Mooncalves are fictional creatures from the Harry Potter Universe.
|Distinguishing Features||Grey skin, slender legs|
|Ministry Danger Classification||XX|
A mooncalf is an incredibly shy creature which - as its name implies - only comes out of its burrow under the light of a full moon. It has smooth, grey skin and four thin, fragile legs ending in flat feet, and eyes on the top of its head. Once in the moonlight, the mooncalf will rear onto its hind legs and perform complicated dance movements, believed to be part of its mating ritual. However, these dance moves have the unfortunate side effect of leaving complicated geometric patterns in their habitat of choice: wheat fields. These patterns often confuse Muggles, who believe these patterns are put there by extraterrestrial life.
Mooncalf manure is incredibly useful if harvested before sunrise, and can often be used to increase the growth rate of Magical Flora.
Mooncalves only receive one reference in the Harry Potter series, and that is in the book J.K. Rowling wrote for charity: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, with the pun author name, Newt Scamander.