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Every Single Harry Potter Pet, Ranked

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Vote up the pets you'd adopt from the Magical Menagerie.

The animals from the Harry Potter series are nearly as influential as the wizards themselves, and have become characters we care about as much as their owners (with a few exceptions). Who didn't shed a tear when Harry lost Hedwig, wait anxiously to learn of Buckbeak's fate, or take sides in the Team Scabbers vs. Team Crookshanks debate? The relationships the characters have with their animals often mimic the feelings we have for our own pets in the Muggle world. 

Muggle animals are a bit dull in comparison with the Harry Potter creatures, however. They can't guard the Sorcerer's Stone like Fluffy the three-headed dog, burst into flames and regenerate like Fawkes the phoenix, or act as the ultimate tattletale like Argus Filch's cat Mrs. Norris. Many of the beasts in Harry Potter have magical qualities that make them highly desirable pets. 

The pets of Harry Potter are not all created equal. While Hedwig and Crookshanks are easy to envy, other animals - such as Hagrid's entire array of pets - might be more trouble than they're worth. But perhaps you're a real animal lover like Hagrid, and all creatures are cuddly in your mind. Whatever your animal outlook, vote up the pets you'd definitely adopt from the Magical Menagerie.

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    1,238 VOTES
    Hedwig
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros.

    Owner: Harry Potter 

    Species: Snowy owl 

    Notable Skills: Hedwig has an amplified sense of knowledge and understanding, as shown by her ability to carry out complex instructions. She's a skilled hunter and can catch her own food. She also carries Harry's mail to various locations and ensures it's delivered and replied to, per Harry's instructions. She doesn't need an address to deliver mail, just a name, and intuitively knows where someone is located and when they've moved. 

    Best Trait: Hedwig is very loyal to Harry and always looks out for his best interests. 

    Worst Trait: She's moody. Hedwig takes insults very seriously and gets noisily upset if she's locked in her cage for too long.  

    Most Memorable Moment: Riding with the group of seven Potters on Hagrid's motorcycle with Harry, she is struck by a curse. Although the curse was likely meant for one of her companions, she perishes instantly. Her demise greatly upsets Harry, who then has to dislodge the sidecar containing her remains. Harry is devastated by the loss of his beloved pet, first-ever birthday gift, and first friend at Hogwarts. 

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    1,213 VOTES

    Fawkes

    Fawkes
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets / Warner Bros.

    Owner: Albus Dumbledore

    Species: Phoenix

    Notable Skills: Fawkes is a highly intelligent bird. His tears have healing properties. He is immortal; although he periodically perishes by bursting into flames, he is then reborn from the ashes. Fawkes is immune to the gaze of a basilisk and can swallow a curse instead of perishing from it. Fawkes is also extremely strong and can apparate at will, taking people with him when he teleports to a new location. Fawkes's phoenix song can instill courage and calm in those who hear it.

    Best Trait: Fawkes is extremely loyal and courageous, and is always willing to enter entanglements when he senses Dumbledore is in danger.

    Worst Trait: He abandons the school after Dumbledore's demise, seeing no reason to stick around and fight Voldemort after the passing of his master. His abilities could be essential to Harry in later skirmishes, but Dumbledore's passing allows him to be a wild phoenix once again, which he promptly takes advantage of.

    Most Memorable Moment: When Harry encounters Salazar Slytherin's basilisk, Fawkes blinds the serpent by pecking out its eyes. He then drops the Sorting Hat into Harry's lap, which reveals Godric Gryffindor's blade and allows Harry to slay the basilisk. When a fang pierces Harry's arm with basilisk venom, Fawkes uses his tears to heal the piercing and saves Harry's life. He then brings Tom Riddle's diary to Harry, allowing him to get rid of it for good. In short, Harry would never have survived the basilisk onslaught if not for Fawkes.

  • 3
    1,095 VOTES
    Buckbeak
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros.

    Owner: Rubeus Hagrid 

    Species: Hippogriff 

    Notable Skills: Hippogriffs are half-bird and half-horse. These combined qualities make Buckbeak big and strong, and give him the ability to fly. 

    Best Trait: Once you earn Buckbeak's respect, he is very loyal. He'll fight to keep you safe from harm, provided you continue to treat him well. 

    Worst Trait: Buckbeak, like all hippogriffs, is a very proud animal. He doesn't like to be insulted. In fact, he requires total respect and deference during the first meeting; otherwise, you probably won't get anywhere close to him. 

    Most Memorable Moment: After Draco Malfoy insults Buckbeak, the hippogriff lunges at him and harms Draco's arm. He then receives a capital sentence, but Harry and Hermione use the Time-Turner to swoop in right before he is slayed and save him. Hermione and Harry then ride Buckbeak up to Flitwick's office, where they free Sirius Black and allow him to escape on Buckbeak's back. 

  • 4
    995 VOTES
    Crookshanks
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban / Warner Bros.

    Owner: Hermione Granger 

    Species: Cat 

    Notable Skills: Crookshanks has an uncanny ability to sense untrustworthy people and actions, even if those he's examining are transfigured at the time. He can solve problems on his own and expresses an almost human-like ability to understand what's going on around him. 

    Best Trait: He knows exactly who to trust and gives his affection only to those who deserve it. If he likes you, you should feel pretty special. 

    Worst Trait: He keeps to himself a little too much, making it hard for other people to understand his intentions. He can read people very well, but he doesn't do a lot to communicate his worries, which leaves everyone else in the dark. 

    Most Memorable Moment: In Prisoner of Azkaban, Crookshanks meets Sirius Black while he's in his Animagus form of a stray dog. Using his ability to sense a person's intentions, Crookshanks realizes who Sirius is and chooses to trust him. Crookshanks is able to communicate with Sirius and chooses to help him access the Hogwarts grounds by taking the passwords to Gryffindor Tower from Neville. After helping him all year long, Crookshanks develops a bond with Sirius and protects him in the Shrieking Shack. His intervention gives Lupin enough time to arrive, which ultimately leads to the reveal of Scabbers as Peter Pettigrew. His intervention not only saves Sirius's life, but also reveals Voldemort's right-hand man, moving the group one step closer in their fight to defeat the Dark Wizards. 

  • 5
    951 VOTES

    Fang

    Fang
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone / Warner Bros.

    Owner: Rubeus Hagrid 

    Species: Boarhound dog 

    Notable Skills: Fang can run away from danger very quickly, which he does often because he's quite cowardly despite his large size. 

    Best Trait: Although he's a coward, he does his best to defend his master. He runs away in fear if the confrontation gets too scary, but his intentions are good. 

    Worst Trait: He slobbers constantly, often soaking people in his spit while nudging them to pet him. 

    Most Memorable Moment: Fang truly cares for Hagrid. When Dolores Umbridge leads Ministry of Magic wizards to hurt Hagrid, Fang jumps in to defend him. In the process, he's hit by a stunning spell, which then ignites an angry response from Hagrid, who throws the responsible party far away and escapes with his stunned dog. 

  • 6
    801 VOTES

    Pigwidgeon

    Pigwidgeon
    Photo: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire / Warner Bros.

    Owner: Ron Weasley 

    Species: Owl 

    Notable Skills: Pigwidgeon, also known as Pig, is given to Ron by Sirius Black after the group finds out the truth about Scabbers. He delivers letters for Ron and he's very, very tiny - small enough to fit in the palm of someone's hand. 

    Best Trait: Pig is always super excited to deliver letters. He loves attention and jumps at the chance to show off for Ron by completing his task, even though many of the letters are too big for his small frame to handle. He has tons of energy and is eager to please, which is as endearing as it is annoying. 

    Worst Trait: Pig is hyper, loud, and generally bothersome. He annoys Hedwig and the other Weasley owls, and Ron even admits Pig annoys him, as well. 

    Most Memorable Moment: While Harry communicates with Sirius during the Triwizard Tournament, he decides to use Pig as his messenger instead of Hedwig. Not only does this maintain the secrecy of his communication, but it also allows him to keep Hedwig safe from harm while the Ministry of Magic hunts Sirius.