could we ask for?
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