“What are Veel-?”
But a hundred Veela were now gliding out onto the pitch, and Harry’s question
was answered for him. Veela were women… the most beautiful women Harry had ever
seen… except that they weren’t – they couldn’t be – human. This puzzled Harry
for a moment, while he tried to guess what exactly they might be, or what could
make their skin shine moon-bright like that, or their white-gold hair fan out
behind them without wind… but then the music started, and Harry stopped worrying
about them not being human – in fact, he had stopped worrying about anything at
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 The Quidditch World Cup pgs. 93-94
“The leprechauns had risen into the air again and, this time, they formed a
giant hand, which was making a very rude sign indeed across the pitch towards
the Veela. At this, the Veela lost control. They launched themselves across the
pitch, and began throwing what seemed to be handfuls of fire at the leprechauns.
Watching through his Omnioculars, Harry saw that they didn’t look remotely
beautiful now. On the contrary, their faces were elongating into sharp,
cruel-beaked bird heads, and long scaly wings were bursting from their shoulders –
“And that, boys,” yelled Mr. Weasley over the tumult of the crowd below, “is why
you should never go for looks alone!”
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Chapter 8 The Quidditch World Cup pg. 101
Fleur Delacour, the champion from Beauxbatons (and later Bill Weasley’s wife),
was part-Veela (her grandmother was a Veela, and provided a hair for the core of
Fleur’s wand). Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire describes her as having blue
eyes, long silvery-blonde hair and very white, even teeth. Her voice is throaty.
She also on several occasions has an effect on the men and boys around her (i.e.
they become enamoured; try to impress her with tales of impossible feats).
However, there is no record of Fleur ever having any of the other
characteristics of a Veela (throwing fire, being able to transform etc). This
does not, however, mean that she DOESN’T have these characteristics – it could
simply mean she just doesn’t show them.
This means, if you want to create a character which is part-Veela, whether you
choose to give her the ability to transform when angry or to throw fire is up to
you. Even part-Veela tend to have the physical appearance of Veela (which is
pretty specific), but that isn’t to say you couldn’t dye your character’s hair
(as part of their vain tendencies?).
Useful Links to Information About Veela
The HP Lexicon
Fleur Delacour: http://www.hp-lexicon.org/wizards/fleur.html
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