Hippogriff. A lengendary creature, a Hippogriff is supposedly the offspring between a griffin and a mare and has been featured in many mythological tales, books, and works of fiction, both old and new. According to 19th century American author Thomas Bulfinch, 'it has the head of an eagle, claws armed with talons, and wings covered with feathers, the rest of its body being that of a horse.'
The most notable appearance of this mythological creature in pop culture is, of course, in the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. Buckbeak appeared in the third book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as a teaching tool in Hagrid's Care of Magical Creatures Class.
From Newt Scamander's Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them:
Hippogriff. M.O.M. Classification: XXX -- The Hippogriff is native to Europe, though now found worldwide. It has the head of a giant eagle and the body of a horse. It can be tamed, though this should be attempted only by experts. (Side note by Ronald Weasley: Has Hagrid read this book?) Eye contact should be maintained when approaching a Hippogriff. Bowing shows good intentions. If the Hippogriff returns the greeting, it is safe to draw closer.
The Hippogriff burrows for insects but will also eat birds and small mammals. Breeding Hippogriffs build nests upon the ground into which they will lay a single large and fragile egg, which hatches within twenty-four hours. The fledgling Hippogriff should be ready to fly within a week, though it will be a matter of months before it is able to accompany its parent on longer journeys.
If you could transform into any mythological creature, what would you be?