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“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 all.”

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:


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