|Mythology||Greek mythology, Roman mythology|
Hippogriffs are legendary creatures, supposedly the offspring of a griffin and a mare. It has the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a horse. The reason for its great rarity is that griffins regard horses as enemies. It has been suggested this idea was strong enough in medieval times to produce an expression, "to mate griffins with horses", which meant about the same as the modern-day expression, "When pigs fly". The hippogriff was therefore a symbol of impossibility and the power of love. This was supposedly inspired by Virgil's Ecologues: ... mate Gryphons with mares, and in the coming age shy deer and hounds together come to drink.., which would also be the source for the reputed medieval expression, if indeed it was one.
Their habitat is the sky or land. They come down to land when there are strong gusts of wind and settle down on land for protection.
- In the Harry Potter books, Buckbeak is a Hippogriff.
- Buckbeak the Hippogriff appears in the 2004 film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
- Hippogriffs appear in Scribblenauts.
- Hippogriffs appear in the Warcraft universe as the flying mounts of the Night Elves of Kalimdor. However unlike the traditional Hippogriff; the ones in Warcraft universe have the hindquarters and antlers of a stag with the body and wings of a raven. Along with the spelling of the name changed to "Hippogryph".
- Buckbeak the Hippogriff appears in the 2010 game LEGO Harry Potter Years 1-4.