Featured on Episode 4
A beer a day keeps the Hidebehind away.
Mentioned in Fantastic Beasts: YES! M.O.M. Classification XXXX
Reported Locations: North America, often the forests of Massachusetts
First Reported: Early 1600s
Known Abilities: Invisibility, contortion, literally right behind you
The Hidebehind is a tall, humanoid creature with a silvery-blackish coat. It can contort itself to hide behind nearly any object, and due to its breeding, has also inherited the ability of invisibility. It hunts humans and uses its unique physical characteristics to always appear directly behind its prey. It has an intense aversion to alcohol and tends to stay away from large cities, preferring forested, less-populated areas.
Source: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017); The Hodag and Other Tales of the Logging Camps
One notable sighting of the Hidebehind occurred in North America in 1620. Isolt Sayre had recently arrived in the New World, and in order to escape persecution of the Puritans, fled into the woods. She came upon the vicious Hidebehind attacking a Pukwudgie and she cast a curse that made the Hidebehind flee. Because of this chance encounter with the Hidebehind, Isolt formed a relationship with the Pukwudgie that eventually helped with the founding of the North American school of magic, Ilvermorny.
ACCORDING TO NEWT SCAMANDER
The Hidebehind has gained much of its nature from the curious circumstances of its breeding. It is an accidentally created species which was imported to North America by a trader, Phineas Fletcher, who specialized in banned artifacts and creatures.
[Fletcher] had intended to import a trafficked Demiguise into the New World, with the aim of manufacturing invisibility cloaks. The Demiguise escaped on board the ship and bred with a stowaway ghoul… Their resultant offspring took off into Massachusetts forests when Phineas’s shop docked, and their descendants continue to infest the region today…. [The Hidebehind’s] preferred prey is humans, which Magizoologists speculate is the result of the cruelty with which Phineas Fletcher was known to treat the unfortunate creatures in his power.
Source: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2017)