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The Harry Potter Creature You Are Based On Your Zodiac Sign

The Wizarding World of the "Harry Potter" franchise is full of wondrous things. From colorful characters in the form of witches and wizards of varying alignments to incredible spells and super cool magical artifacts, there's a lot to keep viewers in awe. One aspect that mostly flew under the radar when watching the "Harry Potter" movies is that of magical creatures, though they've been brought to the forefront in the spinoff "Fantastic Beasts" film series, starring talented actor Eddie Redmayne in the role of intrepid and totally awkward magizoologist Newt Scamander. Newt may be a bit of an odd duck, figuratively, but he is full of compassion and would insist that there's no such thing as an odd duck, just narrow-minded people. Well, the line is "there are no strange creatures, only blinkered people," but surely you get the gist if you're middle head. 

Given the preponderance of magical creatures we meet in the Wizarding World, we thought it best to study them and come up with some sort of rhyme or reason by which to sort them, one that we muggles can appreciate. One that's simpler than the esoteric hierarchies and classifications of the foremost magizoologist and author of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them." With that in mind, we turned to astrology, muggles' own study of the stars, and consulted our personal Sorting Hat, in the form of the traits listed by Refinery 29. Here is the "Harry Potter" creature you are based on your zodiac sign.

Aries is a Niffler

Not unlike a duck-billed platypus in appearance, the curious and avaricious niffler nearly stole the show in the first "Fantastic Beasts" film. This tricky little bugger's desire for all things shiny resulted in more than a few of the movie's more comedic bits — let's just say they're on the official Wizarding World site's list of most mischievour creatures for a reason! "It makes sense that they're adorable; it makes it much more likely that you'll forgive them for raiding your [jewelry] box, robbing you blind, and destroying your house," the description reads in part.

Based on the traits listed at Refinery 29, we posit that the niffler most closely represents the sign of Aries. An Aries is courageous, determined, and confident, all characteristics the niffler displays in its constant quest to capture all of the bling it sees. Likewise, it has a clear enthusiasm on display during its shenanigans. Nifflers lack the ability to communicate via human speech, so its difficult to ascribe qualities like optimism, honesty, and passion to such a creature, but given its unflinching efforts, we're comfortable with those labels on an understood, intrinsic kind of level. 

That desire for anything made of lustrous metals can also result in negative tendencies. It would be totally fair to describe a niffler's greed as having an air of impatience. The bling-first-ask-questions-later approach to life certainly earns the creature descriptors like impulsive and aggressive as well.

Taurus is a Centaur

Without anything to do with the obvious nomenclature similarities, we've decided that the astrological sign of Taurus most closely represents Centaurs from the Wizarding World. They are both reliable; those who've read the "Harry Potter" books know that a Centaur named Firenze actually comes to teach divination at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, though those who've only seen the movies should recognize him as the Centaur who saved Harry (Daniel Radcliffe) in the forbidden forest from his encounter with Voldemort and Professor Quirinus Quirrell (Ian Hart) in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone." Given the litany of abuses that they've suffered at the hands of humans, you'd have to call them "patient" as well. Like those born under Taurus, Centaurs are practical, responsible, and stable, staying true to their ways of living in forest colonies and avoiding contact with humans as a whole, thereby not interfering in future events they've foreseen through divination.

Centaurs, of course, fall prey to the negative traits associated with Taurus as well. They're certainly stubborn and uncompromising; one fun fact about Centaurs reveals that they chose the classification of "Beast" rather than "Being," despite possessing a level of intelligence on par with that of humans. Why would they knowingly choose such a designation with the British Ministry of Magic? According to the "Fantastic Beasts" book, they did not wish to be associated with Hags and Vampires, both of which the Ministry classified as Beings; we're not totally convinced it didn't also have something to do with not wishing to be associated with Humans either.

Gemini is an Occamy

The winged serpent creature known as the Occamy — which bears a strong resemblance to the Aztec god Quetzalcoatl — can be beautiful and also totally deadly. The official Wizarding World site lists them among the scariest creatures we encounter in "Fantastic Beasts." We get to meet several infant Occamy and they're nothing but absolute cuteness, though they're quite protective of their pure silver eggs — some of which Newt Scamander gives to Jacob Kowalski in order to offer startup capital for him to open his bakery. We also learn that they're choranaptyxic, allowing them to either shrink or grow to fill the available space. When one goes missing and ends up in the attic of a New York City department store attic, it grows to an enormous size — despite still being a hatchling — forcing Newt to devise a plan to essentially capture a tempest in a teapot.

Based on their absolutely bonkers ability to grow and shrink with such ease, we've got to say that an Occamy is a Gemini. Represented by a pair of celestial twins, a Gemini often has a dual nature, not unlike a creature that has traits of both a bird and a serpent. Like a Gemini, an Occamy is gentle, affectionate, and curious. Their primary similarity, however, is their adaptability, as tied to their ability to grow and shrink. Like Gemini, the Occamy could be seen as nervous, given their protective nature over their shells, and inconsistent, though we're not sure that's something over which they have any measure of control.

Cancer is a Hippogriff

Hippogriffs are among the cooler creatures we meet in the Wizarding World. They first show up in "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" in the form of Buckbeak, a charming half-horse, half-eagle creature introduced to the Hogwarts students taking Care of Magical Creatures with Professor Rubeus Hagrid (Robbie Coltrane). Why are Hippogriffs so awesome? Well, in addition to saving Harry and Hermione (Emma Watson) in the film's third act from the lycanthropic Professor Remus Lupin (David Thewlis) in Werewolf form, Buckbeak also lends a hand in Sirius Black's (Gary Oldman) escape. Not to mention he totally taught Draco Malfoy (Tom Felton) a lesson when the greasy git got too close and failed to heed Hagrid's warnings. 

We've decided that Hippogriffs are the magical creatures most closely aligned with the astrological sign of Cancer. While one of their defining characteristics is a proud nature — perhaps indicating Leo as an appropriate choice — the traits listed by Refinery 29 indicate that those born under Cancer are tenacious, and that certainly tracks. They're also loyal and emotional, both traits Buckbeak displays in his affections for Harry and the protection he provides, in addition to serving as Sirius' escape vehicle. Among Cancer's weaknesses, they can be moody, pessimistic, and suspicious, all of which come out in Buckbeak's dealings with Draco. He's offended by Draco's lack of respect and doubtful of his good intentions, which culminates in the aforementioned attack. And just for being a Hippogriff and displaying normal Hippogriff behavior, Buckbeak is sentenced to death, courtesy of Draco's father, Lucius Malfoy (Jason Isaacs) and his influence with the Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge (Robert Hardy).

Leo is a Zouwu

By our reckoning, those born under Leo are most closely aligned with the Zouwu. While that's in part due to the creature's leonine nature — the Wizarding World website also lists them among the scariest creatures from "Fantastic Beasts," saying "Not only do they resemble lions with their scraggly manes but are also the size of an elephant, with a tail the length of a python" — it also shares some traits with the celestial lion. While it would be hard to impute characteristics like "creative and passionate to the creature, we think it's fair to call the Zouwu that Newt saves from the Circus Arcanus in "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald" as generous, given the rescue it provides him, Tina Goldstein (Katherine Waterston), and Leta Lestrange (Zoe Kravitz) inside the French Ministry of Magic. Likewise, we'll call the Zouwu warm-hearted and cheerful; despite clearly being abused and ill-treated in the circus, the creature is easily charmed and Newt is able to win its heart and trust with a simple shake of what appears to be an ordinary cat toy.

The big knock on Leos is that of pride. According to Refinery 29, that manifests in the form of weaknesses like arrogance, laziness, inflexibility, and a self-centered nature, none of which we're sure are fair to say about the Zouwu based on what we've seen on the big screen. We're certainly fine with imputing a level of pride to it; after all, it's a stunningly regal creature, if you can get past the existential terror is instills in most people who look upon it.

Virgo is a Demiguise

In the first installment in the "Fantastic Beasts" series, we get to meet the Demiguise, a silver, simian-looking beast with a clear intelligence and the ability to vanish, turning itself completely invisible. The Demiguise in Newt Scamander's care escapes, causing the magizoologist great concern, but its reason for disappearing and stealing things is ultimately revealed to be altruistic in nature; the Demiguise has located the missing Occamy and is placating the now-giant serpentine-avian creature, in addition to feeding it. Based on this, the Demiguise most closely lines up with characteristics Refinery 29 lists for Virgo. Per the outlet, Virgo is loyal, which the Demiguise displays in its care for the missing Occamy, also proving itself kind and hard-working in the process.

Given its propensity to disappear and remain invisible, we're confident in attributing Virgo's weakness of shyness to the Demiguise. Its care of the Occamy also exhibits the quality of worry, at least in the form of concern for its fellow creatures. Like a Virgo, the Demiguise is also all-work-and-no-play; while other creatures are living it up, frollicking around New York City and living their best lives, its busy taking care of a giant snake bird that's holed up in a department store attic. Surely there's plenty of fun things to do in New York for an invisible primate to get up.

Libra is a Bowtruckle

Bowtruckles are not only adorable, they're super handy to have around in case one is prone to getting locked up in subterranean holding cells by mysterious wizards. At least, that's what Newt Scamander's experience with his friendly Bowtruckle, Pickett, who helped to liberate his human pal in "The Crimes of Grindelwald" when Yusuf Kama (William Nadylam) locks him up. Based on the characteristics we found at Refinery 29, we're confident in saying that Bowtruckles are most like the astrological sign of Libra. They're both cooperative, evident in Bowtruckles' tendency to live in a colony called a branch. We're not sure you'd call them diplomatic, given that the Wizarding World website said the tiny tree guardians "are known to gouge out the eyes of tree surgeons, woodcutters and the like." However, descriptors like gracious, fair-minded, and social all certainly apply. 

Bowtruckles are not immune to the weaknesses to which Libras are prone. They tend to avoid confrontation, which is why they're so reclusive, the obvious exception being their penchant for protecting their trees and the whole eye-gouging thing. One thing Pickett specifically displayed is a Libra's tendency to carry a grudge; remember that stink he got into when he thought Newt was going to trade him to the gangster goblin Gnarlak (Ron Perlman) for information at the Blind Pig speakeasy? This could have inflamed the Bowtruckle's tendency to indulge in self pity, if they indeed share that trait with Libras.

Scorpio is a Phoenix

The noble Phoenix is the Harry Potter creature best-suited to represent Scorpio, according to the traits we got from Refinery 29. Viewers get to know Professor Albus Dumbledore's pet Phoenix, Fawkes, in "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" and his actions in this film and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" are what convinced us. Like a Scorpio, Fawkes is resourceful, bringing Harry Potter the Sorting Hat when he was fighting the Basilisk in the Hogwarts sewers, allowing Harry to retrieve the sword of Godric Gryffindor and kill the monster. They're also brave — see: above — and a true friend, evident in the aforementioned act of heroism and those performed in "Order of the Phoenix" — which really should have just been about Fawkes, considering the title. 

When High Inquisitor Dolores Umbridge (Imelda Staunton) discovers Harry teaching Defense Against the Dark Arts to his fellow students in the Room of Requirement, all signs point to it being a plan by Professor Dumbledore; after all, Harry had called the gathering "Dumbledore's Army," which was more than enough for Minister Cornelius Fudge to ask aurors John Dawlish (Richard Leaf) and Kingsley Shacklebolt (George Harris) to take him into custody for conspiracy and sedition. Well, Dumbledore says he has no intention of coming quietly or going to Azkaban and Fawkes clearly has no intention of letting that happen either; the loyal Phoenix flies toward Dumbledore, who claps his hands together, at which point Fawkes creates a fantastic display of fire and both wizard and bird disappear. Like Kingsley said, Dumbledore's got style.

Sagittarius is a Runespoor

Figuring out which "Harry Potter" creature was most representative of the sign Sagittarius called for a bit of creative thinking and we eventually landed on the Runespoor. The most basic description from the Wizarding World website is that the Runespoor is a black-and-orange snake from Africa. Seems simple enough, right? That doesn't even sound special. Oh, wait; "not even Harry Potter without his glasses on could mistake it for non-magical serpent, because Runespoors are at least six feet long and have three heads." Well that changes things a bit. 

What makes this creature even more unique and interesting is that each of the Runespoor's three heads has a separate personality and function. The left head is the planner, figuring out the serpent's next move. The middle head is the dreamer, a task so compelling that the Runespoor may become "lost in glorious visions and imaginings" for several days straight; you may recall Newt Scamander telling Tina Goldstein that she's "gone middle head" in "The Crimes of Grindelwald" because she was the only auror in Europe who wasn't trying to kill Credence Barebone (Ezra Miller). The Runespoor's right head is the critic, which evaluates the jobs the other two heads are doing and offers feedback in the form of a constant hissing.

How, you may ask, does that make this beast a Sagittarius? According to Refinery 29, they are idealistic, which is exactly what a dreamer should be. Sagittarius may also promise more than it can deliver and they are also prone to speaking their minds, no matter how undiplomatic their opinions may be — covering the planner and critic, respectively. 

Capricorn is a Sphinx

Capricorn was another tough celestial nut to crack, when it came to figuring out a fantastic beast from the Wizarding World that represented it. In fact, we had to go to a creature that appeared in the "Harry Potter" books but never showed up in the films: the Sphinx. While it's true that Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and his family visited Egypt prior to the events of "Prisoner of Azkaban," the actual Sphinx itself didn't show up until the book corresponding with the next film, "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." Viewers may recall that the third task from the TriWizard tournament involved the competitors making their way through a giant, magical hedge maze, seeking the titular object at its center. Those who read the book, however, know that Harry encountered a Sphinx in the course of his journey through the labyrinth and was forced to answer its riddle. 

As the Wizarding World site tells us, the Sphinx is half-human, half-lion and is so intelligent that they were "used by witches and wizards of old to guard valuables, delighting in posing riddles to those who crossed their path." They also tend to be violent toward humans. Well, Refinery 29 tells us the Capricorn is responsible and disciplined and that they make good managers, all of which you'd want out of a creature guarding your stuff. A Capricorn also tends to be a know-it-all and is unforgiving and we can't think of a more unforgiving know-it-all than a hybrid creature that will attack you if you don't answer its riddle correctly.

Aquarius is a Merperson

Okay, we admit it; we picked Merperson for Aquarius mainly because it's known as the celestial water-bearer and Merpeople live under water. We first meet them in "Goblet of Fire" when they play a role in the second task of the TriWizard Tournament. As we learn, a colony of Merpeople lives in the Great Lake — something we never would have suspected in "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" when Harry and the other first-year students cross the lake to get to Hogwarts, per school tradition.

Sadly, we learn so little about Merpeople that there's no way of knowing how many of Aquarius' strengths, if any, they may exhibit. It's hard to know if they're progressive, original, independent, or humanitarian when they're introduced by the screeching golden egg that has to be submerged under water in order to turn into a beautiful song that won't make your eardrums bleed. But, by virtue of their part in the second task of the tournament, we can say with confidence that they certainly exhibit some of the sign's weaknesses. Merpeople are definitely temperamental, which Harry learns when he tries to rescue both Ron and Hermione — he nearly got a trident through the throat for his efforts, something that likely would have undone the effects of Nevill Longbottom's (Matthew Lewis) gillyweed. They're also rather uncompromising, refusing to allow Harry to take both of his friends. Given that they've been living under the lake for all this time and we never find out until Harry's fourth year, we think it's also fair to say that Merpeople tend to be aloof.

Pisces is a Kelpie

Rounding out our astrological rundown of the fantastic beasts of the Wizarding World from the "Harry Potter" franchise is Pisces, which we've paired up with the rather incredible Kelpie. Pisces is a sign that's often at conflict, as it's represented by two fish swimming in opposite directions. As the Wizarding World website reveals, a Kelpie is a shape-shifting water demon, though another entry reveals it most often takes an equine form and has a mane made of aquatic plants — not unlike the non-magical but still pretty awesome leafy sea dragons found at the National Geographic website. So how exactly are these two alike?

We're not going to lie, you wouldn't call a Kelpie compassionate or gentle, as you would a Pisces; that would be a pretty hard sell to anyone who knows they often lure unsuspecting people to climb onto their backs and then drag them to the depths of whatever body of water they're inhabiting in order to eat them. You would, however, call them artistic, given the many incredible forms they take. In fact, the most well-known Kelpie in the world is one with which even muggles are familiar. The Loch Ness Monster is, indeed, a Kelpie that occasionally takes the form of a large sea serpent that inhabits a lake in Scotland, hence the sporadic appearances. It's also fair to say that Kelpies are wise, given their ability to trick unwitting humans — who consider themselves the most advanced and intelligent animals on the planet — into becoming lunch.