Saturday, September 04, 2004

Quote for 4 September 2004

RUNESPOOR
M.O.M. Classification: XXXX[*]

The Runespoor originated in the small African country of Burkina Faso. A three-headed serpent, the Runespoor commonly reaches a length of six or seven feet. Livid orange with black stripes, the Runespoor is only too easy to spot, so the Ministry of Magic in Burkina Faso has designated certain forests unplottable for the Runespoor's sole use.

The Runespoor, though not in itself a particularly vicious beast, was once a favourite pet of Dark wizards, no doubt because of its striking and intimidating appearance. It is to the writings of Parselmouths[**] who have kept and conversed with these serpents that we owe our understanding of their curious habits. It transpires from their records that each of the Runespoor's heads serves a different purpose. The left head (as seen by the wizard facing the Runespoor) is the planner. It decides where the Runespoor is to go and what it is to do next. The middle head is the dreamer (Runespoors may remain stationary for days at a time, lost in glorious visions and imaginings). The right head is the critic and will evaluate the efforts of the left and middle heads with a continual irritable hissing. The right head's fangs are extremely venomous. The Runespoor rarely reaches a great age, as the heads tend to attack each other. It is common to see a Runespoor with the right head missing, the other two heads having banded together to bite it off.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, by Newt Scamander (an alias for J.K. Rowling)


*M.O.M. signifies "Ministry of Magic," and XXXX corresponds to "Dangerous/requires specialist knowledge/skilled wizard may handle."

**Parselmouths are wizards with the rare ability to converse with snakes. Harry Potter is one such wizard.