Harry Potter / Mythology
Harry Potter's Magical Creatures ~ Myths and Legends
If you are a Harry Potter fan, you’ve probably already devoured your hard or soft cover copies of all that’s on the menu from the series, especially since the last is to be released in July this year. But if you still haven’t had your fill, there’s a new delicacy now available to appease your appetite.......Read More!
Myths and Legends of the Otherworld
Every culture in the world has its own version of myths and legends. These myth and legends include those ‘Otherworldly Beings’, or Creatures, which come from the 'Otherworld'. Intriguing, fascinating and often frightening, these Beings or Creatures also feature in the phenomenal book and movie series, Harry Potter........Read More!
Water dominates our planet, in the forms of wells, springs, ponds, lakes, streams, rivers and mighty oceans. It is therefore easy to understand why there are many folktales and myths about beings that inhabit these water realms........Read More!
Air is in constant presence everywhere on our planet, infusing every living thing and moving constantly around, between, over and through objects. It is an element that is invisible and undetectable to human senses, and almost impossible to capture or control........Read More!
Without the fertile earth our planet would be a barren wasteland. Primitive humans understood the important relationship between themselves and the earth. The earth supports us physically and holds the essential components of air, water and fire that are mainstays of life........Read More!
Of all the elements, fire is the one with more destructive capability than constructive. Fire burns too hot to the touch and consumes everything in its path. It works quickly, hungrily devouring, and very little is able to withstand it. Fire wants nothing more than to survive and spread out, and it does so with a fierce beauty that captivates, as it destroys........Read More!
Dragons have always been mythical figures, capturing the imaginations of cultures all around the world. Traditionally they combined the powers of all four elements, in their ability to fly (air), breathe fire (fire), swim (water) and live in caves or underground (earth). Western dragons appear in a number of early literary classics for noble heroes to overcome........Read More!
Unlike the dragons of the Western world, the dragons of the Eastern world and particularly
, are known generally as benevolent beings. The Chinese love their dragons so much they even call themselves, ‘Lung Tik Chuan Ren’, meaning ‘Descendants of the Dragon’........Read More! China
The purest, noblest and one of the most beautiful mythological creatures, the Unicorn has been sought after, hunted and worshiped by humankind since the beginning of time. Unicorns are mystical beings whose natural purity has been known to have spiritual, magical and healing, abilities........Read More!
A mythical creature of glorious colours and living flame, the
can live for 1000 years before submitting to its legacy of death and rebirth. The Phoenix is one of the most ancient mystical creatures, and the most beautiful and amazing of all birds. It has a crimson, gold and purple plumage, resembling the colours of the rising Sun, and its head and beak resembles that of the heron or eagle........Read More! Phoenix
The Gryphon is a symbol of dual natures; good and evil, tame and wild. Its physical features consisted of the body of a lion, wings and talons of an eagle, and ears of a horse. Gryphons represented the majesty of the bird, and the power of the animal kingdoms........Read More!
Although the Centaurs were based on a horse similar to the Unicorn, except for one they couldn’t be more different. In opposition to the purity of the Unicorn, most legends of the Centaurs described them as unruly creatures with untameable appetites for lust and debauchery, even though they derived from one of the noblest creatures........Read More!
According to myth, the beautiful creatures of the ocean called Mermaids often took human lovers, and the male offspring that came of these unions became Otherworldly children, who would return to the ocean as Mermen...............Read More!
Elves are mythical creatures from the tradition of European folklore. Being ‘at one with nature’, they live in woods, and according to legend they were left offerings at the springs and trees. Over time Elves have been represented as both; beautiful and wise noble creatures with small human-like form, and mischievous little people sometimes possessing a darker force...............Read More!
Dwarves are traditionally found in mythology in northern
Europe. They are small and stocky in size, and live in dark underground places, such as caves or inside mountains. Possessing excellent night vision, they are usually ill at ease in the full light of day, and in some traditions they will turn to stone if the morning sunlight falls upon them........Read More!
Although considered to be the cousin of the Elf, the Goblin represents the darker side of the fairy kingdom. Originating from European folklore, the Goblin was regarded as a malicious type of household spirit, similar to the ‘Brownie’ that resided in the homes, cellars and stables of unsuspecting families................Read More!
The Leprechauns of Ireland are very contrary creatures. Sometimes a friend to humans, performing small helpful tasks, they can also become easily angered. They have been around since ancient times when
was inhabited by fairy folk, before the Celts. Small in statue, they possess red hair, rosy cheeks, pointed ears, garments of green, and shoes with shiny buckles...............Read More! Ireland
Ancient and modern cultures, from all around the world, possess legends of Giants. These legends portray Giants in many forms; good or evil, intelligent or mentally challenged, monster-like or human-like. However, there is one thing that is common about the Giants in every legend, from every culture; they are always, very, very tall........Read More!
The disembodied light of the Will O’ The Wisp, hovering over marshes and damp ground has tempted travellers off the beaten track for centuries, and is said to make them recede, vanish or reappear somewhere else. This legend appears in folklore all over
Britain and throughout Europe, and is ancient in origin...........Read More!
Although Medusa became known as was one of the most terrifying inhabitants of the Greek world; so hideous that whoever looked upon her would instantly turn to stone, she was originally a beautiful maiden whose flowing, lustrous hair had the power to even seduce the gods........Read More!
Banshees are among the oldest ancestral spirits of the Fairy world in Irish folklore, and associated with the country as strongly as Leprechauns, shamrocks and potatoes. Also known as Bean-Sidhe, these Banshees were appointed to forewarn members of Irish families of impending death. The Banshee does not cry for just anyone. She is a solitary creature who loves the mortal family she is connected to. Fiercely loyal to her family’s members, and never forgetting her blood ties, she will follow them anywhere in the world........Read More!
According to legend, the Vampire is an undead being that feeds on the blood of the living. They are able to walk among the living unrecognised, stalking their victims until they finally bare their fangs. Their most common traits are great physical strength, and immunity to any lasting effect from most injuries.............Read More!
A Werewolf is a human which turns into a wolf commonly by being placed under a curse. The image of the Werewolf has undergone many changes over time, but what remains unchanged is its association with evil and darkness. Though originating from mythology and legend, there are those even today, who believe they are Werewolves........Read More!