List of organisms named after the Harry Potter series

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The skeleton of Dracorex hogwartsia, a species whose name translates as "The Dragon-King of Hogwarts."

Newly created taxonomic names in biological nomenclature often reflect the discoverer's interests or honour those the discoverer holds in esteem. This is a list of real organisms with scientific names chosen to reference the fictional Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling.



  • Thestral is genus of stink bug named after thestrals, elusive and magical winged horses which pull carriages carrying students from Hogsmeade train station.[20]

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