Did you ever notice that so many Harry Potter creatures also feature in Game of Thrones?
Magical creatures make up a huge part of the Harry Potter universe. It is one of the factors that make it so, magical. But the wizarding world is not the only one with magical creatures in it. Weirdly, however, when you start to look at other movies and shows, you start to see some of those same creatures appear over and over again.
But get ready to have your minds blown when you realize just how many of your favorite Harry Potter magical creatures exist not only in the world of wizards and witches but of the Seven Kingdoms as well. The creatures that both J.K. Rowling and George R.R. Martin created for their own individual worlds are eerily familiar when you look at the details.
So here you go, 7 creatures, that exist in both Harry Potter and Game of Thrones.
1: The Acromantula and Ice Spiders
First introduced in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, the Acromantula is a species of giant spider in the wizarding world. A colony of the spider’s established itself in the Forbidden Forest at Hogwarts thanks to Hagrid when he released Aragog, his pet Acromantula in the forest.
Game of Thrones also has its very own giant spider as well. Known as Ice Spiders they have not yet appeared in the TV series but they have been referenced to on several occasions. They have not appeared in the novels either yet but have been referenced to even more than what the TV show has done. They are described as being as huge as large hounds and are ridden by the White Walkers themselves.
2: Merpeople and Mermaids
Making their first appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire when Harry competed in the Triwizard Tournament. Merpeople have routinely featured again and again since then. Living underwater they exist all over the world and are your classic example of Mermaid, except they are more warrior-like creatures.
Although they have never been seen in Game of Thrones, Mermaids are believed to exist. The Grey King is believed to have taken one for his wife and it is said that the Ironborn are delivered to the Drowned God via the help of Mermaids. When it comes to the novels they paint the image of Mermaids as being nothing more than legendary creatures and so far have not surfaced.
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Another underwater creature also exists in the Game of Thrones universe. Known as the Deep Ones, they too have never been seen, but legends speak of their existence. But, whereas the Mermaids are described as the classical image of a Mermaid, the Deep Ones are described as a misshapen race of half men sired by creatures of the sea.
A really obvious one that exists in both the Harry Potter and the Game of Thrones world, Giants, in a way, popped up almost immediately in both the pilot episode for Thrones and the first instalment of Harry Potter. With Hagrid being a half-giant and Hodor believed to be half-giant as well.
However, if you are not accepting Hagrid and Hodor as the example then that is ok, because giants undeniably exist in both universes. Giants became known at an early stage in Harry Potter but we didn’t get to see them until later on in the series. The same applies to Game of Thrones as well. They were mentioned fairly early on but we didn’t see any until a few seasons in.
With the head of human and the body of a lion, the Sphinx exists in both worlds if only very briefly. Harry came across a Sphinx during the third task in the Triwizard Tournament in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Harry had to answer a riddle in order to pass by the mystical creature.
In Game of Thrones the Sphinx varies slightly. It has the head of a human and body of a lion but also the wings of a raptor and guards the entrance to the citadel. The Targaryen household had their very own version of a Sphinx as well. Instead of a body of a lion, it would have the body of a dragon.
5: Werewolves & Direwolves
Ah, Lupin, everyone’s favourite werewolf. Harry Potter had the classical lore when it came to werewolves. First seen in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Professor Lupin would go about by day as human but when then cycle of the full moon came round he would transform into a wolf.
Game of Thrones went a bit different with Direwolves. Extremely large dogs that are closer to a bear’s size than a dog. The Direwolf is also the sigil of the famous House Stark.
Probably the most obvious creature to exist between the two universes. Hagrid hatched his very own baby dragon in Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and we saw them again in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, when Harry had to go up against the Hungarian Horntail Dragon.
Game of Thrones has its dragons too but on a whole different level to the wizarding world. Dragons are king, or should that be queen, in the land of Westeros. Daenerys, the last Targaryen, has three of her very own dragons and she is planning to take back the Iron Throne with the aide of them.
7: Inferius and Wights
The Inferius, one of the darkest and creepiest spells a Dark Wizard can use. Reanimating the dead to do your bidding was supposedly a frequent spell used at the height of Voldemorts reign and was spoken of many times throughout the series. It didn’t come to light until Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. When Harry and Dumbledore tried to retrieve and destroy one of the Dark Lords, Horcruxes.
Wights are also reanimated corpses. They are being raised by the White Walkers in order to form a massive army of the dead to enslave and destroy the free world. The main difference between the two universes is that wights can be either human or animal. Whereas Inferi appear to be only human.
Did you know that so many creatures in Harry Potter also existed in Game of Thrones? Are there any creatures that you know exist in the two worlds that iarenot on this list? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.