There are many creatures within the Wizarding World who are of great importance to the magical landscapes and outdoor areas seen within the books and films.
Places like the Forbidden Forest and the Great Lake are important areas for the animals that live near Hogwarts. From the unicorns and Thestrals who call the Forbidden Forest their home thanks to the tree coverage and immense amount of land they can use to roam, eat and live within, to the Giant Squid and Grindylows who swim amongst the depths of the Great Lake.
Without these habitats being left mainly untouched by those studying at Hogwarts, these magical creatures would not be able to thrive and live out their lives naturally and without human harm coming to them.
Ecological balance must be allowed to thrive to ensure a stable ecosystem, which means living organisms must coexist within an environment to help maintain stability. Even the smallest creatures can have a big impact on the stability of the ecosystem, like ants and Billywigs, to larger species that are often wrongfully poached, such as lions and Graphorns.
Trivia time! What did Neville Longbottom’s great-uncle Algie give him for his fifteenth birthday? The answer: a Mimbulus mimbletonia plant!
Though Neville often lost his toad companion, Trevor, we have no doubt that Neville cared about him. One thing he made sure of before embarking on the Hogwarts Express was to check that his new plant wasn’t toxic for toads or any other animals his classmates would bring with them. The Mimbulus mimbletonia’s defence mechanism is to release Stinksap when prodded. Stinksap is a dark green liquid that smells like rancid manure. Surprisingly enough, it's non-toxic for humans and animals.
Follow Nevile’s example by ensuring that your furry and leafy companions pair well together!
March 2nd, 2023 marked a special day as Universal Parks and Resorts surprised fans of the Wizarding World with a huge reason to celebrate: Vegan Butterbeer topping was introduced for both the cold and frozen versions of the drink at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood! The creation of a vegan topping for Butterbeer has been a long-term goal for The Protego Foundation ever since we created our first “Accio Vegan Butterbeer” campaign petition in 2018.
After Universal opted to allow Butterbeer to be served without the original dairy topping in July of 2022, speculation arose about a potential vegan topping being tested. On March 1st, 2023, a member of the Universal Orlando Vegans group received a message that appeared to be from a correspondent at Universal Parks & Resorts. The message contained information that a “new non-dairy vegan friendly Butterbeer” would be arriving at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter beginning on March 2nd.
We are absolutely thrilled at this news, and we have all the details on how this vegan version of Butterbeer compares to the original, where exactly you can get the new offering, and what questions still remain regarding this magical news.
We are thrilled to report that Universal Studios Hollywood’s “Animal Actors” show permanently closed on January 8th, 2023.
In addition to dogs, cats, pigs, orangutans, and other birds, the show involved two Eurasian eagle owls who were used in the Harry Potter films. These owls, who appeared in the show daily, were paraded around a stadium filled with people and subjected to loud music and clapping.
We can’t imagine the stress, anxiety, and unhappiness this kind of treatment could cause for all of the animals. It’s safe to say that we, along with any members of S.P.E.W., are over the moon to hear that they will no longer have to experience this terrible ordeal.
When it comes to protecting our planet -- and all the magical creatures who live on it -- reducing the level of human waste is critical. Even if we can’t see it, our actions have a ripple effect; leaving a plastic bottle on a bench may seem inconsequential at the time, but as groundbreaking programs such as Blue Planet II showed us, what we do matters.
On that note, Protego decided to think about some zero waste life lessons that we could take from the Wizarding World, and found that there are quite a few! From reusable hip flasks and secondhand gifts to Transfiguration charms and repurposed Portkeys, here is our Muggle-worthy 7-step strategy for sustainable living (now try saying that 394 times fast)!
It’s that time of year again! Young witches and wizards are preparing to go back to Hogwarts, receiving their lists of books and equipment they’ll need for their upcoming school year. Those pesky growth spurts also mean that new school robes will be in order. Be sure to get to Platform 9 ¾ by 11am on September 1st to board the Hogwarts Express!
Even if you won’t be attending Hogwarts this year, you can channel your inner Hermione by preparing in advance for what you or your kids will need in their upcoming year of Muggle schooling.
It’s important to invest in sustainable and environmentally-friendly products as much as possible, so we’ve put together this handy guide on ways you can add a bit of extra magic to your back to school experience while being as sustainable and ethical as possible.
Guests at Universal parks around the world can now enjoy cold and frozen Butterbeer on tap without the dairy topping!
After The Protego Foundation’s Accio Vegan Butterbeer petition garnered nearly 10,000 signatures overall, Universal made the compassionate choice to allow Butterbeer to be ordered without the dairy topping. This decision was announced on Sunday, July 31st, 2022.
Previously, people with dairy allergies, those who are lactose intolerant, and those who abstain from dairy for animal rights and environmental reasons could not get this delicious and "buttery" drink because the already-vegan soda base would not be served without the dairy topping.
It has been 23 long years since Potterheads were introduced to Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot, Prongs and their mischievous misadventures at Hogwarts. Fans have fanatically fantasised about the Marauders in their youth as so many questions remain unanswered. To celebrate the anniversary of when we solemnly swore we were up to no good, we have cast our inner eye to focus on our beloved Marauders as magically inspiring animal rights activists. Read on to find out what type of activist we think each Marauder would be!
Plastic can take 20 to 500 years to degrade. This means that the plastic produced and used today will continue to impact the lives of future human and non-human animal populations for generations to come.
We have a real plastic problem on our hands, and it’s not just affecting us. It’s affecting the environment and the livelihoods of all creatures, from the Grindylows and Merpeople who live in the Black Lake to the sea turtles, whales, and seals who live within oceans around the world. Imagine how different the second task of the Triwizard Tournament would have been if the champions had to swim through a lake full of plastic! Join us this Plastic Free July (and beyond!) to help create a world without plastic waste.
Forget Fizzing Whizbees! After following this Muggle-worthy guide to magical insects and flora, your garden will be a fuzzy, buzzy bee’s greatest desire. (Now try saying that five times fast!)
Bees are one of the planet’s most hard-working and loyal creatures. They even have the Hufflepuff colors to prove it. Like “interdepartmental memos” for the natural world, bees carry pollen from one flower to another, allowing them to bloom and grow forevermore. Without bees, there would be no flutterby bushes, honking daffodils, or the 250,000 other species of flowering plants, trees, and crops that rely on pollination. Thankfully, we know a Herbology master with expertise in this subject, Professor Neville Longbottom! Even passionate gardeners such as Molly Weasley and former Hogwarts Herbology professor, Pomona Sprout, have been known to take advice from Professor Longbottom. Without further ado, we’ll hand it over to Neville…